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EWG study indicates widespread nitrate pollution

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 :: 23473 Views :: Public Water Supply Contamination

A new Environmental Working Group study indicating widespread nitrate pollution in U.S. drinking water -- at levels linked to increased cancer risk -- underscores the need for in-home water filtration, the Water Quality Association said today.

Tom Bruursema named WQA's Associate Executive Director

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 :: 1199 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association (WQA) has named Tom Bruursema its Associate Executive Director of Member & Public Engagement, citing his rich background in the water treatment industry and in marketing and business operations. The association also has announced some internal moves to strengthen international affairs efforts, particularly in the Asian markets. Government Affairs Director David Loveday, a veteran public affairs professional who has been with WQA since 2007, has been promoted to Global Government Affairs director.

WQA activates crisis response blog

Thursday, September 13, 2018 :: 1174 Views

The Water Quality Association has activated its crisis response blog (response.wqa.org) to assist members and the public with frequent updates about the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and the impact of severe flooding on water supplies.

WQA schedules virtual meetings, industry update

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 :: 868 Views :: Events

Instead of traveling to Hilton Head, S.C., this week for the Mid-Year Leadership Conference, water quality professionals will gather around their laptops to take part in meetings and view presentations in a virtual experience.

Hurricane safety concerns lead WQA to cancel Mid-Year Leadership Conference

Sunday, September 9, 2018 :: 1080 Views :: Communications

In the best interest of everyone’s safety, the Water Quality Association has canceled the 2018 WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference (MYLC) planned for this week in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Meteorologists have predicted that Hurricane Florence will strike the East Coast as early as Thursday.

WQA offers recommendations ahead of Hurricane Florence

Sunday, September 9, 2018 :: 1940 Views :: Public Water Supply Contamination

The Water Quality Association warns that Hurricane Florence -- expected to hit the shores of North and South Carolina and Virginia later this week -- 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 further study of PFAS health risk, in-building treatment

Thursday, September 6, 2018 :: 1344 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

A letter from the Water Quality Association statement supporting further study of human health risks of water contaminants known as PFAS and urging support for point-of-use/point-of-entry treatment technologies to combat them will be introduced into testimony today (Sept. 6) before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

WQA Women in Industry Advisory Council seeks ideas

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 :: 955 Views :: Membership

The Water Quality Association’s Women in Industry (WIN) Advisory Council is seeking opinions from both women and men in the water treatment industry that will help the council better identify the needs of women professionals and to better prioritize its support efforts.

WQA responds to elevated PFC levels in Michigan

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 :: 1636 Views :: Technical Guidance

The Water Quality Association has fact sheets and resources available to help residents of Michigan who are concerned about the quality of their drinking water following reports of elevated levels of perfluorinated chemicals, also known as poly-fluorinated chemicals.

WQA offers consumer information during Washington, D.C., Boil Water Notice

Friday, July 13, 2018 :: 732 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

Thousands of residents and businesses in a major portion of Washington, D.C., are being advised today to boil their water before drinking or cooking with it after a possibility of contamination occurred Thursday night.  The Water Quality Association (WQA) offers suggestions andinformation for consumers in the wake of this appropriate response to a temporary health emergency.

The boil water advisory, affecting large parts of Northwest and Northeast D.C., is expected to last into Saturday or Sunday, DC Water said Friday. Complete information is available at the utility’s website.

 

Private wells need annual water quality testing

Thursday, June 28, 2018 :: 3078 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Homeowners who rely on a private well for their drinking water should have that water tested yearly for bacteria and contaminants, according to the Water Quality Association.  “Even if your water looks and smells fine, that doesn’t mean it’s safe to drink,” said WQA Government Affairs Director David Loveday. “Well water can become contaminated with any number of chemicals or other contaminants, and we recommend yearly tests for the most common ones.”

WQA's Business Excellence program enters second year

Thursday, June 21, 2018 :: 1569 Views :: Membership

The Water Quality Association is entering a second year of its Business Excellence program after recognizing 35 member companies in the inaugural year. Business Excellence calls attention to a company’s top performance within the industry and a commitment to high values and standards.

WQRF names Redden its Foundation Relations & Research Manager

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 :: 1519 Views :: Water Quality Research Foundation

The Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) has named Kim Redden its Foundation Relations & Research Manager. Redden, who formerly worked for the Water Quality Association (WQA), has broad experience in the water treatment industry and brings deep industry knowledge to her position.

WQA takes part in national discussion on PFAS contamination

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 :: 1491 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

Two representatives of the Water Quality Association (WQA)participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency PFAS National Leadership Summit May 22 and 23, which ended with the hope that the EPA can have a per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) National Management Plan ready by the end of the year.  PFAS are man-made chemicals found in such things as firefighting foams and stain-resistant, waterproof and nonstick coatings. More than 3,000 PFAS are used in the global marketplace; they are released into the environment through manufacturing, use, and PFAS-containing wastes.

Study outlines health and safety concerns of counterfeit water filters

Friday, May 18, 2018 :: 1816 Views :: Product Certification

The Water Quality Association (WQA) today said a new study conducted on behalf of the Association for Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) underscores the need to combat counterfeit water treatment products. The Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) helped with the study by performing extraction testing and funded a portion of the research production at a total cost of $35,000.

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