Why WQIA Microbiological Standard?
Point-of-use (POU) treatment of drinking water to alleviate health risks is gaining widespread application. Devices to reduce different forms of contaminants are being developed in accordance with water quality guidelines and health risks. Treatment devices that remove microbial contaminants are playing a significant role in reducing disease burden, especially in developing countries.
Given the variety of technologies available for point-of-use (POU) drinking water treatment, it is important to develop performance standards that guide the consumers to choose an appropriate treatment system. The USEPA in 1987 proposed a comprehensive drinking water treatment guide standard for devices that perform microbiological treatment of water. This standard chose bacteria, viruses and disinfectant resistant parasites (cysts) as the key targets and the standard is relevant to water of unknown origin.
In Developing & Emerging countries like India, urban consumers in general have access to improved water sources through pipes. However the complexity of the water supply system which includes lack of 24 X 7 water supply, leaky pipes, illegal tapping, contaminated intermediate storage tank etc., lead to a situation of frequent microbial contamination of water supplies. In terms of physical-chemical composition, such urban water supplies are better when compared to waters of unknown origin. Except that at times high microbial load may be encountered in such waters.
In view of the above, the Water Quality India Association undertook the development of a separate microbial reduction standard that is relevant for the Indian residential water treatment market.
What does the “SEAL OF PURITY” mean?
A seal of purity mark on a product verifies that the product has been tested and certified according to WQIA microbiological standard (WQIA protocol: IP 100) for reduction of bacteria, virus and cysts. It also varies that a thorough review is conducted for material safety requirements as per FDA guidelines to ensure it does not add harmful contaminants into drinking water.
It is a symbol that represents achievement, quality and safety from microbiological aspects of drinking water. It helps you to stand out from the competitors in your field for quality product.
Check out benefits of WQIA product certification:
- Quick turnaround time
- Engaging NABL accredited laboratories for product testing
- Engaging IAPMO India as Certification Body which is ANSI & SCC accredited
- Licensing of mark by WQIA, a recognized body in India
- Mark can display on product itself, marketing literature, packaging, website
- Product listing in WQIA website
Process of WQIA Product Certification
Contact WQIA or IAPMO India or accredited Labs for product testing and certification.
- Necessary forms to fill up and select laboratory of your choice
- Products tested in approved laboratories as per WQIA Microbiological Standard and labs reports to Certification Body (CB).
- Factory audits carry out by IAPMO India, a Certification Body
- Compliance Certificate issued by IAPMO India
- Licensing of mark (Seal of Purity) issued by WQIA
Details of WQIA approved certification body
IAPMO India Pvt. Ltd.
No. 22, 12th ‘B’ Main,
Indira Nagar, HAL 2nd STAGE
Bangalore 560 008, Karnataka
Phone: +91 80 3071 4500
Details of WQIA approved laboratories
Aqadiagnostics Water Research & Technology Centre Limited
No. 57, 1st Floor, Omshakti Complex,
G.B. Palya, Hosur Main Road,
Bangalore – 560068, Karnataka | Telephone: + 91- 80 25731142
Bhavan’s Research Center
5th Floor, Palanji Sadan, SFC Building
Bhavan’s College Campus,
Andheri West, Mumbai-400058 | Telephone: + 91-22- 65905947
1) WQIA licensing fee : Rs. 50000 + Applicable tax per year
2) Certification Body IAPMO, India fee:
a. Initial project management fee: Rs. 50,000 + Rs.10,000 for each additional model seeking certification + Applicable Taxes
b. Initial and continuous compliance factory inspections (includes auditors travel/stay expense): Rs. 35,000 + Applicable taxes
c. Annual certification renewal fee: Rs. 50,000 + Applicable taxes
3) Testing fee*:
a. Exclusion RO units : Rs. 2.4 lakhs + Applicable Taxes for one model
b. UV units: Rs. Rs. 2.6 lakhs + Applicable Taxes for one model
c. Halogen unit upto 2000 litres: Rs. 4 lakhs + Applicable Taxes for one model
* Testing fee above is only a rough fee structure for testing of products. Manufacturers to approach labs to discuss testing fee based on number of models/technology. Labs can directly work with manufacturers on testing of products.