Environmental Protection

Online Tools Can Help Determine Water Quality

Take five minutes and take the test to check out the quality of your water. That is the advice of the Water Quality Association (WQA) during National Drinking Water Week, May 2-8.

The federal government is calling on Americans to learn how they can make sure they get the safest and cleanest possible water coming into their house.

WQA offers free online diagnosis tools that let consumers figure out what might be affecting the quality of their water. The Website also provides a "Find a Water Professional" program for consultations.

"We are learning more and more about what is in our water," said Peter Censky, executive director of WQA. "By consulting a certified professional, consumers can be assured they are getting the best advice available."

The WQA Web site lists products that have been shown to be effective through independent testing at its laboratory for removing contaminants. Less than 2 percent of all water consumed is ingested by humans, making these "point-of-use" systems the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly approach.

The Water Quality Association, with more than 2,500 members, is a not-for-profit international trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Its membership consists of both manufacturers as well as dealers/distributors of equipment.

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