Howard Residents Warned About Water Scam

July 17, 2009|By Larry Carson

Consumer affairs officials are warning Howard County residents about a water quality sales scam being pushed by door-to-door promoters.

Rebecca Bowman of the county's Consumer Affairs Office said residents have been finding notices on their doors offering free water testing. Those who accept and leave a water sample and completed questionnaire are later told that the test revealed the need for purification equipment, which the person then tries to sell them. The name of a testing company is not provided.

Officials said drinking water is tested by the county's two public water suppliers, Baltimore City and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. The county lists test results online at

People selling door to door must obtain a county peddler's license, must limit activities from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and must show the license upon request. Residents can call the Consumer Affairs Office at 410-313-6420 to report suspicious behavior.

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