Topic: Consumer

  • Hurricanes and Drinking Water: What You Need to Know

    Hurricanes pose a major threat to the safety of drinking water. 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. It is important to know what precautions can be taken to protect yourself from the dangers of drinking unsafe water.

  • Boil Water Notice Study

    Treatment for microbial contamination may be applied either where the water enters the home (point of entry) or at the point where drinking water is drawn (point of use). Consumers may boil their water or install a point-of-use or point-of-entry water treatment system certified for total microbial (e.g., bacteria, viruses and protozoa) reduction. If you have a POU or POE treatment system already in place that uses carbon, some other media, or a membrane for the reduction of chemicals or particulate contaminants of concern, be sure to consult the owner’s manual or a local water professional to determine how the system should be safely serviced, cleaned and sanitized prior to reuse. 

  • Residential Water Reuse Fact Sheet

    Residential water reuse is a topic of increasing interest. With growing water shortages in the Southwestern United States and other areas, the ability to reuse water onsite as opposed to sending it all to a wastewater treatment facility becomes more and more appealing. Additionally, reuse of water is generally considered to be a part of sustainable resource management practice, so it is increasingly being utilized or considered in areas that do not necessarily suffer from water shortages. Considerations with water reuse include the source of the water to be reused (gray water vs. black water), the configuration of the plumbing system within the facility, the type and quality of treatment of the reused water, and the ultimate purpose of the reuse. In general, reuse focuses on irrigation and other non-potable applications, as opposed to treating wastewater to the point of being considered potable. The treatment requirements are lower for applications where there is little risk of human exposure, such as subsurface irrigation. As exposure risk increases so does the level of treatment required, with the most stringent requirements in place for indoor reuse applications such as toilet flushing.

  • Chloride Handbook

    The Communication Resources on Chloride Handbook, developed as a WQA member benefit, is a guide to aid communications with government officials and other interested parties regarding chlorides. It is a collection of resources and information designed to support members, as well as to provide an education and solid grounding on chlorides for all interested parties, including […]

  • Water Treatment For Dummies: Second Edition

    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, […]

  • 2021 WQA Consumer Opinion Study

    The report presents the findings of a national online survey conducted by Applied Research-West, Inc. between January 5 and January 30, 2021. A total of 1,413 adults over the age of 18 and living in private households were interviewed. ARW used a random sampling procedure, and the survey results are accurate within +/-2.6 percent. The […]

  • vipHomeLink establishes content alliance with WQA

    vipHomeLink establishes content alliance with WQA The leader in drinking water quality becomes official content provider for vipHomeLink

  • WQA warns of water testing scams

    WQA warns of door-to-door water testing scams Tests for water hardness do not reveal pollution or contamination

  • WQA offers resources for Benton Harbor, MI, water crisis

    WQA offers resources for Benton Harbor water crisis Both technical and consumer-friendly information on lead available

  • WQA offering drinking water resources during floods

    WQA offers drinking water resources during floods Power outages, flooding hit New Orleans area after Ida slams into coast