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WQA recommends testing, awareness after flooding

Both private and public systems could be affected


LISLE, Ill. – The Water Quality Association today said that recent flooding in the New Orleans, Tulsa and Kansas City areas may pose a threat to drinking water for people affected by the storms, but that there are precautions that can be taken to protect residents in the affected areas.


“Extensive flooding is always a concern, especially for residents on private well supplies,” said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “Homeowners who get their water from municipal water systems should be alert for any instructions issued by their local officials.”


Well owners affected by flooding are encouraged to test their systems and seek appropriate remedies as soon as possible. During and after flooding, water can become contaminated with microorganisms such as bacteria, sewage, heating oil, agricultural or industrial waste, chemicals and other substances that can cause serious illness.


Residents on public water supplies should be alert for local boil water orders. Flooding can cause disruptions with a municipal water source, prompting officials to issue boil water orders in many communities. A WQA guide to boil water order notices can be found here.


The safety of a home’s water supply, both private or municipal, may be affected by power outages. If there are any concerns about the quality of one’s water, WQA recommends residents use bottled water for drinking and cooking until they know their tap water is safe. 


WQA recommends having your water tested and then following up with a certified water treatment product depending on the results of the test. Selection of a drinking water treatment device or system for health contaminant reduction should be made only after careful investigation of its performance capabilities based on test results from a certified lab.


WQA recommends treatment products that have been certified. Visit WQA’s product certification listings to search WQA’s database of certified products. Water treatment professionals can be found using WQA's Find Water Treatment Providers tool.


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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