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Rep. Upton honored with WQA Champion award
Michigan Representative’s support of water quality legislation noted

Lisle, Ill. (March 6, 2019) -  U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has been honored with the Water Quality Association Champion award for his support of water-related legislation. The award was presented during the annual WQA Fly-In, a series of strategic meetings on Capitol Hill March 5 and 6 that included the Water Resources Congressional Summit, hosted by WQA in conjunction with the Irrigation Association and the National Groundwater Association.

“Rep. Upton supports legislation requiring federal agencies to help states deal with PFAS contamination,” said WQA Global Governmental Affairs Director David Loveday. “His work on this and other issues will help ensure citizens have access to quality drinking water.”

Upton, who represents Michigan’s 6th District, co-sponsored the Federal Facility Accountability Act, which will require agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency to work with states on a joint plan to test, monitor and possibly remediate PFAS contamination. The contaminant often is found on federal sites such as military installations. 

This week, WQA honored Upton and a fellow Michigan legislator, Democrat Dan Kildee of the state’s 5th district, during the Fly-In.  It is the second year WQA has given the Champion awards; the 2018 honorees were U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

Nearly 40 WQA members and staff took part in this year’s Fly-In, which included the March 5 summit and small-group Congressional visits on March 6. The group emphasized WQA’s support of legislation and funding to fight contamination by PFAS and other emerging contaminants and the effectiveness of in-home filtration systems or devices during emergencies or long-term contamination issues.

The delegation also offered legislators and agency representatives WQA’s expertise and help dealing with contamination issues or water-related legislation.


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).