Water is essential to sustain human health and quality of life. Yet, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost one-fifth of the global population reside in developing nations where water is scarce and one-quarter face water shortages due to a lack of infrastructure. Household water treatment (HWT) systems play an important role in protecting public health where existing water sources are untreated or risk contamination during distribution and storage.
NSF P415 provides guidance and a unified approach to evaluate the microbiological performance of HWT systems. The protocol establishes a series of health-based microbiological performance objectives, ranging from an interim to highly protective. P415 provides a consensus for the testing and certification of HWT systems leading to reduced waterborne pathogens and enhanced water quality and supply.
NSF’s state-of-the-art laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has over two decades of testing drinking water purifiers and is a logical fit for evaluating to the WHO HWT guidelines. NSF certification provides the confidence in knowing that all microbiological contaminant reduction claims meet the requirements to diminish risk, protect users and encourage efficient use of limited public health resources essential to significantly improved human health.
For more information on NSF P415 Household Water Treatment Options – microbiological, contact Nikki Beetsch at firstname.lastname@example.org.