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Leader, speaker, author Simon T. Bailey to headline 2021 WQA Convention & Exposition

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 :: 1789 Views :: Convention

“Be the Spark” leader, speaker and author Simon T. Bailey will deliver the keynote address at the 2021 Water Quality Association Convention & Exposition July 28-30 in Las Vegas. Bailey, the author of 10 books on being fearless and creating your future, will headline the convention’s Opening General Session set for 3 p.m. PDT Wednesday, July 28, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

WQA releases 2021 Consumer Opinion Study

Monday, May 24, 2021 :: 3329 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Emerging from the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are more positive about their household drinking water quality, less likely to depend on government oversight and increasingly ready to spend money on home water treatment, according to a new national survey of consumer opinions about drinking water released by the Water Quality Association.

WQA launches Certified Treatment Designer program

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 :: 2264 Views :: Professional Certification & Training

The Water Quality Association is offering a new professional certification designed for people who work in business-to-business sales and support. The Certified Treatment Designer seal assures water treatment dealers of getting knowledgeable technical support from people who design, manufacture and sell water treatment systems or products.

WQA says warmer weather increases likelihood of door-to-door scams

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 :: 1811 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

With warmer weather and the easing of masking restrictions, an increase in door-to-door solicitations is leading the Water Quality Association to once again call attention to solicitations in which companies falsely represent WQA in offering to test a home’s drinking water or sell water treatment devices. In particular, consumers should be wary of sales representatives playing on their fears about COVID-19, which has not been shown to be a risk in home drinking water.

Kinetico's Toby Thomas assumes WQA presidency

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 :: 2127 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 :: 2095 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 :: 3425 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 :: 2450 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 :: 2889 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 :: 2031 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 :: 2650 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 :: 2615 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 :: 1821 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 :: 2864 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 :: 2995 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

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