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Water Quality Association Congratulates Arizona for Its Water Softener Sustainability Professional Certification Program

More than 60 industry professionals have attended a unique Arizona Water Quality Association (AWQA) course to learn best practices to help reduce salinity in Arizona's water.

The Water Softener Sustainability Professional-Arizona certification is a first-of-its kind training program for salesmen, installers, and service technicians based on best practices for sizing, installing, programming, servicing, and use of water softeners. Developed in collaboration with the WQA and funded by the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the WSSP-A certification is designed to increase water softener efficiency and decrease the amount of salinity entering the sewer system.

"The salinity of America's reclaimed water is a concern," says AWQA President, Leigh DeGrave. "As an industry, we want to work with policy makers to ensure Arizona's water supplies are protected and that consumers can continue to enjoy the benefits of our products."

The training program, which was held on May 5, 2016, brought more than 60 industry professionals from across Arizona to a four-hour training session. "We hope that the WSSP-A certification can become a keystone of salinity management and water conservation activities in Arizona," says Douglas Oberhamer, AWQA Past-President. "It is important that our industry professionals know how salinity impacts Arizona's drought and how our industry can be part of the solution."