hOW IS WATER QUALITY DETERMINED?
Water Quality is determined by comparing the results of a detailed water analysis and infrastructure inspection against a predetermined set of standards that have been set in place.
WHO SETS WATER QUALITY STANDARDS?
Water Quality standards vary depending on location and application. In Canada, for Potable Water (Water safe to drink), we follow the "Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality" published by Health Canada. These guidelines provide an extensive list of chemical and physical parameters and the Maximum Acceptable Concentration (MAC) allowed as well as a suggested Aesthetic Objective (AO) for less dangerous contaminants.
For commercial, industrial and other unique industry specific applications, we adopt the standards that are unique to the application and/or that are specified by an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). In cases where there are no preset standards, we collaborate with experienced engineers and use industry best practices to set the standards.
Infrastructure standards are determined by following national and local building codes. It is important to develop an awareness of the evolution of these codes as old infrastructure may not meet code and can present us with water quality issues (old pipes, lead leeching, back flow contamination, waste water cross connections etc.)
Water treatment products and installation materials used should always be selected carefully. Standards have been established to control the quality and safety of not only the equipment itself, but also the water passing through it. These standards have been set by independent quality control organizations such as NSF, WQA, and UL. Look for these certification stamps to ensure you are purchasing or using product that have been tested and validated. Other standards may apply depending on the type of equipment you are using, the country it's being installed in and the application. Always check with local authorities to ensure it meets the local standards.