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American National Standard Released For Drinking Water Treatment Systems Nov 02, 2016

In an effort to help consumers identify environmentally friendly drinking water filters, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has recognized WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems by the Water Quality Association (WQA) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) as an American National Standard.

WQA collaborated with ASPE to take the original version of this standard (which has been in use as a private standard within the drinking water treatment industry for more than a year) through the formal public review process necessary for a voluntary public standard to be accredited by ANSI. S-803 is now the first sustainability standard for drinking water treatment products to receive such an accreditation.

Products certified as meeting the requirements of S-803 are eligible to bear the WQA Sustainability Mark in recognition of passing the rigorous assessment of sustainable production practices that must be adopted by the manufacturer of these devices. The standard also evaluates the products in all other phases of the product's lifecycle, from responsible raw material sourcing, through product packaging and consumer use, and to end-of-life disposition. It even addresses the basic elements of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

To achieve ANSI accreditation, the original WQA standard underwent two rounds of meticulous public review, including  manufacturer professional/trade associations, certifiers, consultants, government regulators, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in addition to feedback generated from the companies already certified to the original standard. 

The scope of S-803 includes drinking water filter products that utilize ion exchange ion or adsorbent resin , as well as similar types of filters made from polypropylene, polyethylene or string fibers. Meanwhile, the companion standard to S-803 -- WQA/ASPE S-802: Sustainable Adsorber for Drinking Water Treatment -- is also now in the final stages of the accreditation process and should become an American National Standard by the end of the year. The S-802 standard is a business-to-business standard that focuses on the sustainability of the ion exchange resin used in most of the filter systems that can be certified to S-803.

Finally, efforts are already on the horizon to expand the scope of S-803 to incorporate additional product categories. Add-on modules for ultraviolet (UV) treatment systems as well as dispensers/coolers are in the final phase of drafting and nearly ready for public review, with reverse osmosis (RO) and softeners/ion exchange media on the list for development in 2015.