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‘Hot Topics in Advocacy’ discussion to kick off convention

Gephardt, Pollack, Ogsbury to discuss regulatory and legislative issues affecting water treatment industry

LISLE, Ill. (March 13, 2018)– An influential legislative advocacy panel will discuss “Hot Topics in Advocacy,” to open the education sessions of the Water Quality Association’s 2018 Convention & Exposition March 26-29 in Denver, Colo.

The panel -- former U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.), Pacific WQA Legislative Advocate Randy Pollack and Western Governors’ Association Executive Director Jim Ogsbury – is expected to cover such topics as the current regulatory climate for business, impact of the new tax law and California’s increasing regulations, which often set a trend for the rest of the country.

The moderator will be WQA Government Affairs Director David Loveday.

“I’m looking forward to the discussion, which is certain to be packed with interesting and useful information for our members,” Loveday said.

The hour-long discussion will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, March 26, making it the first event of the three-day convention, which also offers sessions on commercial applications designed to help attendees understand the sub-sectors of the commercial water treatment market, residential applications and water treatment technologies. For more information or to register:

A one-day Business Operations Boot Camp takes place on March 25, one day before the Convention opens, and requires a separate registration. More information is available at

Limited exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Exhibitors should go here to secure their booth space.

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is a not-for-profit association for the residential commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. WQA represents more than 2,500 member companies around the globe. Our membership is comprised of equipment manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and distributors of water quality improvement products and services. 

WQA serves as an educator of water treatment professionals, certifier of water treatment products, public information resource and voice of the water quality improvement industry.

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