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Although WQP’s history goes back just 20 years, the water quality industry has a rich history that reaches back a lot further. WQP is pleased to recognize the following 20 Industry Icons, whose work — whether in the past or ongoing — has helped make our industry what it is today.

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WQP honors 20 water professionals whose work & efforts have helped shape the water quality industry

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March 10, 2015
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From Storied Past to Promising Future

The water quality industry has a rich history, and the key to its success is to use that past to inform the future. As we reflect on the past 20 years and look ahead to the next 20 years—or more—to come, WQP asked industry experts representing associations, manufacturers and certification bodies to share their thoughts on the past, present and future of their organizations and our industry.

Larry Deutsch
Director of Communications, Water Quality Assn.
ldeutsch@wqa.org 
630.505.0160

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Water professionals examine the past, present and future of the industry

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March 10, 2015
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March 10, 2015
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As Time Goes On

Time flies when you’re having fun — this statement only seems to become more true the older I get. It’s hard to believe it has been nearly five years since I started working for WQP and immersing myself in the water industry. 

In those five short years, there has never been a dull moment — I have met interesting people from every walk of the water treatment industry life, seen new and innovative technologies and witnessed regulations and standards change and evolve.

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March 10, 2015
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March 10, 2015
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Sustainable Success

There is a misperception among some in the business world that a company cannot be both cost conscious and environmentally conscious. A new wave of companies, including outdoor apparel retailer Patagonia and craft brewery New Belgium Brewing, however, are shattering the old notion that profitability and sustainability are mutually exclusive. The same movement is taking hold in the water treatment industry, according to Stuart Mann, sustainability certification supervisor for the Water Quality Assn. (WQA).

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Water treatment companies see returns on investments in sustainability

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Larry Deutsch is director of communications for the Water Quality Assn. Deutsch can be reached at ldeutsch@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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March 5, 2015
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A New Era for Financing

Access to consumer financing is critical to many water treatment dealers’ success. The ability to use promotional offers and sell on monthly payments helps close sales and makes purchases affordable for customers. If access to consumer financing options is limited—as it was in 2008 and 2009 during the financial downturn, when many consumer finance companies limited or eliminated programs—the industry suffers. 

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Potential new regulations & their impact on dealer sales

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Andrea McCullion is senior vice president, sales and marketing for Foundation Finance Co. McCullion can be reached at amccullion@foundationfinance.com or 855.241.0243.

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March 5, 2015
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Regulations Coast to Coast

Regulations—at federal, state and local levels—have the potential to deeply affect the water quality industry. In addition to the national Water Quality Assn., regional and state associations work to stay ahead of changes and coordinate with legislators to advocate for the industry. WQP asked three of these organizations—the Eastern, Minnesota and Pacific Water Quality Assns.—to provide their latest updates on the regulatory and legislative fronts.

Facts Over Emotions

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Regulatory & legislative updates from across the U.S.

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Dean Srygley is executive director of the Eastern Water Quality Assn. Srygley can be reached at ewqa12@verizon.net or 302.730.3019.

Mike Herman, CWS-I, is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Driessen Water Inc. and president of the Minnesota Water Quality Assn. Herman can be reached at mikeh@ultrapure.com or 507.581.5825.

Clifford L. Fasnacht, CWS-VI, is president of Pacific Purification Inc. and president of the Pacific Water Quality Assn. Fasnacht can be reached at sales@pacificpurification.com or 800.950.5432.

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March 5, 2015
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Taking Water to Vegas

WQA Aquatech USA 2015, one of the industry’s biggest events of the year, will kick off on April 21 in Las Vegas. Always a good opportunity for networking, education and learning about the latest products and services, this year’s event will include new features and the chance to attend related industry trade shows. WQP Managing Editor Kate Cline checked in with Water Quality Assn.

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Larry Deutsch is director of communications for the Water Quality Assn. For more information about the trade show, contact WQA at convention@wqa.org.

Kate Cline is managing editor of WQP. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com.

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March 5, 2015
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WaterTAP Board to Launch Search for CEO

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WaterTAP
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Dr. Brian Mergelas completes term as CEO

The Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) will begin a formal search for a new CEO this March.

“The person selected for this role will be responsible for building upon WaterTAP’s success, as well as enhancing and implementing the organization's strategic plan to achieve our next stage of growth,” said Kenneth A. Morrison, WaterTAP chair.

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March 4, 2015

BREW Seeks Applicants for Next Round of Seed Funding

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The Water Council
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Up to eight winners will be selected by June 23 to participate in Round III beginning in September

The BREW, a place-based global seed accelerator for water technology startups led by the Water Council, is launching Round III of the program. The application process opens March 1 at 8 a.m. CST and will accept applications from around the world through March 31 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. Up to eight winners will be selected by June 23 to participate in Round III beginning in September.

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February 27, 2015

Sustainable Management Standard Receives ANSI Approval

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Water Quality Assn.
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WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801 is a prerequisite for certification to two WQA sustainability-related product standards

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) announced that the standard now known as WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801: Sustainable Management has been officially accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard.

WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801 is a standard that evaluates a company’s governance and management practices, relative to sustainability, at the corporate and production facility levels. It focuses on the following core attributes:

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February 26, 2015