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The public should be on the alert for companies that sell
drinking-water treatment systems for domestic use that don’t meet
government standards, the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry said
“We saw the need to warn the public after conducting
tests of several companies’ drinking-water treatment systems for home
use, especially ones that sell water filters via the Internet or by
telephone,” Grisha Deitch, the ministry’s commissioner of
standardization, told The Jerusalem Post
in a telephone interview. “We found cases of drinking-water filter
providers selling their products via the Internet or by telephone that
could not be traced to a physical address, which means that consumer
complaints cannot be dealt with, and it makes supervision impossible.”
ministry is not against Internet purchases, she said, but consumers
should be careful when buying drinking-water treatment systems and make
sure the suppliers are reliable, have a physical address and comply
with government standards.
“I am calling upon the public not to
buy water filtration and purification systems that were not tested by
the Israel Standards Institution,” Deitch said.
Even though the
Health Ministry says local tap water complies with accepted standards,
manufacturers and importers of water-treatment systems in recent years
have been saying the drinking water is of poor quality, and the public
has purchased thousands of residential drinking-water treatment systems.
Israeli Standard SI 1505, Part 1, Drinking Water Treatment Systems for
Domestic Use – Filtration and Purification System was enacted in 1999
to regulate companies that sell water-treatment systems.
standard covers packaging and labeling requirements, manufacturers’
declarations of the manner of filtration or purification, materials and
means of filtration or purification, test methods and requirements for
electrical safety, hydraulic function, filtration and purification
efficiency, including microbiological tests.
The Industry, Trade
and Labor Ministry has published recommendations for consumers
interested in buying drinking-water treatment systems for domestic use:
Firstly, consumers should make sure that imported and locally
manufactured products have labels that indicate the origin and
manufacturer, including company address, model name and trade number.
• Secondly, water-filter and purification products must have detailed information on the systems’ properties.
• Thirdly, the products should have clear instructions for usage and installation.
Israel Standards Institution provides a list of water filter and
purification companies that comply with the SI 1505 standard, which can
be viewed on its Web site.
The Industry, Trade and Labor
Ministry is launching an awareness campaign in the local media, issuing
warnings in Hebrew, Russian and Arabic.