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WQA Successes

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is an integral part of our members' business operations. This association does things one business cannot do alone. WQA is a low-cost, back-office that fights for our members' interests and creates new opportunities for their businesses.

Here are some of the things we've accomplished over the years that strengthen the water treatment industry as a whole and benefit all of our members:

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  • California's brine discharge issues are real and driven by several factors including water shortages, the need to reuse existing supplies, and federal and state environmental laws that place limits on chloride discharges into streams. WQA is helping coordinate a project with the Inland Empire to explore ways to get individuals to voluntarily upgrade their water softeners to more-efficient equipment. Inland Empire recognizes they need to work with our industry, instead of in opposition to it.

  • WQA Aquatech USA 2006, held March 28-April 1 outside Chicago, had recordbreaking attendance, with 4,825 attendees, 530 booth spaces, and 290 exhibiting companies on hand for the event. Our reinvented trade show creates new and profitable opportunities in the household, commercial, and light- and medium-industrial water markets.

  • Each year, WQA communicates with cities, regulators, newspapers, and other media to correct misinformation about our industry's products and services. In January 2006, the focus turned to Nashville, Tennessee. Their Metro Water Services department posted false and misleading information about consumption of softened water on its Web site. WQA contacted the agency in writing, refuted the aritcle's claims, and requested the misinformation be removed from the Web site. After receiving no response, an article was published in the January 2006 issue of WQA Industry Update. That WQA article was later picked up by another publication, which further directed the spotlight on Nashville's Metro Water Services. As a result, the public information officer for the water agency pulled the article. She has since asked her staff to work with WQA to clear up any misleading or inaccurate information about softened water. WQA members: If you are dealing with a municipality that is making false or misleading statements about water softeners or other technologies, contact WQA immediately, and we will work to correct the information.

  • In November 2005, WQA briefed the staff for the US Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works to expedite the use of point-of-use (POU)/point-of-entry (POE) equipment to provide clean drinking water to small communities. New legislation is expected as a result.

  • Septic system manufacturers have been lobbying regulators for years to restrict softener discharges to septic systems. Bans and restrictions have taken effect in numerous states and municipalities, as a result. WQA has successfully fought these issues in at least six states and as many local governments, and has gotten the regulations overturned or amended to be acceptable. In October 2005, WQA cosponsored a conference on brine discharges to septic systems with the National Onsite Wastewater

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