FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 19, 2017
Water Quality Association to partner with Water Equipment & Policy Research Center
(LISLE, Ill.) -- WQA is teaming up with the Water Equipment & Policy Research Center (WEP) in order to promote advancement of the point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) drinking water treatement industry.
The WEP research center, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates under the auspices of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program. Two university laboratories involved in WEP (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and Marquette University) are located next to each other in the Global Water Center building which allows them to share equipment and extends their capital investment budget. Also co-located within the Global Water Center building is The Water Council, which operates several programs that benefit start-ups which come out of the WEP program.
"WEP is a direct collaboration between university researchers and the water treatment industry," said WQA Technical Affairs Director Eric Yeggy. "It's a global hub for drinking water related research."
All of WEP's research is aimed to benefit the water treatment industry, with a strategic focus on POU/POE technologies. Research projects are selected by industry members. While WQA will not participate in projects once they reach the prototype stage, industry members can join the research center and participate in projects all the way through the patent stage, and will then be able to benefit with royalty-free access to the intellectual property.
As part of the partnership, WQA will be granted a seat on the WEP Industry Advisory Board to help guide research dollars toward projects that address the needs of our industry. WEP will provide periodic updates to keep WQA members aware of new technology advancements, and will have a presence at WQA Conventions.
WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).