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WQA shares research regarding U.S. water infrastructure
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) joined hundreds of other groups across the country, including local chambers of commerce, water utilities, legislators and policy organizations, in support of Infrastructure Week 2017. The effort is designed to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue that affects all Americans.
“Water must be part of any conversation about rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure,” said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “We want to make sure quality water is available to everyone, especially in disadvantaged areas.”
WQA released the results of a national consumer study earlier this year that found that more than a third of Americans (36%) were concerned about contaminants in their tap water, an 11-percentage point increase over a similar survey taken in 2015.
In addition, 29% said they’re concerned about whether tap water is safe to drink, while 36% said their municipality is not doing enough to ensure that the water reaching their home is safe to drink.
Conducted in January and February of 2017, the study by Applied Research-West, Inc. on behalf of WQA, offers a snapshot of Americans’ evolving attitudes and perceptions about their water. It is the sixth time in 13 years WQA has commissioned this professional opinion research team.
WQA recommends homeowners have their water tested by a water treatment professional or certified lab. Water treatment professionals can be found using WQA's Find Water Treatment Providers tool. WQA recommends treatment products that have been certified. Consumers can visit WQA’s product certification listings to search WQA’s database of certified products and professionals.
The report presents the findings of a national online survey conducted by Applied Research-West Inc. between Feb. 1 and 15, 2017. A total of 1,711 adults over the age of 18 and living in private households were interviewed. ARW used a random sampling procedure and the survey results.