IAPMO R&T’s Water Systems Certification Program, a North America third-party testing and certification body for water treatment products, now offers an asbestos testing option for its customers.

The testing option is based on the performance requirement set in NSF/ANSI 53: Drinking Water Treatment Units Health Effects, requiring the removal 99% of high-concentration asbestos fibers introduced to a water system. This offering is a cost-effective way to add a level of dependability to water system products and ease customer concerns of asbestos contamination. The Water Systems program, which tests and certifies such products as point-of-use drinking water treatment units, systems and chemicals, microbiological purifiers, shower filters, and scale reduction devices.

“Prior to IAPMO R&T Water Systems offering this option, there was only one lab that provided this testing,” IAPMO R&T Vice President of Water Systems Tina Donda said. “This new offering will increase the industry capacity for asbestos testing, at a fair price, and expand testing options available to water systems manufacturers.”