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Chemicals Remain in Most Treated Water, Says Report

Saturday, December 6, 2008 General News J E 4
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LISLE, Ill., Dec. 5 Following a USGS study released todayshowing that man-made chemicals remained in two-thirds of the publicly treatedwater that was tested, the Water Quality Association is encouraging consumersto educate themselves on possible solutions.

According to a report by the U.S. Geological Survey, low levels of about130 man-made chemicals were not removed by public treatment processes. TheUSGS examined water from nine selected rivers used as sources for public watersystems. Tests were conducted before and after public treatment processes.

WQA, a not-for-profit alliance of water treatment companies, has become aresource for consumers and public policy makers seeking information about theissue. WQA offers an online fact sheet with answers to the issue of chemicalsin water, available at wqa.org.

Filtering systems in the home provide the highest technologies availablefor treatment of drinking water, according to Joseph Harrison, technicaldirector of WQA. Less than two percent of all water consumed is ingested byhumans, making these "point-of-use" systems the most cost-effective andenvironmentally friendly.

While utilities are required to meet safety standards set by the U.S. EPA,home filtering systems act as a final contaminant barrier and can furtherpurify water for drinking, Harrison said. While specific product performancestandards have not yet been developed for every chemical, many point-of-usetechnologies have proven effective for emerging contaminants.

WQA provides Gold Seal certification for products that remove a variety ofcontaminants. Consumers can learn about different treatment systems and findlocally certified dealers by visiting the WQA Web site's Gold Seal andFind-A-Professional features.

More information is available at WQA's Water Information Library online,which includes a search feature.

Throughout the year, the Associated Press has reported on pharmaceuticalsbeing found in water supplies. According to an article in September, almostone in six Americans may be affected by these drugs in their household water.

The Water Quality Association is a non-profit international tradeassociation representing the residential, commercial, industrial and smallcommunity water treatment industry. Its membership consists of bothmanufacturers as well as dealers/distributors of equipment. WQA is a resourceand information source, a voice for the industry, an educator ofprofessionals, a laboratory for product testing, and a communicator with thepublic. WQA has more than 2,500 members nationwide.Contact: David Loveday Director of Communications Water Quality Association (630) 505-0160

SOURCE Water Quality Association
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