With February being “American Heart Month” it’s important to highlight the many health benefits of fresh, clean drinking water. As studies have shown clean potable water and heart health are directly linked and reduce the risk of heart failure along with other Cardiovascular Diseases.
WATER IS KEY TO HEART HEALTH
The need for clean, high-quality water for overall wellness may be obvious but the list of diseases associated with contaminated water is long. Illnesses such as Dysentery, Cholera and Hepatitis A are all transmitted via contaminated water, water contenting lead remnants, and more. Therefore, to protect and educate the general public about high quality water safety, national standards and regulations have been enacted by associations and organizations worldwide.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HIGH-QUALITY WATER
Standards set in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Safe Drinking Water Act ensure public drinking water systems do not exceed certain levels of contaminants. Both organizations monitor water suppliers on a statewide and national level to validate concentration restrictions on over 90 different contaminants and beyond.
Companies within the water industry, such as Flomatic Valves, also abide by strong safety standards to provide safe water to all and safeguard products developed in-house. Committed to bringing fresh clean water to all, every valve product that leaves Flomatic’s facility, exceeds rigorous testing and certifications set in place by the EPA, IAPMO and other nationally recognized associations. Flomatic products have been certified by IAPMO to NSF/ANSI 372 international standards. NSF/ANSI 61 and ANSI 372 marked products mean that each item complies with standardized requirements and don’t leach unwanted contaminants into water systems. For more information on what these certifications mean, visit this article on NSF/ANSI standards.
As previously mentioned, many Flomatic products are also American Iron and Steel (AIS) compliant. Why are AIS compliant materials associated with water quality? Recipients of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) must use AIS compliant products. As expressed by the EPA, this requirement applies to national projects for construction, maintenance or repair of a public water system and/or treatment works.
SMALL STEPS CAN LEAD TO BIG CHANGES
The easiest thing you can do throughout American Heart Health Month is to learn more about and test your water source. If your water is supplied from a public source, ask questions and do your research. Community water systems are required to inform the public when proper drinking water standards are not met. Public water systems are also required to include contaminants (in reports) found within local drinking water systems and record action taken to correct any violations.
If your water originates from a privately owned well, having your water tested is simple. A variety of nationally recognized organizations analyze water samples and provide detailed reports regularly. If you are a water system owner, learn more about private water well testing here.
Another easy step to measure water safety is to use reputable industry suppliers when purchasing or replacing water system components and valve products. Whether you are a homeowner or a manager of a municipal water plant, it is always important to look for NSF/ANSI markings on any and all products related to water systems.
Here at Flomatic, we believe it’s important to produce high quality valves that are built to last but most importantly we are committed to producing valve products that meet the most stringent safety and health standards. We are committed to working alongside our customers to provide safe and healthy valve products for all – locally, nationally and internationally.