To build water quality and environmental awareness, the Water Quality Association launched its Sustainability Mark at the WQA Aquatech USA convention earlier this month. It will first focus on suppliers of activated carbon, as well as filtration products that use activated carbon.
Products that meet the requirements of these new standards and receive certification will be authorized to display the new WQA Sustainability Mark.
The standard for filtration devices that use activated carbon will be available beginning this month, while the standard for activated carbon will be available in coming months. WQA will also begin offering certification to the existing ISO 14001: Sustainable Management Systems Standard as it applies to production facilities.
Efforts are underway to add product categories for sustainability certification, including reverse osmosis, UV purifiers and filtration products that include non-carbon media. End point devices, softeners, ion exchange media, distillers and other products are also on the horizon.
The standards will be available according to product category, and will operate on a points-based system, giving manufacturers a choice from a menu of sustainability advancing criteria.
For more water filtration category developments, see the upcoming HomeWorld April 29, 2013, issue.