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If you are considering the purchase or rental of point-of-use (POU) water quality improvement equipment, here are
a few consumer tips from the Water Quality Association (WQA):
- If you suspect you have a problem with your water, have it tested to confirm the nature and extent of the
problem. For aesthetic problems like hardness, your water can be analyzed in your home by a professional such as
a WQA Certified Water Specialist (CWS); for health concerns, consult a state certified or other reputable laboratory.
- Research the water quality improvement products available before you buy. Check performance capabilities,
warranty, maintenance provisions, and general operation. Be an educated consumer.
- Price is an important factor, but don't let it be your only criteria. Capacity, special features or company services
may make a more expensive product a more appropriate choice.
- All products require maintenance. Some technologies also require periodic component replacement. Determine
whether you or the dealer will perform these functions.
- Look for the WQA Gold Seal on the POU equipment. It indicates the product met industry standards by sample testing.
- Research the reputation and legitimacy of the company or sales representative you choose. You may want to check
customer references before you sign a contract.
- Multiple water quality problems may require multiple product solutions, a "systems" approach which combines
several technologies in one system.
- Some in-home water tests can look spectacular, but the findings have little significance. Ask what's being
determined by a test and what it means to you.
- Deal with a professional, such as a WQA certified professional. Check your telephone directory or write WQA.
- Look for a company that supports the POU Industry Voluntary Product Promotion Guidelines and Professional
Standards as published by WQA.
Enjoy Your Quality Water!