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).
- Manages the technical and scientific tasks of WQA.
- Works with the Government Affairs Committees to reach consensus on technical issues that emerge from regulatory or legislative actions.
- Provides advice to the Water Quality Research Foundation.
- 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
The annual Call for Volunteers will open in January 2022.