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Sustainable Activated Carbon Media Standard Receives ANSI Approval 

Rosemont, Illinois (January 20, 2015) – The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and the Water Quality Association (WQA) are pleased to announce that the standard now known as WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802 (2014): Sustainable Activated Carbon Media for Drinking Water Treatment has been officially recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard.

WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802 is a business-to-business standard that focuses on raw activated carbon used in drinking water filter systems. It evaluates the sustainability of activated carbon media products based on three core attributes (feedstock sourcing, activated carbon production, and end-of-life management), as well as four bonus attributes (reactivated carbon, certification under other eco-labeling programs, life-cycle assessment, and innovation).

Products are scored on a point-allocation system that is based on life-cycle screening, hot spot analysis, and manufacturer-identified issues. Products that are certified as meeting the requirements of WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802 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 products.

“WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802 is part of the first published and accredited series of standards specifically applicable to water treatment products,” remarks Pauli Undesser, CWS-VI, Deputy Executive Director of WQA. “We are proud to be at the forefront of advancing environmental responsibility in our industry.”

WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802 is a companion standard to WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 (2014): Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems. Manufacturers interested in certifying drinking water treatment unit (DWTU) systems to S-803 are awarded credit for sourcing activated carbon certified to S-802. Certification to this standard helps a company establish market preferability with their customers who are interested in purchasing more environmentally friendly DWTU systems.

WQA collaborated with ASPE in 2013 to take its sustainability standards through the formal public review process necessary for a voluntary public standard to be approved by ANSI. In addition to S-803 and S-802, WQA and ASPE are also developing WQA/ASPE S-801: Sustainable Management, among other standards. 

WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802 (2014) can be purchased as a download from ASPE’s online store at aspe.org.
Those interested in applying for certification should contact Stuart Mann, CWS-VI, Sustainability Certification Supervisor for WQA, at smann@wqa.org or 630-929-2546.

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.

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is a not-for-profit international trade association representing the residential, commercial and industrial water treatment industry. WQA maintains a close dialogue with other organizations representing different aspects of the water industry in order to best serve consumers, government officials, and industry members. WQA is an information resource and a voice for the water industry, an educator for professionals, a laboratory for product testing and certification, and a communicator to the public. WQA maintains a Gold Seal Certification Program (for safety and performance certifications) and a Sustainability Certification Program in order to serve the certification needs of the water treatment industry.