Private well testing needed
Homeowners who rely on a private well for their drinking water should have that water tested yearly for bacteria and contaminants, according to the Water Quality Association. Around 15 percent of the US population relies on wells or other individually owned sources of drinking water. US EPA’s Safe Water Drinking Act regulates public drinking water systems but not private sources, so it is up to the well’s owner to make sure its water is potable.
The agency recommends yearly tests for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids and pH levels. In addition, consumers should check with the local health department to see if there are other common local contaminants that should be checked. Some states may mandate testing for certain contaminants, according to the National Groundwater Association (NGWA).
Well owners might need to test more often if the home includes higher risk populations such as small children, elderly adults or pregnant or nursing women; US EPA recommends immediate testing if there are known problems with groundwater in the area, there has been flooding or other disruptions, the consumer has repaired or replaced any part of the system, or one notices a change in the water’s color, odor or taste.
Business Excellence program enters second year
The Water Quality Association is entering a second year of its Business Excellence program after recognizing 35 member companies in the inaugural year. Business Excellence calls attention to a company’s top performance within the industry and a commitment to high values and standards. The program features a gold-trimmed logo to visually underscore a company’s commitment to the program. Business Excellence companies also have gold stars next to their names and top ranking in WQA’s online directory so consumers can see the industry’s excellent businesses at a glance.
For a water treatment provider or manufacturer to earn this distinction, it must meet the following qualifications:
1. WQA member company in good standing
2. Sell or manufacture one or more certified products
3. Have at least one certified professional on staff
Business Excellence companies can renew their participation in the program yearly, as long as they continue to meet the requirements. In addition to being able to display the logo on marketing materials and in the online listing, Business Excellence members receive customizable news releases; recognition on the WQA website, newsletter and social media, and special recognition at the WQA Convention & Expo.
Mid-year conference details
This year’s WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference takes place September 12-14, at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head, SC.
- Energizing discussions at committee, section and task force meetings
- Industry Update Luncheon
- WQRF Benefit Golf Tournament at the four-star George Fazio course
- Dolphin tour boat cruise
- WQRF Benefit Dinner Friday evening
Committee, section and task force meetings provide the perfect forum for members to ask questions and offer their expertise. Get more information here.