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Mid-Year Leadership Conference to go virtual

Friday, May 29, 2020 :: 3219 Views :: Events

Continuing health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19 have led the Water Quality Association to convert its 2020 Mid-Year Leadership Conference to a virtual experience. Planning now for an exclusively online MYLC will allow more people than ever to participate in this annual industry engagement event in mid September.

WQA offers drinking water resources during floods

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 :: 1854 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Flood resources, including a video called “Five Things to Know About Water After a Flood,” are available from the Water Quality Association to help ensure a safer water supply during severe flooding in the Midwest that is expected to move into the Southeastern United States this week.

WQA offers guidance on bringing water treatment systems back online

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 :: 3791 Views :: Technical Guidance

As shelter-in-place orders are being modified or lifted around the country, the Water Quality Association offers general guidance on bringing water treatment systems back online in buildings that have been vacant or have seen little or no water use. The guidelines are available on WQA’s website and will be discussed in detail during a free webinar May 27.

WQA calls attention to COVID-19 scare tactics and scams

Monday, May 4, 2020 :: 8710 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Consumers should be wary of sales representatives playing on their fears about COVID-19 or falsely claiming to represent the Water Quality Association or a local governmental water agency through telemarketing, door-to-door or in-home sales. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to advise the public that the coronavirus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies and that the risk is low.

WQA issues call for 2021 Convention speakers

Friday, May 1, 2020 :: 2640 Views :: Convention

The Water Quality Association invites potential speakers to submit proposals for education sessions for the 2021 WQA Convention & Exposition on April 27-29, 2021, in Las Vegas, NV. The convention theme is “Imagine.”

WQA Virtual Education is under way

Monday, April 20, 2020 :: 2390 Views :: Convention

The final piece of the Water Quality Association’s virtual convention events is in place now with the launch of WQA Virtual Education.  Nearly 30 hours of on-demand education sessions, most of them offering Continuing Professional Development credit, are available online to registered participants, and a series of live webinars is set for April 21-23.

WQA's new president to focus on member engagement

Monday, April 13, 2020 :: 2126 Views :: Membership

Water treatment dealer DJ Shannahan, taking the reins as Water Quality Association President during the COVID-19 pandemic, pledges to foster engagement across the wide spectrum of WQA members. The association of like-minded water professionals serves “to remind us of what we all do for a living: help others by providing the cleanest, safest drinking water possible,” he said.

WQA announces leadership, excellence award winners

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 :: 4744 Views :: Convention

 In a new spin on an old tradition, the Water Quality Association honored 16 award winners last week during its Virtual Annual Meeting, an online event held in the wake of the canceled 2020 WQA Convention and Exposition. Among the online event’s highlights were WQA’s Lifetime Member and Hall of Fame awards, along with the Excellence award, created in 2018 to single out member companies that have excelled in their operations, innovation, customer service or community involvement.

WQA provides coronavirus checklist for member companies

Friday, April 3, 2020 :: 2383 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is providing its members with a checklist to help companies respond to the needs of customers during the Coronavirus crisis. WQA recommends members print out the guidance and give it to employees who remain on the job during the crisis.

WQA holds virtual annual meeting in light of COVID-19

Friday, April 3, 2020 :: 1343 Views

Members of the Water Quality Association (WQA) joined an online session of WQA’s annual meeting today and heard support and encouragement from, among others, the association’s president, the executive director and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The meeting was to have taken place in Orlando, Fla., but the 2020 WQA Convention & Exposition was cancelled in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

EPA Administrator Wheeler addresses WQA board

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 :: 2472 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

The Water Quality Association’s Board of Directors heard from Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler today in a conference call in which Wheeler underscored the value of water treatment during the COVID-19 crisis.

WQA participates in EPA discussions on role of water employees during pandemic

Friday, March 27, 2020 :: 2645 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

The Water Quality Association supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s request of all U.S. governors that drinking water employees be considered essential workers when state authorities enact restrictions such as “shelter in place” orders to curb the spread of COVID-19. WQA Global Governmental Affairs Director David Loveday participated in a conference call with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today to discuss national water issues, including Wheeler’s letter to the governors urging them to ensure that drinking water employees receive essential worker status.

WQA warns against water treatment telemarketing scams

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 :: 2062 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

The Water Quality Association (WQA) advises consumers to be on the lookout for telemarketing water treatment scams in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. WQA has been made aware of at least one instance in Maryland in which a telemarketer posing as the Water Quality Association advised a homeowner that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had determined that the coronavirus was being transmitted through water, followed by an offer to test their water.

Online Convention education sessions to be offered

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 :: 2995 Views :: Convention

Following cancellation of its April 1-3 Convention & Exposition in Orlando, Fla., the Water Quality Association is planning a slate of virtual convention events in April. The online sessions include the WQA annual meeting, industry updates, award presentations and dozens of hours of education sessions allowing attendees to earn Continuing Professional Development credit toward WQA recertification.

WQA issues statement on proposed PFAS legislation

Friday, March 13, 2020 :: 1755 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

The Water Quality Association applauds the leadership that Senator Jeanne Shaheen has demonstrated during her Senate career to ensure that all Americans have access to clean drinking water. We welcome her most recent legislative initiative, the Providing Financial Assistance to States (PFAS) for Testing and Treatment Act, to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination, which will be introduced shortly.

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