The revised standards now include softeners and ion exchange resins
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) has revised two sustainability standards to include softeners and ion exchange resins. WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802 has been revised to expand the scope to include ion exchange resins. Additionally, WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 has been revised to include cation water softeners, and other products that utilize ion exchange resins (such as pour-through pitchers and inline filters).
The WQA Sustainability Certification Program allows retailers and consumers to verify that a product has been manufactured according to industry standards for recognized best practices in environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The two primary standards available for certification are WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802: Sustainable Water Treatment Media and WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems.
In areas with hard water and droughts, consumers are more likely to seek out softeners that are more efficient and that can decrease chloride discharge levels. The new edition of S-803 addresses these concerns with its criteria that provide assurance to both consumers and regulators that the water treatment industry is contributing their part to offer practical solutions to this problem.