From the Water Quality Association
The United States enjoys one of the best supplies of drinking water in the world. However, while tap water that meets federal and state standards is generally safe to drink, threats to drinking water are increasing.
Effective water treatment through the use of certified products can address water quality issues either for the Whole House (Point-of-Entry) or at the tap (Point-of-Use).
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In-home water treatment provides the "final barrier" of protection to prevent contaminants or health hazards from being ingested by you, a family member, or pet. It can also address the impurities that lend an unattractive taste, smell, or appearance to your drinking water.
Better quality water includes both aesthetic issues to protect property and health issues to attain higher levels of public health. Final barrier focuses on solutions at the tap (point-of-use) and for the whole house (point-of-entry) for residential and business purposes.
You may need to do some home testing and research to find out which options are best for you.
At the tap
Water and health are linked
The "final barrier" concept recommends the use of water filtration systems to ensure quality drinking water is available at the tap. In-home water treatment can address issues such as:
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Sometimes chemicals that had not previously been detected (or were previously found in far lesser concentrations) are discovered in the water supply. These chemicals are known as “contaminants of emerging concern” or simply "emerging contaminants." Emerging contaminants are important because the risk they pose to human health and the environment is not yet fully understood.
Certification provides end users, retailers and regulators the benefit of knowing that an accredited third party has evaluated a product’s capability of passing rigorous testing according to industry standards.
Certified products give consumers the confidence that a product does what it claims it will do. A certified product bears a distinguished Mark indicating that the product has undergone evaluation and testing to verify that the product will perform as the certified claims indicate.
Always look for the WQA Gold Seal or other independent certifying agencies such as NSF International, IAPMO or UL.
The Water Quality Association recommends seeking a qualified water treatment provider under the following circumstances:
A water treatment professional can help you sort through the options because water is complex, has may potential contaminants, and there is no "one size fits all" solution to water problems.
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Consumer-friendly information on well water safety is provided by WQA Technical Affairs Director Eric Yeggy in a new podcast and accompanying blog post produced by vipHomeLink, a company that produces a home management app and information on organizing, maintaining and improving your home.
The blog post, "Well, Well, Well — What Do you Need to Know About Well Water Safety," is available online. The podcast is embedded in the blog post or can be accessed here.
Water Treatment For Dummies
Water Treatment For Dummies: Second Edition is a consumer-directed publication designed to answer common questions about the quality of water in your home or business.
Under 50 pages in length, it is written in a simple, jargon-free style.The second edition of WQA’s Water Treatment For Dummies is completely revised, updated and expanded with all-new facts, figures and statistics.