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Water Treatment For Dummies

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40 Finding the Best Products WQA provides third-party certification — notably its Gold Seal (see Figure 4-1) — for products consumers can buy for water treatment. This program, after decades in existence, is the oldest third-party testing and certification program in the water treatment indus- try. The Gold Seal is easily recognizable and informs consumers that products are safe and work properly. The Gold Seal Program is accredited as a reputable cer- tification agency in the United States and Canada by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and SCC (the Standards Council of Canada). Other accredited certifiers include NSF International, CSA Group, UL (Underwriter Laboratories), and IAPMO. Figure 4-1: The WQA Gold Seal. Manufacturers and suppliers can seek Gold Seal certifi- cation for most products that contact household water. Certification covers everything from chemicals to plumbing components to filtration systems and water softeners. These materials are the copyright of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and any dissemination, distribution, or unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

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