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WQA holds virtual annual meeting in light of COVID-19

Features remarks from EPA Administrator Wheeler, WQA Leadership

LISLE, Ill. (April 2, 2020) – 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.

A recording of the meeting is posted at

 “Conducting the opening general session in a virtual format was the last thing I would have expected,” 2019-2020 WQA President Steve Ver Strat told members. “But here we are, and I want to thank you for taking the time, during our troubled times, to join us here today.”

WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser called on members to cast a big vision for the industry and to remember the reasons they’re in business, especially in light of the current crisis. “What better vision could there be than bettering the quality of water for everyone, right?” asked Undesser. “We are an essential industry, employing essential people, doing essential duties.”

Administrator Wheeler thanked WQA members for their commitment to improving water quality across America and said the EPA values the point-of-use and point-of-entry water treatment products that WQA members offer to residential, commercial and industrial customers.

“POU/POE treatment is vital in special situations such as in hospitals and critical manufacturing sectors and can also be an effective option to reduce risks from drinking water contaminants for homeowners with private wells,” said Wheeler.

Last week, Wheeler urged U.S. governors to consider drinking water employees essential workers when state authorities enact restrictions such as “shelter in place” orders to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The next virtual offering for WQA members will take place April 21, 22 and 23 when WQA will present approximately 40 hours of on-demand education sessions, with the majority being available for continuing education credits. In addition, a live session will be held each morning, along with several live Q&A sessions with the presenters. More can be found at

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).