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Kinetico's Toby Thomas assumes WQA presidency

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 :: 343 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association has elected a new president: Toby Thomas, President and CEO of Kinetico Incorporated. Thomas has 30 years of experience generating growth, tackling complex strategic issues and building world-class capabilities in leading companies both inside and outside the water treatment industry, and he says WQA has never been stronger.

WQA announces leadership, excellence award winners

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 :: 474 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Winners of the prestigious Hall of Fame and Lifetime Membership awards – as well as two companies honored with the Excellence Award – are among 21 honors announced during the Water Quality Association’s Annual meeting, held online April 27.  The awards will be presented in person during the WQA Convention and Exposition July 28-30 in Las Vegas, NV.

WQA opens registration for 2021 Convention

Thursday, April 1, 2021 :: 1070 Views :: Convention

The Water Quality Association has opened registration for the 2021 WQA Convention & Exposition, to be held July 28-30 both in Las Vegas, NV, and as an online event, depending on the attendee’s preference. The convention website,, offers easy-to-use access to registration, housing and COVID safety information for the convention and the July 27 WQA Business Boot Camp, both at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  

WQA to fill eight board seats during Annual Meeting April 27

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 :: 1219 Views :: Convention

A slate of nominees for the Water Quality Association Board of Directors is up for election at the association’s 2021 Annual Meeting, which will be held during a special online event beginning at noon EDT (11 a.m. CDT) on Tuesday, April 27.  Vice President Toby Thomas of Kinetico Incorporated is expected to assume the presidency, ceremoniously taking the gavel from outgoing president DJ Shannahan of Sharp Water Culligan.

WQA's RO sizing workshop returns to online format

Monday, March 8, 2021 :: 1602 Views :: Technical Guidance

WQA’s popular Commercial Industrial RO Sizing workshop, offered online for the first time last fall, returns this spring in a series of seven weekly sessions providing personalized instruction on the Zoom platform. WQA-certified personnel can earn up to 0.1 Continuing Professional Development credits per session – up to 0.7 CPD total for the course - of the 2 to 3 CPD required for recertification.

WQA’s Burbidge, Duve earn top Association certification

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 :: 890 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Two members of WQA’s leadership team, Kathleen Burbidge and Heather Duve, have earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry, representing top education and skill in nonprofit association management.

WQA completes relocation of headquarters, lab

Monday, March 1, 2021 :: 1501 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association has relocated its international headquarters and laboratory to a larger, state-of-the-art facility in suburban Chicago.  The new site allows increased capacity, flexibility and efficiency for Gold Seal product certification, laboratory testing, education and training, and membership services.

WQA launches Business Operations Report

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 :: 1649 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association announces the launch of the WQA Business Operations Report, a powerful interactive benchmarking tool for WQA dealer members in the U.S. to measure the success of their business operations. The report is open now for collection of 2019 data to provide a pre-pandemic baseline for information to be gathered for 2020 and succeeding years.

WQA offers tips for Texas boil water advisories

Thursday, February 18, 2021 :: 901 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Boil water advisories are in effect in cities across Texas as the state works to cope with ongoing weather, energy and water crises. The Water Quality Association (WQA) offers suggestions and information for consumers in the wake of this appropriate response to a temporary health emergency brought on by the icy winter weather.

WQA sees progress in EPA's Lead and Copper Rule

Thursday, January 7, 2021 :: 1753 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s revised Lead and Copper Rule offers progress in the battle against lead in drinking water supplies across the United States. Among other things, the new rule requires testing in schools and childcare facilities while also establishing a trigger level to jumpstart lead mitigation earlier and in more communities.

Revised, updated second edition of Water Treatment For Dummies is now available

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 :: 2077 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Water Treatment For Dummies: Second Edition is now available both online and in a printed version through the Water Quality Association. WQA members can use the updated booklet for in-home sales calls, consumer shows, new employee orientations and service call leave-behind items

WQA postpones 2021 Convention & Exposition to July 28-30

Friday, November 20, 2020 :: 3339 Views :: Convention

The Water Quality Association has postponed its 2021 Convention & Exposition until July 28-30.  The association says the delay increases the likelihood of hosting a successful in-person event at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the same space originally set aside for WQA to gather in late April.

Popular RO Sizing workshop to be offered online

Monday, October 26, 2020 :: 1293 Views :: Professional Certification & Training

WQA’s popular Commercial Industrial RO Sizing workshop, usually only offered during the annual WQA Convention & Exposition, will be available online this fall. Instructor Peter Cartwright, MWS, PE, will help participants practice calculating multiple variables associated with RO sizing in both large and small breakout sessions using the Zoom platform.

WQA announces capital campaign for new facility

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 :: 2173 Views :: Capital Campaign

The Water Quality Association has announced a $400,000 capital campaign to assist with its relocation to an expanded, more modern international headquarters and laboratory facility. Participating in “Building Our Vision” through the end of 2020 allows the water treatment industry to support its trade association with expanded and improved facilities and resources aligned with the growing needs, tremendous opportunities and expansion of the industry.

Kathleen Burbidge named to Association Forum 'Forty Under 40' list

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 :: 1711 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

WQA Global Regulatory & Government Affairs Manager Kathleen Burbidge has been named to the prestigious 2020 “Forty Under 40” list by the Association Forum, an organization of Chicago-area professional associations. The list annually recognizes top association or non-profit professionals for their accomplishments, leadership skills and commitment to the industry.

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