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Water Quality Association marks 70 years of leadership
Special anniversary logo celebrates association’s beginnings, future

LISLE, Ill. – The Water Quality Association is celebrating seven decades of leadership in water quality this year, unveiling a 70-year logo highlighting the organization’s role as the leading voice of the residential, commercial and industrial water treatment industry. The commemorative logo also points to the future with the phrase, “Water quality solutions for 70 years and beyond.”

 “We are proud of our long history as an educator of professionals, a laboratory for product testing, and a resource and information source for our members and the public,” said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “Because of this work, consumers have cleaner, safer and better-tasting water.”

 WQA traces its rich heritage to its two founding organizations, the Water Conditioning Association International (WCAI) and the Water Conditioning Foundation (WCF). In 1949, both organizations had been established and were representing manufacturers, suppliers and water treatment dealers industrywide. WCAI and WCF later merged to form the Water Quality Association.

 Today, WQA has 2,500 members across the globe who work to uphold the highest principles of honesty, integrity, fair dealing and professionalism in the water quality improvement industry. They agree to follow the WQA Code of Ethics, which sets standards of conduct for their dealings with customers, among themselves, with members of related industries and the public at large.

 Working with WQA, members stay on top of critical issues facing water quality around the world, inform themselves of rules and regulations affecting the industry and meet annually at the WQA Convention & Exposition (this year it’s April 23-25, 2019, in Las Vegas). WQA also offers education and professional certifications programs and the independent WQA Gold Seal certification program, which ensures consumers they are buying products that perform as advertised.


WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. WQA’s education and professional certification programs have been providing industry-standardized training and credentialing since 1977.  The WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water since 1959. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

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