Water Sciences Committee

The Water Sciences Committee contributes to the development of key informational documents that the association uses to inform members, regulatory officials and the public such as:

Getting Smart with Reverse Osmosis Systems;
Getting Smart with Softeners & Reverse Osmosis Systems;
Updates to the WQA Glossary of Terms;
Technical Fact Sheets for members; and 
Other technical documents.

The Water Sciences Committee helps to guide and provide input on research projects which are funded through the WQA, or funded through the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF). For example through the WQRF Septic Study, which was performed by Virginia Tech, we were able to demonstrate that sending regeneration waste from an efficiently operated softener to a septic system actually improves performance of the septic system. 

Watch a video replay of the Water Sciences Committee meeting held online during the 2020 Mid-Year Leadership Conference. Watch here (requires Member log-in).

Committee Charges: 

  1. Manages the technical and scientific tasks of WQA.
  2. Works with the Government Affairs Committees to reach consensus on technical issues that emerge from regulatory or legislative actions.
  3. Provides advice to the Water Quality Research Foundation.
  4. Provides semi-annual reports to the Board of Directors.

What We Are Looking For: 

  • Product engineers and design experts
  • Water treatment dealers experienced in dealing with local water quality issues
  • Other professionals with an understanding of the technical and scientific challenges faced by our industry.

    This committee seeks expertise covering all the various treatment technologies (e.g., filtration, RO, softeners, UV, etc.) and expertise covering all market sectors (commercial, industrial, residential). A working knowledge of regulatory and code requirements will be useful since this committee may be asked to work in close collaboration with the WQA Government & Regulatory Affairs department on legislative issues. A passion for keeping up with the latest research, and even advancing that research, is important since this committee supports most of the WQA and WQRF research activities. Key skills for members of this committee include problem solving, technical writing, and long term thinking grounded with a sound understanding of the business and economic needs of our industry.

Staff Liaison: Technical Affairs Director Eric Yeggy

​Visit wqa.org/volunteer for information on signing up to serve on a WQA committee or advisory council.

Larry F. GottliebBOD LiaisonResinTech, Inc.
John B. KeenerChairpersonToledo Water Conditioning
William S. SiegmundMember - 1st TermPure Water Works, Inc.
Vikas ThusooMember - 1st TermEnvirogard Products, Limited
Wesley VandenbrinkMember - 1st TermAmerican Aqua LLC
Aaron CypherMember - 1st TermParker Hannifin Corporation
Jun Kim, PhDMember - 1st TermAmway
Joshua Mertz, PhDMember - 1st TermGraver Technologies LLC
Andrew LombardoMember - 1st TermAquaGuidance, Inc.
Justin A. MestMember - 1st TermMaster Water Conditioning Corp.
John T. GriesbachMember - 2nd TermDiamond H2O
Mark J. BrotmanMember - 2nd TermKinetico Incorporated
Vivekanand GaurNon-Voting MemberColumbus Industries
John SmithNon-Voting MemberKinetico Incorporated
Charles F. MichaudNon-Voting MemberSystematix Company
Mark UngerNon-Voting MemberLeverEdge (The)
Jonny SeccombeNon-Voting MemberAqua-Rex, LLC
Christoph LohrNon-Voting MemberIAPMO R & T
Joseph A. Cotruvo, PhDNon-Voting MemberJoseph Cotruvo and Associates L.L.C.
Ryan PrinceNon-Voting MemberParagon Water Systems
Erika GonzalezNon-Voting MemberChem-Aqua
Addie OlsonNon-Voting MemberThermax Inc.
Ed RobakowskiNon-Voting MemberKinetico Incorporated
Harkirat Singh SahniNon-Voting MemberParagon Water Systems
Kathryn MuenchNon-Voting MemberA.O. Smith Corporation
Thomas HorganNon-Voting MemberCrystal IS
Daniel ConnorNon-Voting MemberFillmaster Systems, LLC
Kimberly M. ReddenNon-Voting MemberPentair Water Purification
Rebecca M. TallonNon-Voting MemberA.O. Smith Corporation
Arvind S. PatilNon-Voting MemberRicura Water Technology, LLC