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WQA offers 'hybrid' convention experience

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 :: 2256 Views :: Convention

The 2021 WQA Convention and Exposition is the association’s first-ever hybrid event, offering expanded access for those participating in person and online. Those attending virtually can participate in real time during live-streamed events July 28-30, and those attending in person can take advantage of on-demand-only courses.

WQA Convention offers robust education lineup

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 :: 2258 Views :: Convention

Dozens of education sessions about water quality, water treatment and business operations – offered in-person, by livestream or on-demand - highlight the 2021 WQA Convention and Exposition July 28-30 in Las Vegas. Attendees who hold professional certifications through WQA have the opportunity to earn much of the Continuing Professional Development credit they need for recertification through this one event.

WQA Business Boot Camp set for July 27 in Las Vegas

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 :: 3174 Views :: Convention

Experts in leadership, human resources and business management from within and without the water treatment industry will engage attendees of the 2021 WQA Business Boot Camp in “Reimagining Your Success.” Aimed primarily at dealers, this intensive one-day business operations workshop is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the day before the start of the 2021 WQA Convention & Exposition.

Leader, speaker, author Simon T. Bailey to headline 2021 WQA Convention & Exposition

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 :: 2494 Views :: Convention

“Be the Spark” leader, speaker and author Simon T. Bailey will deliver the keynote address at the 2021 Water Quality Association Convention & Exposition July 28-30 in Las Vegas. Bailey, the author of 10 books on being fearless and creating your future, will headline the convention’s Opening General Session set for 3 p.m. PDT Wednesday, July 28, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

WQA releases 2021 Consumer Opinion Study

Monday, May 24, 2021 :: 4400 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Emerging from the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are more positive about their household drinking water quality, less likely to depend on government oversight and increasingly ready to spend money on home water treatment, according to a new national survey of consumer opinions about drinking water released by the Water Quality Association.

WQA launches Certified Treatment Designer program

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 :: 2808 Views :: Professional Certification & Training

The Water Quality Association is offering a new professional certification designed for people who work in business-to-business sales and support. The Certified Treatment Designer seal assures water treatment dealers of getting knowledgeable technical support from people who design, manufacture and sell water treatment systems or products.

WQA says warmer weather increases likelihood of door-to-door scams

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 :: 2776 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

With warmer weather and the easing of masking restrictions, an increase in door-to-door solicitations is leading the Water Quality Association to once again call attention to solicitations in which companies falsely represent WQA in offering to test a home’s drinking water or sell water treatment devices. In particular, consumers should be wary of sales representatives playing on their fears about COVID-19, which has not been shown to be a risk in home drinking water.

Kinetico's Toby Thomas assumes WQA presidency

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 :: 2904 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association has elected a new president: Toby Thomas, President and CEO of Kinetico Incorporated. Thomas has 30 years of experience generating growth, tackling complex strategic issues and building world-class capabilities in leading companies both inside and outside the water treatment industry, and he says WQA has never been stronger.

WQA announces leadership, excellence award winners

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 :: 2938 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Winners of the prestigious Hall of Fame and Lifetime Membership awards – as well as two companies honored with the Excellence Award – are among 21 honors announced during the Water Quality Association’s Annual meeting, held online April 27.  The awards will be presented in person during the WQA Convention and Exposition July 28-30 in Las Vegas, NV.

WQA opens registration for 2021 Convention

Thursday, April 1, 2021 :: 4318 Views :: Convention

The Water Quality Association has opened registration for the 2021 WQA Convention & Exposition, to be held July 28-30 both in Las Vegas, NV, and as an online event, depending on the attendee’s preference. The convention website,, offers easy-to-use access to registration, housing and COVID safety information for the convention and the July 27 WQA Business Boot Camp, both at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  

WQA to fill eight board seats during Annual Meeting April 27

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 :: 2986 Views :: Convention

A slate of nominees for the Water Quality Association Board of Directors is up for election at the association’s 2021 Annual Meeting, which will be held during a special online event beginning at noon EDT (11 a.m. CDT) on Tuesday, April 27.  Vice President Toby Thomas of Kinetico Incorporated is expected to assume the presidency, ceremoniously taking the gavel from outgoing president DJ Shannahan of Sharp Water Culligan.

WQA's RO sizing workshop returns to online format

Monday, March 8, 2021 :: 3408 Views :: Technical Guidance

WQA’s popular Commercial Industrial RO Sizing workshop, offered online for the first time last fall, returns this spring in a series of seven weekly sessions providing personalized instruction on the Zoom platform. WQA-certified personnel can earn up to 0.1 Continuing Professional Development credits per session – up to 0.7 CPD total for the course - of the 2 to 3 CPD required for recertification.

WQA’s Burbidge, Duve earn top Association certification

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 :: 2594 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Two members of WQA’s leadership team, Kathleen Burbidge and Heather Duve, have earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry, representing top education and skill in nonprofit association management.

WQA completes relocation of headquarters, lab

Monday, March 1, 2021 :: 3319 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association has relocated its international headquarters and laboratory to a larger, state-of-the-art facility in suburban Chicago.  The new site allows increased capacity, flexibility and efficiency for Gold Seal product certification, laboratory testing, education and training, and membership services.

WQA launches Business Operations Report

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 :: 3163 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association announces the launch of the WQA Business Operations Report, a powerful interactive benchmarking tool for WQA dealer members in the U.S. to measure the success of their business operations. The report is open now for collection of 2019 data to provide a pre-pandemic baseline for information to be gathered for 2020 and succeeding years.

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