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41 Product certification indicates a third-party organization has monitored the manufactur- er's operations to ensure they meet guidelines for manufacturing processes and materials used. Products are tested to ensure compli- ance with industry standards, performance, and certification requirements. Standards are detailed and rigorous and specific to the products certified. Some standards cover UV disinfect- ing systems, for example, while others ensure that reverse osmosis systems perform as claimed. Certification also helps verify that manufacturers have good customer service measures in place and offer adequate product literature or information. Once companies go through this demanding process, they can't rest on their laurels. They must retest their certified products regularly and submit to annual facil- ity inspections. There are more than 10,000 Gold Seal-certified products. Search for desired products on the WQA website at www.wqa.org. Greener Water Treatment WQA also has a Sustainability Mark (see Figure 4-2) to help consumers select greener water treatment prod- ucts that help ensure safe drinking water while show- ing sensitivity to the environment. Products earn the mark only after they demonstrate best practices in manufacturing for sustainability. Rigorous examination is required to audit and assess the manufacturer according to independent standards These materials are the copyright of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and any dissemination, distribution, or unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

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