Federal Government Affairs Committee

Tracking legislation in Washington is an important feature that WQA offers members. The Federal Government Affairs Committee assists WQA's Government Affairs Department in prioritizing key bills and regulatory initiatives. For example, the committee:

  • Helps the association decipher confusing federal legislation such as the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • Provides recommendations on the association’s advocacy agenda. Specific recommendations have included WQA participate on federal coalitions, partner with other organizations, and target specific congress members and federal agencies.
  • Guides WQA’s DC representation on the impact of proposed federal legislation on the industry and WQA’s stance on the issue. 

Watch a video replay of the Joint Federal & State and Regional Government Affairs Committee meeting held online during the 2020 Mid-Year Leadership Conference. Watch here (requires Member log-in).

Committee Charges: 

  1. Manages the efforts of WQA with respect to any legislative or regulatory matters that impact the industry
  2. Coordinates with the Water Science Committee with respect to the development of standards and with respect to the development of WQA positions on issues that require scientific input
  3. Provides semi-annual reports to the Board of Governors

What We Are Looking For: 

  • WQA member individuals - all categories (manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, allied) and sectors (residential, commercial, industrial)
  • Passion for governmental advocacy with a willingness to participate in legislative outreach events

Key Skills/Experience: 

  • Experience addressing federal regulatory issues and reviewing draft legislation or rules,  not required
  • General knowledge of technical issues affecting our industry
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong relationship-building skills for meeting with government officials and joining coalitions

Frequency of Meetings: 

  • In Person Meetings: WQA Convention & Exposition, WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference
  • Conference Calls: As needed

Staff Liaison: Government Affairs Director David Loveday

The annual Call for Volunteers will open in January 2022.

Committee Roster

NameCompany NameRole
Mike HermanDriessen Water, Inc.BOD Liaison
Frank DeSilvaResinTechChairperson
Michael MorminoENPRESS LLCMember - 1st Term
Nathan Michael LowrieShiloh Water Systems, IncMember - 1st Term
Edward P. Jones, IVKinetico IncorporatedMember - 1st Term
R.J. EastonCulligan of WheelingMember - 1st Term
Josh GreeneA.O. Smith CorporationMember - 1st Term
Cindy GreshamThermax Inc.Member - 1st Term
Daniel RielandUnknown CompanyMember - 1st Term
Shayron Barnes-SelbyPrimo Water North AmericaMember - 2nd Term
Douglas Ridgaway WorkmanLiberty Pure Solutions Inc.Member - 2nd Term
Richard Allen MestMaster Water Conditioning Corp.Member - 2nd Term
Scott BatistePuronics Water Systems, Inc.Non-Voting Member
Jennifer DienerPentair Water PurificationNon-Voting Member
David LovedayWater Quality AssociationStaff Liaison
Thomas J. BruursemaWater Quality AssociationStaff Observer
Kathleen BurbidgeWater Quality AssociationStaff Observer
Michael MeccaPerformance Water ProductsVice Chairperson