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  • Unpleasant Tastes
  • Unpleasant Odors
  • Scale Producing Minerals
  • Lead
  • Copper
  • Sodium
  • "Cloudy/Foggy" Appearance
  • Nitrates
  • Certain Pesticides and Fungicides
  • Certain Volatile Organisms Contaminants
  • Radium

Consumer Tips

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, then work with a professional to select equipment.
  • Be an educated consumer. Research the water quality improvement products available before you buy. Check performance capabilities, warranty, maintenance provisions, what contaminants the product reduces and to what level, and general operation.
  • Price is an important factor, but don't let it be your only criteria. Capacity, special features or company services are factors you may wish to consider in making a wise choice.
  • All products require maintenance or periodic replacement. Determine who will perform these functions.
  • Look for the WQA Gold Seal on the POU equipment. It indicates a production model of the equipment was tested and found to meet industry performance standards.
  • 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.
  • Be aware that multiple water quality problems may require multiple product solutions, a "systems" approach which combines several technologies in one system.

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