Dec 02, 2013

ASPE, WQA Partner to Promote Plumbing Industry Water Treatment Standards

Through the partnership, the organizations hope to advance the professions of water treatment & plumbing engineering

Water Quality Association American Society of Plumbing Engineers Standards

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) have signed an agreement to promote and advance three WQA standards for recognition as consensus American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI):

  • WQA/ASPE 1201: Electrochemical Drinking Water Treatment Systems;
  • WQA/ASPE S802: Product Sustainability for Activated Carbon; and
  • WQA/ASPE S803: Product Sustainability for Activated Carbon Water Filtration Systems.

WQA and ASPE wish to advance the professions of water treatment and plumbing engineering while assisting in improving the safety and well-being of the public on a global scale.

As sponsor, ASPE will be responsible for advancing the standards for adoption by ANSI and maintaining the standards according to ANSI accreditation procedures. WQA will provide technical support in the standards development process and recruit WQA members to volunteer for ASPE’s standards-related committees.

“Much like the plumbing and water treatment systems inside a building, the members that ASPE and WQA represent are interconnected,” said Tom Palkon, WQA vice president and COO. “We believe that this agreement with ASPE will lead to a strong ongoing partnership between our organizations, and we are excited about the prospects of what we can accomplish together.”

In addition to these standards, the organizations plan to collaborate on other projects, including the promotion of sustainable water treatment solutions, the development of new joint WQA/ASPE standards related to water treatment and plumbing engineering and the creation of mutually beneficial educational and professional certification programs.

“When we first heard about this opportunity to partner with WQA on standards-related projects, I immediately considered ASPE a perfect fit, due to both organizations’ independence and experience in professional education, standards development, and certification,” said ASPE Executive Director and CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE. “WQA’s expertise in water treatment will help ASPE expand its scope of offerings to the plumbing community, ultimately benefitting both organizations through increased exposure and market share.”