Apr 26, 2016

Water Professionals Instruct Congress About Water Treatment

WQA invites professionals to Washington, D.C. for Earthy Day as industry delegates

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April 22 marked National Earth Day, bringing awareness to the environmental conditions impacting the nation’s water supply. With water contamination concerns headlining the news across the country, water treatment professionals representing a variety of companies visited Congressional offices to urge members of Congress to support feasible treatment options for drinking water.

The water treatment professionals traveled to Washington, D.C. as delegates of the Water Quality Assn. (WQA).

“When water leaves a municipal treatment facility, it meets all the guidelines of the Safe Drinking Water Act. But, because water travels a long distance to reach a home or business, the water coming out of the faucet may not. The potential for contaminants to make their way into the water after treatment is very real,” said Pauli Undesser, WQA deputy executive director. “Before a water crisis occurs, we should be encouraging people to have their water tested and educate people on how to find appropriate certified water treatment systems.”

Arising from the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Senate bill 2535 requires a state that has primary enforcement to provide a short-term remedy for lead, including bottled water or water treatment systems (e.g. faucet filter) no more than seven days after a public notice has been released.

Since 1959, the WQA Product Certification Program has been certifying point-of-entry and point-of-use (at the tap or whole house treatment) water treatment systems that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Product Certification Program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). View the ANSI listing webpage and certificate for accredited certification programs.