WQA Aquatech USA 2013

March 21, 2013

The water treatment world is getting ready to gather in Indianapolis for WQA Aquatech USA 2013. Focused on the point-of-use/point-of-entry industry for the residential, commercial and industrial markets, the tradeshow is scheduled for April 2 to 5 at the Indianapolis Convention Center.

The exhibition portion of the event will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 3, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 4. It will feature hundreds of exhibitors offering new technologies and solutions, as well as education sessions right on the tradeshow floor.

Education sessions, offered through all four days of the event, will follow seven tracks: commercial water treatment, drinking water, emerging/regulatory issues, fundamentals, industrial applications, residential and Water Quality Assn. (WQA) business training. There will be traditional education sessions and lectures, plus panel discussions and hands-on training.

The event also will offer two educational field trips on Tuesday, April 2. The first, at the Indianapolis Zoo, will focus on the water treatment requirements for the zoo’s wildlife, including a walking tour of the exhibits and lunch. The second, a tour of Sun King Brewery, will provide education on the water quality needs of the microbrewery, capped off by a beer sampling. Both field trips require an additional registration fee.

Other features include networking events, including the new Welcome Reception to be held at the NCAA Hall of Champions, certification exams and WQA section meetings.

Be sure to stop by the Water Quality Products booth (#1015) to meet the editorial staff and pick up a copy of the magazine. We look forward to seeing you there!

Events Calendar

With so much to do and see at WQA Aquatech USA 2013, the WQP editorial staff has done some planning for you. The following is a daily schedule of events that includes meetings, special events and education sessions we feel will fit your interests and needs. This schedule is subject to change. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.wqa-aquatech.com.

Tuesday, April 2

10:30 – 11:50 a.m.
Commercial Sizing, Part 1
Learn which questions to ask when sizing a commercial system, then put your skills to the test at the Sun King Brewery Tour Tuesday afternoon.

10:30 – 11:50 a.m.
WQRF Environmental Impact Study – Final Results of Water Softeners Effects on Septic System Performance
This presentation and panel session, led by researcher Dr. John Novak, will present the latest information from the results of this study.

1 – 2:20 p.m.
WQA Issues Update: Technical, Regulatory, Legislative and Marketing
This session will provide a comprehensive overview of current issues for the POU/POE market, including member-driven legislative outreach efforts.

1 – 3:50 p.m.
Water Treatment Walking Tour at the Indianapolis Zoo
Learn about the water quality requirements for the zoo’s wide variety of wildlife. Separate registration fee required; event includes lunch and a walking tour of the exhibits.

1 – 3:50 p.m.
Commercial Water Treatment Sizing at the Sun King Brewery
A follow-up to the Commercial Sizing, Part 1 class, this tour is a chance to learn about the water quality requirements for breweries, as well as sample some of this local microbrewery’s product. Attend the Commercial Sizing, Part 2 class on April 3 to put your new knowledge into action. Separate registration fee required.

4:30 – 6 p.m.
International Section Meeting

Wednesday, April 3

8 – 8:50 a.m.
Industrial Section Meeting

8:30 – 9:20 a.m.
Manufacturer’s Forum
Attend this event to help provide insight on the Final Barrier Initiative, potential collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more. All are welcome.

8:30 – 9:20 a.m.
Does My Company Really Need a Facebook Page?
Learn how to best use social media to increase business success.

9:30 – 11 a.m.
Industry Update/Opening General Session/Keynote
This kickoff event will feature an industry update, an address by the WQA 2012/2013 president, Dar Watts, CWS-V, and the presentation of the WQA Leadership Awards. Keynote speaker Roger Seip will give a presentation entitled “Use Your Time as It is Meant to be Used.”

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Exhibition

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.
Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act: Update – USEPA
Jeffrey Kempic of EPA’s Office of Ground Water & Drinking Water will discuss the new lead content regulations going into effect in January 2014.

1 – 1:25 p.m.
Government Relations Part 1: Helping Elected Officials Work for Us
Learn techniques on how to work with government officials in this tradeshow floor education session led by WQA’s David Loveday.

2 – 2:50 p.m.
Preparing for Industrial Work – Safety Training Needs and Resources
This panel discussion will provide a forum on the common safety training requirements needed when working with commercial or industrial clients.

3:30 – 4:20 p.m.
Commercial Sizing, Part 2

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception: Networking Party at the NCAA Hall of Champions
Test out your basketball skills at this brand new networking event that will also feature interactive exhibits, trivia games and prize drawings. Admission is free with a name badge.

Thursday, April 4

8 – 8:50 a.m.
Non-Ion Exchange Water Treatment – What Does It Cost and What Can It Deliver?
Learn the basics of non-ion exchange treatment technologies, such as magnetic, electromagnetic, electric and other types of systems.

8:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Dealer Section Meeting
This meeting also will include an educational session, “Creating a Valuable/Sellable Business,” followed by a panel discussion.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Exhibition

11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Emerging Technologies  – Electrochemical Water Treatment
As restrictions on traditional water softeners begin to come into effect in some areas of the country, explore three technologies that can provide an alternative.

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.
The Mark of a Professional: Getting, Keeping and Using WQA Professional Certification
Learn about the value of WQA certification, as well how the certification process works.

1:30 – 1:50 p.m.
Installation Best Practices: Wowing the Customer
This session will discuss how one company uses excellent customer service to differentiate itself in the marketplace.

2 – 2:50 p.m.
Overcoming Barriers to POU for Small System Compliance
This panel discussion will cover the obstacles small systems face in implementing POU for compliance under EPA regulations, brought to light by Arizona’s recent implementation of POU for arsenic treatment.

3 – 3:25 p.m.
Exhibiting at Home Shows
Learn how to use home shows to your company’s advantage and turn them into lead-generating tools.

Friday, April 5

8 – 9:30 a.m.
WQA Board of Directors

8 – 11:50 a.m.
Introduction to Water Treatment
This basic overview of water treatment provides a good review for those studying for the CWS-I certification exam.

8 – 11:50 a.m.
Blueprint for Growth: Benchmarking & Team Effectiveness
Learn how the process of benchmarking can help lead your business to increased success.

8 – 11:50 a.m.
Commercial/Industrial RO Workshop
This ever-popular workshop will review the factors and formulas that go into designing RO systems for commercial and industrial applications.

For more information on this subject, contact Water Quality Products at wqpeditor@sgcmail.com.

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