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WQA leadership awards nominations open through Oct. 15

Winners to be honored at WQA Convention & Exposition in April 2022

LISLE, Ill. (Sept. 2, 2021) – Nominations are open now for WQA’s annual Leadership Awards, which recognize individuals and companies who have excelled in their service to the water quality improvement industry.

Members of WQA as well as their peers and colleagues within the industry are encouraged to submit a nomination for one of the individual awards – Hall of Fame, Lifetime Membership, Key, Ray Cross, Regents, Award of Merit, International Award of Merit, Honorary Membership and the Next Gen Award.

Applications also are being taken for the WQA Excellence Award, established in 2017 to honor member companies that demonstrate excellence in customer service, business operations, community service, and innovation in two categories: Dealer and Manufacturer/Supplier. Companies apply for this honor rather than being nominated; at minimum, the applicant must have been a WQA member for three years, sell or manufacture certified products and have at least one certified professional on staff. 

Deadline for nominations and applications is Oct. 15. Nominations are evaluated against each individual award’s criteria, and winners are chosen by the Board of Governors. Not all awards are necessarily given each year.

Winners will be introduced during the 2022 WQA Convention & Exposition, April 6-8 in Orlando, FL. To learn more and to see past award recipients, visit


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). WQA publishes a consumer-friendly website,