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WQA names Zac Gleason Laboratory Director
Gleason brings extensive background in water, sanitation and hygiene; 
laboratory oversight; and water treatment technologies to new role 

Lisle, Ill. – Zac Gleason is the Water Quality Association’s new Laboratory Director, responsible for overall operations and strategic direction for both the Performance Laboratory and the Analytical Laboratory, the association has announced.  Gleason brings more than 15 years’ experience in water, sanitation, and hygiene and 10 years of laboratory oversight experience to the role, a key component of the WQA’s Gold Seal Product Certification program.

“We are excited to have Zac join WQA,” said Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “His experience managing a test lab and working with regulatory bodies, and his expertise in water quality issues, will further increase consumer and industry confidence in Gold Seal Product Certification.”

In addition to managing the daily lab operations and driving strategy and growth for the laboratory, Gleason is charged with ensuring the integrity and departmental compliance with a variety of ANSI, ISO and Canada quality standards. He comes to WQA from the manufacturing and technology development sector, where he oversaw contract and grant-based efforts as well as field testing, internal quality assurance, development experimentation and third-party verification/certification.

 Gleason has hands-on knowledge of more than 85 different water treatment technologies and has worked with government agencies and regulatory bodies around the world. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Washington (Seattle).

Consumers can search WQA’s complete listing of products and components that have earned the Gold Seal and Sustainability Marks. Only products that pass the rigorous testing requirements of industry standards, pass annual manufacturing facility audits, and comply with WQA's Certification Schemes can be found in this listing.

 WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. WQA’s education and professional certification programs have been providing industry-standardized training and credentialing since 1977.  The WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water since 1959. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).