Partnership to promote new treatment standards for plumbing industry

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CHICAGO, IL, Nov. 27, 2013 -- Through a signed agreement between the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and the Water Quality Association (WQA), three WQA standards will be promoted and advanced for recognition as consensus American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI):

  • WQA/ASPE 1201: Electrochemical Drinking Water Treatment Systems
  • WQA/ASPE S802: Product Sustainability for Activated Carbon
  • WQA/ASPE S803: Product Sustainability for Activated Carbon Water Filtration Systems

By partnering, WQA and ASPE seek to advance the professions of water treatment and plumbing engineering, whilst assisting in improving the safety and well-being of the public on a global scale.

WQA identified ASPE, an ANSI-accredited standards development organization (SDO), as an ideal sponsor to facilitate the adoption of these standards as American National Standards due to ASPE's experience in developing consensus standards and its relationships within all sectors of the plumbing community, including the model code bodies.

As sponsor, ASPE will be responsible for advancing the standards for adoption by ANSI and maintaining the standards according to ANSI accreditation procedures. WQA will provide technical support in the standards development process and recruit WQA members to volunteer for ASPE's standards-related committees.

In addition to these standards, the organizations plan to collaborate on other projects, including the promotion of sustainable water treatment solutions, the development of new joint WQA/ASPE standards related to water treatment and plumbing engineering, and the creation of mutually beneficial educational and professional certification programs.

About ASPE

ASPE is the only professional organization devoted to the training and certification of plumbing engineers and designers. ASPE and its 6,000 worldwide members are dedicated to protecting the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the dissemination of technical data and information to expand the base of knowledge among plumbing engineers, designers, contractors, code officials, inspectors, and manufacturers. For more information, visit ASPE.org.

About WQA

WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. To best serve consumers, industry members and government officials, WQA has an ongoing dialogue with other organizations representing all aspects of the water treatment industry. Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). 

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