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National Drinking Water Week this year is May 5-11
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
National Drinking Water Week this year is May 5-11

National Drinking Water Week: a good time to consider protecting your family with clean, safe water 

 Lisle, Illinois — As National Drinking Water Week opens, consumers can look for personalized water treatment options to ensure they are protecting their families.

National Drinking Water Week this year is May 5-11.


“This is a time when we can think about how to make our water as clean and as safe as possible,” said Dave Haataja, executive director of the Water Quality Association. 

WQA offers performance-based certifications under its Gold Seal program. The Gold Seal is designed to help consumers choose products that are effective. 

“As awareness increases, consumers are looking for more and more ways to protect themselves and their families,” said Dave Haataja, executive director of the Water Quality Association, a not-for-profit trade organization that commissioned the survey.

An independent consumer survey released earlier this spring showed Americans feel more concern about their water.

A quarter of consumers surveyed said they are “extremely concerned” about the quality of their water supply. Increasing numbers of Americans also say their primary concern over their water quality is related to contaminants.

WQA provides seals of approval on a variety of drinking water treatment products. They
are awarded only after thorough laboratory tests, literature review, and materials assessment. WQA’s product certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute.

The association also trains professionals in the field to make sure they are providing consumers with ethical service that fits their needs. To be certified, professionals go through a series of classes and specialized training and pledge to abide by a strict code of behavior. Those certified must show a required level of knowledge of water chemistry and treatment technologies and commit to continuing education.

WQA has also pointed to the fact that with “Final Barrier” protection, treatment in the home focuses on water that is actually consumed by people. It is an economical and environmentally sensitive approach, Haataja said.

Final Barrier is predicated on the fact that only one percent of all municipal water is consumed by humans. The other 99% flushes toilets, waters lawns, and supports cleaning, commercial, and industrial processes. Consumers can implement Final Barrier treatment in their homes or businesses.

“The last drop of water arrived on Earth 4.4 billion years ago, and now it is up to us to make sure what we drink is as safe and healthy as possible,” said Haataja. “We don’t make new water, but we can treat the water we have.”

Dedicated to consumer education and public awareness, the Water Quality Association is
a not-for-profit trade group of businesses that provide treatment solutions for safe, clean water throughout the world – in homes, schools, commercial and industrial settings, and more. WQA promotes best practices for superior products and environmental sustainability with the guidance of respected, independent standards. Its labs conduct rigorous testing and certification, and training programs promote professionalism and ethics. Learn more: wqa.org
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