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Jim Stern assumes WQA presidency

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 :: 988 Views :: Membership

Jim Stern, Executive Vice President for A. O. Smith Corporation, is the new president of the Water Quality Association. Stern pledges to bring “a fresh set of eyes and ears” to his presidency, which will focus on helping the association grow through its new Strategic Plan.

WQA announces new leadership roles in Membership department

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 :: 2460 Views :: Membership

The Water Quality Association has announced two leadership changes in the Membership department: Marketing & Communications Director Wes Bleed has been named to the new and expanded role of Membership, Marketing & Communications Director, and Heather Duve becomes the new Membership and Development Associate Director. The changes are effective immediately.

WQA's new president to focus on member engagement

Monday, April 13, 2020 :: 2587 Views :: Membership

Water treatment dealer DJ Shannahan, taking the reins as Water Quality Association President during the COVID-19 pandemic, pledges to foster engagement across the wide spectrum of WQA members. The association of like-minded water professionals serves “to remind us of what we all do for a living: help others by providing the cleanest, safest drinking water possible,” he said.

Revised Code of Ethics is effective Jan. 1, 2020

Monday, December 16, 2019 :: 3000 Views :: Membership

The Water Quality Association’s revised Code of Ethics, which guides members in the use of marketing terms aligned with those published in the WQA Knowledge Base Glossary, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020. One specific concern addressed by the revisions is companies using the term “water softener” inconsistent with the way industry professionals understand and use it.

Ver Strat elected WQA President, will lead beginning of relocation process

Thursday, May 23, 2019 :: 3295 Views :: Membership

 With an extensive background in drinking water standards and regulations, new Water Quality Association President Stephen J. Ver Strat is prepared to lead the industry association through a challenging year – a year that will see WQA begin the process of relocating its International Headquarters and Laboratory.  

November is WQA Member Appreciation Month

Thursday, November 1, 2018 :: 3386 Views :: Membership

The Water Quality Association is marking November as Member Appreciation Month, recognizing its 2,500 members across the globe for their work in promoting the betterment of water quality.

WQA Women in Industry Advisory Council seeks ideas

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 :: 3321 Views :: Membership

The Water Quality Association’s Women in Industry (WIN) Advisory Council is seeking opinions from both women and men in the water treatment industry that will help the council better identify the needs of women professionals and to better prioritize its support efforts.

WQA's Business Excellence program enters second year

Thursday, June 21, 2018 :: 3992 Views :: Membership

The Water Quality Association is entering a second year of its Business Excellence program after recognizing 35 member companies in the inaugural year. Business Excellence calls attention to a company’s top performance within the industry and a commitment to high values and standards.

WQA launches Industry Partner Program

Friday, March 2, 2018 :: 3590 Views :: Membership

The Water Quality Association (WQA) has launched a new Industry Partner Program (IPP) with companies and organizations that provide financing, marketing, insurance and other services that support the water treatment industry. The IPP allows participating companies the opportunity to interact with WQA members.

Water Quality Association announces top awards at annual Convention in Orlando

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 :: 5216 Views :: Membership, Communications

The Water Quality Association (WQA) today honored several of its members at the Opening General Session of its annual Convention & Exposition in Orlando. Among the highlights were WQA’s Lifetime Member and Hall of Fame awards along with a new honor this year, the Next Gen award to pay tribute to up and coming water treatment professionals. 

WQA responds to new federal funding for Flint, Michigan

Friday, December 16, 2016 :: 7355 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs, Product Certification, Professional Certification, Membership, Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association (WQA) applauded Congressional approval of a Continuing Resolution (CR) that authorizes $140 million in grants to Flint, Michigan to address lead and other contaminants in drinking water.

WQA designates November as Member Appreciation Month

Friday, November 4, 2016 :: 4014 Views :: Membership

The Water Quality Association is designating November as Member Appreciation Month, letting members know how much the Association values their involvement and contributions in making a positive impact for the Water Treatment Industry.

Changes Announced to WQA's Boards

Thursday, March 31, 2016 :: 10419 Views :: Convention, Water Quality Research Foundation, Membership, Communications, Consumer & Industry Awareness

A number of important changes to the Water Quality Association’s top volunteer leadership were implemented during the Association’s 2016 Convention & Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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