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EPA Administrator Wheeler addresses WQA Board
Touches on COVID-19, Lead & Copper rule

 LISLE, IL (March 31, 2020)  – 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.

“You’re providing a critical service to the American public, and we want to make sure you have the resources you need to provide that service,” said Wheeler, who reiterated the importance of continued dialogue after hearing the perspectives of several directors during the call.

Wheeler emphasized that his office remains open for business during the COVID-19 crisis, and that action continues on other fronts such as drinking water standards, expanding funding to manage per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (known collectively as PFAS), updating the Lead and Copper Rule and a new water re-use action plan designed to accelerate water recycling efforts across the country.

 "It was a great call and very informative for our Board,” said incoming WQA President DJ Shannahan, who was among the directors to address Wheeler. “We appreciate his willingness to listen to our needs while also sharing his priorities for improving the water quality of our nation.”

 Board members who are water treatment dealers explained to Wheeler how they are on the front lines helping homeowners, businesses, hospitals, nursing homes, emergency management facilities and critical manufacturing facilities making personal protective equipment and other essential products to combat the further spread of COVID-19.  Others discussed the importance of in-home filtration solutions as millions of Americans are under shelter-in-place orders.

Wheeler has recorded a video message for the WQA membership to be played during the association’s annual meeting, to be held virtually on April 2 at 12 noon EDT, 11 a.m. CDT. The meeting also features WQA’s annual Leadership awards and an industry update.

Wheeler also reiterated the EPA’s earlier statement that COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies and, based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low. WQA has posted a variety of resources and helpful information for consumers and its members regarding COVID-19 on the association’s website.


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).