Get to know EWG, WQA & ANSI
In today’s everchanging world, one thing always remains constant, our need for water. And it should be the very best. You wouldn’t put just any fuel in your vehicle to keep it running. Why would you do any different for your body? Thankfully, there are recognized organizations—continuously working to provide the public with the best reporting, policies and standards for water improvement. Have you met them yet?
The EWG (Environmental Working Group) was created to help you better understand the water environment you specifically inhabit. Their tap water database has information from approximately 50,000 local utilities in every state. They catalog everything that their tests reveal in your local community’s drinking water and what it means, how chemicals in that water may your health, and how it stacks up against safety government standards. This is all public and online.
How it’s done.
EWG’s scientists developed their own, no compromise, strict safety standards based on the most up-to-date, independent scientific studies. EWG scientists also review the best and latest scientific evidence, legal standards and health advisories. From there they define water quality goals that can truly protect. And with the third edition of their National Tap Water Database, they introduced EWG Standards for chemicals and other pollutants that have no regulatory limit or have legal limits too weak to assure good water quality.
Keep in mind, the EPA has not established new water quality standards in two decades. The Safe Drinking Water Act, first passed in 1974 and last updated in 1996, was good for its time and improved water quality to a basic level. Yet progress has stalled. In the past 20 years the federal government has not establish any new standards for previously unregulated drinking water contaminants. Plus, federal drinking water standards are often still inadequate because the regulatory process does not consider the heightened vulnerability of children, infants, developing fetuses and those with weak immune systems.
WQA— there for you.
WQA (Water Quality Association) advocates for public policy that promotes safer and healthier water treatment products. They work with policymakers across the U.S. and around the world, providing information and scientific data to help make sure laws and regulations are enforced to serve the public and provide consumers with greater access to the best water.
The Gold Seal.
The WQA is the leading voice of the residential, commercial and industrial water treatment industry, representing more than 2,500 manufacturers, suppliers, and dealers worldwide. Finding quality products in a marketplace flooded with options can be challenging. How can you tell if a water treatment system and related products are safe, reliable, durable and capable of meeting the claims made on its packaging and literature? That’s where the WQA comes through.
WQA’s Certified Product Listings are available to help connect consumers with water treatment products that have been tested and certified to Industry Standards. WQA’s Gold Seal Product Certification Program ensures that the products are constructed from safe materials. The Seal guarantees the claims listed on the packaging are backed by test data and the product will hold up under normal usage conditions. And yes, it is all online!
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit federation tasked with enhancing the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the American quality of life. It is dedicated to promoting the U.S. industry standards and its conformity assessment system. And it is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
In a nutshell, ANSI provides industry standards, voluntary assessments and certifications assuring the best quality for businesses and for consumers.
In order to maintain ANSI accreditation, standards developers are required to consistently adhere to a set of requirements or procedures, known as the “ ANSI Essential Requirements“, that govern the consensus development process. Like other testing and certification agencies, the WQA is fully accredited by ANSI. The WQA issues their Gold Seal Mark only if the product meets strict testing requirements based on ANSI standards in addition to WQA’s Gold Seal Program schemes.
Kinetico—your water systems
Kinetico Water Systems are WQA certified to ANSI standards. Kinetico provides industry-leading water softeners and reverse osmosis systems that work exceptionally efficient, delivering long-lasting water quality products that are tailored to your home, budget, and lifestyle. In the marketplace…
- 1.2 million Kinetico systems are in operation.
- 95% of Kinetico customers are extremely satisfied with their Kinetico system.
- 95% of Kinetico customers would choose to purchase Kinetico again.
Gordon Brothers Water has a 50-year partnership with Kinetico Water Systems, helping people to love their water. As well, we are a WQA member. We stay informed and provide the latest technology in Kinetico Water Systems. Each home’s and business’s unique water needs is our business. We want you to know what’s behind our water treatment systems, what backs them, and what guarantees them.
Special opportunities are always available to help you get the very best water for your home and family. Click to learn more at www.gordonbroswater.com, and see how we can provide you with the best water on tap. Give us a call at 800-331-7611 to schedule an in-home, free water analysis by one of our professional consultants. Remember, you can’t know what’s in your water until you have it tested! Let us help get you the Best Water On Tap.