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39 After finding a reputable water quality profes- sional, be sure you're getting a high-quality treatment system, based on what you and your advisor decide you need. Fortunately, there are ways to determine both the qual- ity of the product and the professional (see Chapter 5 for a list of questions to ask when searching for a water quality professional). Finding a water quality professional The Water Quality Association, which has more than 2,500 company members, is a not-for-profit international trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Its membership consists of both manufacturers/suppliers and dealers/distributors of equipment and services. WQA is a resource and information source, an educator of professionals, a laboratory for testing, a certifier of products and professionals, and a means for helping the public make the best choices. The WQA was founded in 1974 and started offering certification of water treatment professionals in 1977. It sets standards for water treatment businesses and equipment installers and promotes ethical selling practices among those offering water quality solutions. Professionals earn a three-year certification by meeting strict criteria, passing an exam on water chemistry and treatment technologies, and abiding by a strict code of ethics and legal requirements. To find WQA-Certified Professionals or WQA-Certified Products, visit the WQA website at www.wqa.org. These materials are the copyright of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and any dissemination, distribution, or unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

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