Most water suppliers have been required to issue CCRs since 1998. Consumers sometimes find the technical information included in these reports difficult to understand. In response, NSF International created a special section on its Web site ( http://www.nsf.org/consumer/drinking_water/dw_quality.asp?program-WaterTre) to helps consumers learn more about these reports and make informed decisions about their water.
The site covers the following topics:
- An Introduction to Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs)
- Understanding Your Report
- Common Units of Measurement
- Common Abbreviations
- How to Interpret the Results on Your Report
- Frequently Asked Questions
Consumers with questions regarding drinking water quality in general, including the use of home water treatment devices, can turn to NSF International, a not-for-profit public health and safety organization. NSF evaluates a wide range of consumer products, including pitchers, tap filters and other home water treatment systems, for performance against many different contaminants that can be found in drinking water supplies.