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Posted 4/3/06

Pentair's Neil J. Desmond, CWS-IV, elected WQA President

Neil J. Desmond, CWS-IV, of Pentair Water Filtration - Pentek in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, has been elected president of the Water Quality Association (WQA), an international trade association representing 2,400 companies in the household, commercial/industrial, and small system water treatment industry.

Neil J. Desmond, CWS-IV

He was elected to the one-year term March 28, during the association’s business meeting at their annual water industry conference — WQA Aquatech USA.

Pentair has been a member of the Water Quality Association since 1979. Desmond was WQA vice president from 2005-2006. He is a member and past chairman of the Government Relations Committee and is also a member of the Manufacturer/Supplier Section.

He takes over for Gerald Dierolf, CWS-IV, CI, president of Gerry’s Culligan Water Conditioning in Eagle Lake, Florida. The conference marked the end of Dierolf’s term as president, though he will continue to serve on the Board of Governors as immediate past president.

"I look forward to the upcoming year as WQA president, and will continue to focus our efforts on solving issues that affect the water quality industry," Desmond said.

"Working with states to increase acceptance of ANSI-accredited, third-party product certifications that will help speed-up the registration process, will definitely be a priority," he said.

“I think it’s also important to continue our work with NOWRA (National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association) to seek solutions and work together to understand the science and engineering related to septic systems and softeners,” he said.

“Understanding the impact of brine discharge is also important. We will continue to work with communities to voluntarily reduce brine discharge. An example of this is the cooperative project with California’s Inland Empire water authority,” Desmond said.

He added that expanding WQA’s Professional Certification Program and continuing to provide educational opportunities to all members was another priority.

Professionally, Desmond is general manager of Pentair Filtration, Inc. in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and senior vice president - sales for Pentair Water’s Filtration Group.

Desmond is Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) with APICS - The Association for Operations Management. He is originally from Newark, Delaware and is a graduate of the University of Delaware.

Outside of his career accomplishments, Desmond has been involved in various community organizations, including the Lakeshore Technical College Board, Sheboygan Redevelopment Authority, Town of Wilson Planning Board, Chamber of Commerce, Sheboygan School District Long Range Planning Committee, and he is a member of Immaculate Conception Parish. He and his wife Karen live in Wilson, Wisconsin. They have three children: Mark, Jill and Julie.

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