The donations were made to support the Step Into Swim campaign
Forty-one Accu-Tab Specialists committed to fund local aquatic programs in their communities this year through a cooperative partnership with Axiall Corp. and the nonprofit National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) Step Into Swim campaign. Axiall’s Water Treatment Products business, manufacturers of the Accu-Tab system, and NSPF recently agreed to each donate $5,000, for a total of $10,000, to augment the Accu-Tab Specialists’ pledges.
Conference will focus on strategies for sharing water
Water experts will gather at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), April 23 and 24, 2015, for Water After Borders: Global Stakes, Local Politics, a two-day summit focused on strategies for sharing water across political, geographical and cultural boundaries.
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.
WQP honors 20 water professionals whose work & efforts have helped shape the water quality industry
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.
Director of Communications, Water Quality Assn.
Water professionals examine the past, present and future of the industry
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.
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).
Water treatment companies see returns on investments in sustainability
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.
Potential new regulations & their impact on dealer sales
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
Regulatory & legislative updates from across the U.S.
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.
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.