Regional & State Government Affairs Committee - April 7, 2020

A video recording of the joint meeting of the Federal Government Affairs and Regional & State Government affairs committees on April 7, 2020, can be viewed here:

Regional & State Government Affairs Committee

In addition to monitoring legislation at the federal level, WQA stays on top of legislation being considered in various states across the country. The Regional & State Government Affairs Committee:

Deciphers confusing state legislation, and provides guidance for the membership. For example, Government Affairs efforts passed legislation to create a specialty license in Colorado.  Additionally, the Regulatory Info Search Database houses current legislation and regulations. 

Provides recommendations on the association’s advocacy agenda. Specific recommendations have included WQA participate on regional & state coalitions, partner with other organizations, and target specific states and state agencies. 

Keeps membership informed on proposed state legislation and regulations. Provides monthly updates and Year-end reviews of the governmental landscape. 

Committee Charges:

  1. Manage the efforts of WQA with respect to any legislative or regulatory matters that impact the industry
  2. Coordinate with the Water Science Committee with respect to the development of standards and with respect to the development of WQA positions on issues that required scientific input
  3. Provide semi-annual reports to the Board of Governors

What We Are Looking For:

  • WQA member individuals representing all categories (e.g. manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, allied) and sectors (residential, commercial, industrial)
  • Passion for governmental advocacy with a willingness to participate in legislative outreach events

Key Skills/Experience:

  • Experience addressing local and state regulatory issues and reviewing draft legislation or rules, but not required
  • General knowledge of technical issues affecting our industry
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Relationship building - meeting with government officials and joining coalitions

Frequency of Meetings: 

  • In Person Meetings: WQA Convention & Exposition, WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference
  • Conference Call: as needed

Staff Liaison: Global Government Affairs Director David Loveday

Look for the next open Call for Volunteers in January 2021.

Committee Roster

NameCompany NameRole
Jeffrey B. HillRobert B Hill CoBOD Liaison
Kenneth P. GibsonAbsolute Water Management Inc./EcoWater SystemsChairperson
J. Christopher LaytonChris Layton Water ConsultingMember - 1st Term
Ken SteitzEcoWater of Central CaliforniaMember - 1st Term
Bradley Duke RawlsPentair Filtration SolutionsMember - 1st Term
David Duane DunkAquaGuidance, Inc.Member - 1st Term
Clifford L. FasnachtPacific Purification Inc.Member - 2nd Term
Samuel D. BaronMaher Water CorporationMember - 2nd Term
Ronald E. RuefUnknown CompanyMember - 2nd Term
David WassilakAmwayNon-Voting Member
Ed RobakowskiKinetico IncorporatedNon-Voting Member
Kathleen BurbidgeWater Quality AssociationStaff Admin
David LovedayWater Quality AssociationStaff Liaison
Thomas J. BruursemaWater Quality AssociationStaff Observer
Robert W. BoernerCulligan Of San AntonioVice Chairperson