WQA Leadership Awards

The Water Quality Association annually recognizes individuals and companies who have excelled in their commitment or service to the water quality improvement industry.

Any WQA member is eligible for the individual awards: Hall of Fame AwardLifetime Membership AwardKey AwardRay Cross AwardRegents AwardAward of MeritInternational Award of Merit, Next Gen Award, or Honorary Membership Award

Nominations are evaluated against each individual award criteria, and winners are chosen by the Board of Governors and announced at the following year's WQA Convention & Exposition.

The new WQA Excellence Award was established in 2017 to honor member companies that demonstrate excellence in customer service, business operations, community service, and innovation. It can be presented in two categories:  Manufacturer/Supplier and Dealer. Companies apply for this honor rather than being nominated; at minimum, the applicant must have been a WQA member for at least three years, sell or manufacture certified products and have at least one certified professional on staff.

 Please note that not all awards are necessarily given each year. 

2019 Honorees


Douglas R. Oberhamer
Culligan of Phoenix

Honorary Member Award
The Hon. Richard A. Gephardt
Gephardt Government Affairs