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Sustainability Certification Standards

Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Product Standards

WQA S-802: Sustainable Activated Carbon Media for Drinking Water Treatment 
This standard covers raw activated carbon media products. Manufacturers interested in certifying drinking water treatment unit (DWTU) systems to S-803 (see below) are awarded vital credits for sourcing activated carbon certified to Standard S-802. Certification to this standard helps a company establish market preferability with DWTU customers.

WQA S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems
This product standard is currently scoped to Drinking Water Treatment Systems (and components) that utilize activated carbon, string-wound and/or PP/PE filters. WQA is currently in the process of expanding this standard to cover ultraviolet (UV) treatment systems, reverse osmosis (RO) systems and dispensers/fountains (including heaters/coolers/carbonators).  Eventually the standard will cover all common treatment system technologies.  Hybrid systems need only certify to this single standard.

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Sustainable Management Standards

WQA S-801: Sustainable Management (Prerequisite Standard)
Conformance to this standard is scoped at the facility level. No certification is awarded, but conformance is a necessary prerequisite for product certification to S-802 or S-803 (see above). This standard is modeled on ISO 14001 (see below), but also incorporates basic elements of corporate social responsibility.  Facilities already certified or obtaining certification to ISO 14001 are automatically awarded 50 of the 60 credits needed for conformance to WQA S-801.

ISO 14001: Environmental Management
WQA now offers this certification scoped at the facility rather than the product level.  Attaining this certification automatically awards 50 of the 60 credits needed for conformance to WQA S-801 (see above).