CHICAGO — The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and the Water Quality Association (WQA) have signed an agreement to promote and advance three WQA standards for recognition, according to a press release.

The three consensus American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) are WQA/ASPE 1201: Electrochemical Drinking Water Treatment Systems, WQA/ASPE S802: Product Sustainability for Activated Carbon and WQA/ASPE S803: Product Sustainability for Activated Carbon Water Filtration Systems, the release reported.

According to the release, the goal of this agreement is to advance the professions of water treatment and plumbing engineering while improving public safety.

"Much like the plumbing and water treatment systems inside a building, the members that ASPE and WQA represent are interconnected,” states Tom Palkon, WQA vice president and chief operations officer. “We believe that this agreement with ASPE will lead to a strong ongoing partnership between our organizations, and we are excited about the prospects of what we can accomplish together.”

The two organizations also plan to collaborate on the promotion of sustainable water treatment solutions, the development of new joint WQA/ASPE standards related to water treatment and plumbing engineering and the creation of mutually beneficial educational and professional certification programs, among other projects, the release reported.

Visit www.ASPE.org or www.wqa.org for more information.