Association Index

Organizations on File to Meet Your Needs

Many company owners and staff have a list the length of their arms of associations in which they are members. They proudly show that list to each customer and even use it in advertising. But many people just don't know what their associations can offer them. They may not even belong to the association that is right for their needs.

Association membership not only gives you leverage against your competitors, but you may actually find that there is a lot to gain from each of them.

Memberships in these organizations provide unlimited industry information, customer contacts and a connection to the public and businesses. They are a medium to express ideas, concerns and be involved in the standards and regulations processes. Associations also may lead to finding high-quality employees as well as forming partnerships with other companies domestically and internationally.

With educational, social and business opportunities that wait for members, it is hard to imagine not taking advantage of what is available.

Associations offer information via websites, newsletters, trade shows and conferences. Members also can earn certifications, product testing and standards information.

Begin by selecting the organization that matches your needs as well as the locations of various chapters, be it state, regional, national or international. Do a little research and find out all you can. Ask about their goals, committees and involvement in the industry. Don?t be afraid to volunteer and get yourself or your company involved. Follow though with your committments and keep up to date with association happenings.

With so many organizations and chapters, we thought a little organization might be in order. So the following lists a brief overview of various associations and how you can find out more about each of them.


American Water Works Association


Robert F. Willis

Vice Presidents: Glen Anderson, Dennis Leslie, Kathryn McCain, Susan McCormick and Lyndon Stovall

Treasurer: Raymond C. Miller

Other Staff: Jack Hoffbuhr, executive director

Show: Annual Convention Show, June 17?21,

Washington, D.C.

Purpose: To assure a safe, sufficient supply of drinking water
for the people of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The group leads efforts to advance the science, technology, consumer awareness, management, conservation and government policies related to drinking water.

Contact Information: 6666 W. Quincy Ave., Denver, CO 80235; 303-794-7711;


  • Volunteer and Technical Support Groups, Ed Baruth, Director

  • Convention, Education and Section Services Groups,

    Paula MacIlwaine, Director

  • Publishing Group, Monica Joda-Baruth, Director

  • Customer Service Group, Suzanne Andrew, Director

  • Communications and Marketing Groups, Stephen Lewis, Director


Eastern Water Quality Association

Dave McKeon

Vice President: Bernie Palko

Secretary/Treasurer: David Wilson

Other Staff: Carol Russell, executive administrator; Laura Witmer, assistant administrator

Shows: EWQA Conference & Trade Show, Sept. 19?21, Lancaster, Pa.

Purpose: Training and educational programs to promote professionalism in the industry.

Contact Information: 2045 Rockvale Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602; 717-299-2064.


Pacific Water Quality Association

President: Tracy Strahl

Vice President: Ron Ruef

Secretary/Treasurer: Bob Denne

Other Staff: Debbie Cosper, executive director

Shows: Convention & Trade Show, Oct. 10?14, Palm Springs, Calif.

Number of Members: 200

Purpose: PWQA provides access to services and programs that

will enhance the members? abilities to perform services and sell products. It acts as an avenue for members and the industry to express opinions and relay information while promoting water quality awareness.

Contact Information: 2124 Main St., Suite 110, Huntington Beach, CA 92648; 714-960-2428;


? Political Action, Bob Denne

? Public Relations, Anne Marie Finn

? Government Planning, Ron Ruef

? Technical, Tony Pagliaro

? Education and Convention, Terry Heckman

? Nominating, Bill Wallace

? Government Affairs, Membership and Staff Personnel,

Tracy Strahl

? Newsletter, Dan Robey

? Trade Show, Fred Kuppers


International Bottled Water Association

President: Joseph Doss

Vice Presidents: Carol Kincaid, Cindy Yablonski

Next Convention: 43rd Annual Convention

& Trade Show, "Thirsting for Excellence," Oct. 4?6,

Miami Beach, Fla.

Purpose: IBWA plays an active role at all levels of state and

federal government assisting in the development of stringent regulations for bottled water to ensure the greatest safety possible and high quality of bottled water products.

Contact Information: 1700 Diagonal Rd., Suite 650, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 683-5213;


International Water Association

Executive Director: Anthony Milburn

Membership: Amanda White

Number of Members: Nearly 9,000 in more than 130 countries.

Purpose: To promote best practice and exchange of the latest skills, techniques and knowledge of all aspects of water management. To disseminate this worldwide and engage in advocacy and exchange of ideas with major agencies and to promote public awareness. To provide a means whereby all the different types of organizations and professions in the water sector can exchange information.

Contact Information: Alliance House, 12 Caxton St., London

SW1H 0QS, UK; +44 (0)20 7654 5500; fax: +44 (0)20 7654 5555;


Water Quality Association

President: Patrick Dalee, president of IWW, Inc.

Vice President: C.R. Hall, Wichita Water Conditioning

Secretary: James Baker, AmeriWater

Treasurer: Robert Ruhstorfer, RainSoft Div. of Aquion Partners

Other Staff: Peter Censky, executive director; Joseph Harrison, technical director; Daniel Wyckoff, World Assembly Division director

Shows: 27th Annual WQA Conference & Trade Show, March 27?31, Orlando, Fla.

Number of Members: 2,500

Purpose: The international trade association represents the household, commercial, industrial and small community water treatment industry. It maintains a close dialogue with other organizations representing different aspects of the water industry in order to best serve consumers, government

officials and industry members.

Contact Information: 4151 Naperville Rd., Lisle, IL 60532;



? Commercial/Industrial, Roger Miller, Osmonics

? Convention, James Wakem, Atlantic Filter Corp.

? Educational Services, John Rickert, Lil? John?s

Water Treatment, Inc.

? Member Services, Joanne Grace, Texas WQA

? Science Advisory, Albert Preuss, Aldex Chemical Co.

? Small Systems, William Prior, Kinetico, Inc.

? Public Relations, Tony Pagliaro, Nimbus Water Systems, Inc.

? World Assembly Executive Committee, Charles Poellet,

K Plastics, Inc.

? Awards, John Packard, Culligan Water Conditioning

* Task forces, other boards, sections and subcommittees are not listed.

WQA State Associations

Arizona WQA 480-947-9850

Arkansas WQA 903-792-0871

Colorado WQA 719-384-5231

Florida WQA 863-688-6286

Georgia WQA 706-342-4610

Illinois WQA 708-386-1566

Indiana WQA 317-841-0765

Iowa QWA 515-282-9303

Kansas QWA 316-662-8630

Michigan WQA 517-487-6840

Minnesota WQA 612-754-2123

Missouri WQA 417-882-2732

New Jersey WQA 908-233-4300

New York WQA 914-566-5125

Ohio WQA 419-845-2023

Texas WQA 512-479-0425

Vermont WQA 802-362-4106

Wisconsin WQA 608-286-0766


American Supply Association 312-464-0090;

Canadian Bottled Water Association 905-886-6928

Canadian WQA 416-695-3068;

European Bottled Water Cooler Association

+32 2 743 40 59;

International Car Wash Association 312-321-5199;

International Ozone Association 203-348-3542

National Association of Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors


National Automatic Merchandising Association


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