The Water Quality Association (WQA), an Illinois-based not-for-profit organization, is offering resources to help homeowners learn more about home-based products that have been independently tested to fight harmful chromium in their water.

According to reports out of Palm Springs, Calif., drinking water tests exceeded California’s public health goal for hexavalent chromium in a local elementary school. This type of chromium is known to be harmful and can cause lung and nasal cancer, as well as nausea, ulcers, kidney and liver damage and other ill effects.

WQA also offers a series of technical factsheets, which offer information about treating specific contaminants, including chromium.

“This report is one more piece of evidence to consumers that final barrier technology should be utilized to provide a sense of confidence for their families’ water,” said David Loveday, government affairs director of WQA. WQA certifies reverse osmosis (RO) systems, filtration systems, and distillation systems that reduce hexavalent chromium.

WQA’s Gold Seal Product Certification program provides product certification, which utilizes a scientific method for consumers to ensure the effectiveness of the devices they purchase. WQA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to test and certify products following national standards.

Consumers should also check with individual manufacturers to learn what specific reduction levels different products offer. By doing so, consumers can ensure they are finding products that best serve their particular needs. Additionally, consumers can find locally certified dealers, who have gone trough rigorous study and testing, by visiting WQA’s Find A Water Professional feature.