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DC Fly-In set for March 3-4, 2020

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 :: 67 Views :: Events

Water Quality Association members will join members of the Irrigation Association and the National Groundwater Association for the fourth annual Water Resources Congressional Summit March 3-4, 2020, in Washington D.C.  Known at WQA as the DC Fly-In, the event provides opportunities to hear from Congressional staff and regulators involved with water and the environment and to provide industry expertise in meetings on Capitol Hill.

Water Quality Association readies for 2020 Convention & Exposition

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 :: 145 Views :: Convention

The Water Quality Association has opened registration for the 2020 WQA Convention & Exposition, to be held April 1-3 in Orlando, Fla. The convention website, wqa.org/convention,  offers easy-to-use access to registration, housing and event information for the annual industry gathering and for the March 31 WQA Business Boot Camp, both set for the Orange County Convention Center.  

WQA offers professional certification amnesty program

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 :: 286 Views :: Professional Certification

The Water Quality Association is offering an amnesty program to formerly certified personnel still active in the field who would like to reinstate their certification. Those who lost their certification more than three years ago and meet certain criteria can retake one of the basic certification exams to reinstate.

New WQRF-funded study aims to investigate contaminant occurrence in drinking water

Friday, October 18, 2019 :: 354 Views :: Water Quality Research Foundation

Corona Environmental Consulting is conducting a state-by-state call for occurrence data regarding contaminants in drinking water for the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF).  The WQRF-funded Contaminant Occurrence study is led by Dr. Carleigh Samson. Samson and her team at Corona have extensive experience in developing, conducting, presenting, and publishing national drinking water contaminant occurrence studies. The research began in July 2019 and is anticipated for completion in July 2020.

WQA responds to proposed Lead and Copper Rule revisions

Friday, October 11, 2019 :: 954 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

The Water Quality Association supports efforts toward a safer drinking water supply that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took Thursday in announcing proposed Lead and Copper Rule revisions. The proposal, the first major overhaul of the rule since 1991, seeks to improve how communities test for lead in drinking water and force quicker action when lead is detected.

WQA joining education efforts in Newark, NJ

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 :: 589 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association today is taking part in two public events in Newark, N.J., designed to address citizens’ concerns about lead in the city’s drinking water.  WQA staff, including Global Governmental Affairs Director David Loveday, will answer questions and provide resources during a health fair from 3 to 6 p.m. today on the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Plaza.  WQA representatives will also attend a Town Hall meeting, The State of Water, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Consumer use of bottled water remains high, though health concerns are encouraging at-home water treatment

Monday, September 23, 2019 :: 961 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

A full 78% of the respondents to the 2019 WQA Consumer Opinion Study say they regularly consume bottled water, averaging 12 bottles daily per household. That amount, which includes water consumed when away from home, is similar to the number reported in the 2017 study.  Health concerns about the chemicals used to make the plastic bottles have encouraged 29% of respondents to consider alternatives such as a refrigerator filtration, under sink filtration or end-of-tap filtration. The study showed that almost half the households surveyed (45%) already have a refrigerator filter system at home, and 41% have a water filtration system.

WQA offers recommendations as Hurricane Dorian gains strength, shifts toward the Carolinas

Saturday, August 31, 2019 :: 336 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association warns that Hurricane Dorian poses a threat to drinking water for people along the Atlantic coast who will be affected by the storm, but precautions can be taken to protect residents.

WQA offers recommendations as Hurricane Dorian heads toward Florida’s Atlantic coast

Thursday, August 29, 2019 :: 431 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association warns that Hurricane Dorian, expected be a Category 3 storm before it hits the Atlantic coast Labor Day weekend, poses a threat to drinking water for people affected by the storm, but that there are precautions that can be taken to protect residents in the affected areas.

WQA supports EPA recommendations for Newark drinking water

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 :: 909 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association said today that it supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendation that residents of Newark, NJ, use bottled water until further testing can verify that the amount of lead in the water delivered to homes and businesses does not exceed the design and scope of water filtration products to effectively reduce lead to safe levels.


"Trend-setters" more likely to use in-home filtration, bottled water and water softeners

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 :: 1091 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Younger “trend-setter” consumers are more likely than other groups to use bottled water (84%), in-home water filtration (45%), a refrigerator water filter (49%) and a water softener (28%) than other consumer groups, according to 2019 WQA Consumer Opinion Study. Nearly half (46%) of the adults responding to the study fit in this group, identified by researchers as being those who like to try new things, who buy the best of everything regardless of price, and who “always want to be the first at owning something new.”

WQA offers recommendations as Tropical Storm Barry aims for Louisiana coast

Thursday, July 11, 2019 :: 374 Views :: Public Water Supply Contamination

The Water Quality Association warns that Tropical Storm Barry  -- expected to hit the Louisiana coast as a Category 1 hurricane Saturday, July 13 -- poses a threat to drinking water for people affected by the storm, but that there are precautions that can be taken to protect residents in the affected areas.

Mid-Year Leadership Conference registration is open

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 :: 1029 Views :: Events

LISLE, Ill. –Keynotes from government leaders, water treatment industry updates, opportunities to share opinions in committee meetings or a town hall, and fun events to benefit the Water Quality Research Foundation are among the events planned for the Water Quality Association’s Mid-Year Leadership Conference Sept. 9-11 in San Antonio, Texas.  Registration is open now at the event’s new website, wqa.org/mylc.

WQA recommends review of annual Consumer Confidence Report

Monday, July 1, 2019 :: 1239 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

The Water Quality Association recommends homeowners review theirmunicipality’s annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), available online or in the mail, to learn important information about their drinking water quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires community water systems serving more than 25 people or 15 households to issue a CCR every year by July 1. 

WQRF funds predicting modeling study beginning July 1

Monday, July 1, 2019 :: 359 Views :: Water Quality Research Foundation

Two researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will be studying ways of determining an area’s risk for future drinking water crises and how water quality technology can alleviate those risks in a study funded by the Water Quality Research Foundation Board. The “Predictive Modeling of U.S. Drinking Water Emergencies” study by Drs. Yin Wang and Junhong Chen will begin July 1, 2019, and is expected to run through 2020.


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