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Sen. Thom Tillis named WQA Congressional Champion
North Carolina Republican honored for support of water legislation

LISLE, Ill. (March 4, 2020) – U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) has been named a Water Quality Association Congressional Champion Award honoree for co-sponsoring per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) legislation, including a new law directing a nationwide survey of PFAS contamination. The award was presented during the annual WQA Fly-In, a series of strategic meetings on Capitol Hill March 3 and 4 that includes the Water Resources Congressional Summit.

“We honor Sen. Tillis’ support of the new PFAS detection law and his continued support of maximum contaminant levels for PFAS chemicals,” said WQA Global Governmental Affairs Director David Loveday. “He truly is a champion of safer drinking water for all U.S. citizens.

Tillis has been one of the main Republican supporters of PFAS legislation over the past two years, co-sponsoring several WQA-endorsed bills. One of those - the PFAS Detection Act, which became law last year – directs the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct a nationwide survey of PFAS contamination in water sources, including private wells. Tillis also has signed onto a letter calling on the Environmental Protection agency to set a maximum contaminant level for both PFOA and PFOS, two of the “forever chemicals” known collectively as PFAS.

Tillis and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) were named WQA Champions in 2020, the third year WQA has given the awards during its annual Fly-In. More than 40 WQA members and staff are taking part in this year’s event, which includes the summit, an evening reception and small-group Congressional visits. The WQA delegation offers legislators and agency representatives expertise in dealing with contamination issues or water-related legislation.

WQA co-hosts the Water Resources Congressional Summit with the Irrigation Association and the National Groundwater Association


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).