The majority of Americans continue to benefit from existing regulations and treatment facilities that help protect our drinking water supply. However, many are becoming concerned about their overall quality of life being affected by the environment, according to the 2019 Water Quality Association (WQA) Consumer Opinion Study.
The independent survey conducted in January 2019 found that over half of Americans are concerned or very concerned about the quality of their household’s drinking water supply. This represents a significant increase in concern since the 2017 survey.
The spotlight on drinking water, particularly in the United States, has shined brightly ever since the Flint, Michigan, lead crisis. Lead continues to be a concern in many communities across the country, while emerging contaminants, such as PFAS, are getting increased attention at the state and federal level.
Public water utilities continue to address these growing concerns, however, many of the proposed remedies involve massive and expensive replacements of aging infrastructure, or system upgrades that may not address near-term or immediate water quality concerns. Even if that were possible, water quality may still be an issue for some homeowners, such as those with homes that have aging pipes private well water supplies. That’s why, in addition to public water utility solutions, certified water filtration products used in the building or residence are increasingly recognized as a realistic and affordable solution when it comes to improving water quality. Products that address water as it enters a home (Point-of-Entry) or at the tap (Point-of-Use) can offer what the WQA has termed a “final barrier” to many of these water quality concerns.
A water treatment expert
In addition to treatment technology, certified water treatment professionals also play a critical role in water quality protection. They understand the science of water and can properly identify and address the issues. and determine the proper level or type of filtration. Appropriate solutions are not always clear to the untrained technician.
When is it time to seek professional help for your water? WQA recommends seeking a qualified water treatment provider if:
- Your tap water doesn’t taste or smell good
- Your water leaves scales or spots on surfaces
- You’ve had laboratory testing done and aren’t sure how to solve any identified problems.
WQA also recommends homeowners on public water systems read their annual Consumer Confidence Report, which you can find on the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s website. The report identifies the source of your water and gives a general overview of the water quality coming into your home. Americans are increasingly aware of the importance of understanding the quality of their water. Fortunately, there is a growing number of resources available for informing and educating consumers, and technologies and professionals that can help allay these concerns, and maintain consumer confidence in the quality of their drinking water.
Thomas Bruursema, Associate Executive Director of Member & Public Engagement, Water Quality Association, [email protected]