In this WQA Radio podcast, Water Quality Research Foundation President Ned Jones talks about new research initiatives, including a new research grant to be awarded in 2017 to further the betterment of water quality.
The deadline for applying for the new research grant is February 15, 2017.
Learn more about WQRF at: www.wqa.org/wqrf
It was a big day under the TV lights for WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser.
She joined Amy Shannahan of Pur for a Satellite Media Tour from Boston. Pauli (in green top) addressed water quality issues across the country. Amy talked about Pur's water filters.
Here's one of the interview segments:
Teaching learners how to solve problems
Are you looking for technical and business training for the water quality improvement industry?
Are you looking for educational materials that support the high professional and ethical standards of the water treatment industry?
Then WQA's educational resources and Modular Education Program are for you.
We've got the technical and business basics for beginners and non-technical employees, theory and applications of water treatment technologies, specific residential applications, commercial sizing and application, and industrial applications.
Our resources also include topics on plumbing basics, equipment installation guides and disinfection.
But here's the important thing. WQA’s Modular Education Program (MEP) training is competency based and uses real world problems as teaching tools. It goes beyond explaining how the technologies work or when to use them; it teaches the learners how to solve problems.
Learn more at wqa.org/education.
We probably don't talk enough about the value of becoming a member.
For instance. . .
And, new this year is the WQA Career Center, where employers can post a job opening and where the next wave of talent in the water treatment industry can look for their next step up the career ladder.
WQA values our members, and our members receive top value by joining WQA. Take a look at our new video for Membership Appreciation Month to see why WQA membership is a sound investment.
And click here to join WQA.
Finding quality water treatment products in a marketplace flooded with options can be challenging. How can you tell if a product is safe, reliable, durable and capable of meeting the claims made on its packaging and literature?
WQA's Certified Product Listings are available to help connect consumers with water treatment products that have been tested and certified to industry standards.
WQA's Gold Seal Product Certification Program ensures that the product is constructed or formulated from safe materials, the claims listed on the packaging are backed by test data, and the product will hold up under normal usage conditions.
WQA maintains a complete listing of all 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 on our web site.
We're designating November as Member Appreciation Month at WQA. We want to let members know how much the Association values their involvement and contributions in making a positive impact for the Water Treatment Industry. It's also another great opportunity showcase our WE CARE focus on customer service and responsiveness.
The Water Quality Association has more than 2,500 company members worldwide, including approximately 600 manufacturing/supplier companies, 1,700 dealers and 200 allied members.
We’re proud to offer technical resources, product certification and professional certification so that WQA remains the leading voice of the water treatment industry.
WQA staff are working to benefit members across a broad spectrum of services:
WQA is always looking for new members to join with their colleagues in an effort to bring effective water quality solutions to people everywhere. For questions regarding membership, please contact the membership department at 630-505-0160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there really such a thing as totally pure water? Not really. Almost all water contains at least some amount of minerals, for instance.
Beyond that, your drinking water might also contain tiny amounts of microorganisms and contaminants that don't necessarily pose a health threat. In fact, some of the flavor of water comes from these substances, believe it or not.
The problem isn't with your public water treatment facility. Water can become impure after it leaves a treatment plant on its way to your tap. Silt, sediment and other contaminants can build up inside water mains and household plumbing. Beyond that, there are things like runoff from storms, pesticides and acid rain that can affect your water.
In other words, it's not just lead. So, what to do? Good question.
WQA recommends getting your water tested by a certified professional, and then use a certified product such as a water filter to remove the contaminants that a test has revealed. WQA's website has a variety of resources to help. Learn more at wqa.org.
Interested in being a member of WQA? Join now.
In this edition of WQA Radio, WQA's Professional Certification Director Tanya Lubner joins Wes Bleed for an important discussion on the value of Professional Certification. It's important for consumers to know if a water treatment professional is certified.
The WQA Professional Certification program helps consumers and employers identify individuals in the point-of-use/point-of-entry water quality improvement industry who have demonstrated a certified level of professional expertise and are dedicated to high professional standards.
Learn more about Professional Certification.
Lead in drinking water has been a big story in the news. As a results, you may have questions.
Here's a quick Q&A to help.
How can lead get into the water supply?
Studies show most lead in our drinking water does not come from your municipal water treatment plant. Instead, it comes from the materials containing lead coming into contact with water after it leaves the plant.
Things like lead service connections or lead solder used in copper piping could be the problem.
Are there any symptoms of lead poisoning?
Actually, there may be none, although signs such as irritability or weight loss may occur.
Who's at the biggest risk?
Young children and pregnant women.
In this edition of WQA Radio, we talk with Tom Spoden, WQA's Production Certification Director about his background in the water treatment industry and the value of product certification at WQA.
Product certification ensures a product is safe and does what it is intended to do.
If you're new to product certification or have questions about the process, you'll want to listen to this interview. Tom explains the role product certification plays with other departments at WQA and how the public can gain from product certification.
Learn more about product certification.