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WQA marks World Water Day with sustainability reminder

Association offers first of its kind environmental labeling program

LISLE, Ill. – The Water Quality Association has joined organizations around the world in supporting efforts to tackle the global water crisis as well as efforts to improve the betterment of water quality.

“We salute all efforts to improve access to water worldwide,” said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “Along with that is the commitment to improve the quality of water that is available both in the United States and around the world.”

Among its many initiatives, WQA offers a Sustainability Certification Program, the first of its kind in the water treatment industry. The Sustainability Certification mark is a symbol that represents achievement in the field of sustainability. 

It verifies to retailers and consumers that a product has been manufactured according to industry standards for recognized best practices in environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The mark helps consumers identify products as safe for both people and the planet. 

The WQA Sustainability Certification Program is currently the only environmental certification program in the world to earn ANSI accreditation to ISO 17065 and ISO 14024 for Type I Environmental Labeling. This provides independent, third-party verification that a product is environmentally responsible in all phases of its life cycle: from raw materials, production, distribution, use-phase, all the way through to end-of-life disposal.

Consumers can learn more about water quality in general through WQA’s free publication Water Treatment for Dummies: WQA Special Edition. The booklet offers a basic understanding of how to identify and solve water problems in a cost-effective manner. It can be downloaded at WQA’s website:

WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

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