Aug 07, 2020

Industry News: 8/7/20

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2020 Virtual BBQ Lunch & Legislative Update

The Pacific Water Quality Association will be holding the 2020 Virtual BBQ Lunch & Legislative Update Aug. 20, 2020 from 12-1 PM PT.

The free virtual lunch session using Zoom will be co-hosted by PWQA President Greg Reyneke and Vice President Irma Bishop. 

Industry members will gain valuable insight from the following distinguished speakers, according to the press release:

  • David Loveday, WQA Government Affairs Director
  • Randy Pollack, Lobbyist, Churchwell White LLP
  • And, a special guest legislator, Senator Bill Dodd

Learn more and RSVP here to receive meeting instructions!

Joseph Cotruvo, Ph.D., BCES, Earns 2020 Environmental Health Award From NSF International & NEHA

NSF International and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) presented Joseph Cotruvo, Ph.D., BCES, with the 2020 Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award. 

Dr. Cotruvo received the award at the virtual 2020 NEHA Annual Education Conference, in recognition of more than 45 years of dedicated service to environmental and public health through leadership, collaboration and consensus national standards development, according to the press release.

“I am truly honored and humbled to have been selected to receive the 2020 Walter F. Snyder Award,” said Dr. Cotruvo. “Our country’s overall public health status has significantly improved over time, but novel issues continue to arise that challenge health professionals’ ability to reduce societal health risks. I feel our essential role as environmental and public health professionals is at least partly to assure that the issues are properly prioritized and addressed by science and facts. One of our essential roles is to communicate those facts to help galvanize public support to solve the problems that need solving.”

For more information about Walter F. Snyder Award or to nominate a colleague for next year’s award, visit NSF International’s website.

Plumbing Manufacturers International Legislative Forum Delivers Insights 

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) delivered important insights to its members on federal infrastructure legislation and critical housing and trade issues during its PMI Virtual Legislative Forum. 

“Our members gained access to valuable information from experts with remarkable knowledge and insights into issues affecting our industry,” said Kerry Stackpole, PMI CEO/executive director. “PMI members who could not attend will still have access to the forum’s recording and presentations, as well as to materials they can use to advocate on behalf of their companies to members of Congress.”

The two-hour forum was divided into four sessions. Read more about the forums and see the full press release here

Water Council Announces Winners of 2020 Spring Tech Challenge

The Water Council today announced the winners of the 2020 spring Tech Challenge. Launched three years ago, Tech Challenge accelerates the path to commercialization through an open innovation contest designed to connect program sponsors to those with novel solutions for emerging freshwater technologies.

The spring 2020 challenge, which ran from Apr. 2 to May 3, sought water technology solutions for energy harvesting and leak detection. Of the 20 applications submitted from seven countries, the following two standout winners were selected by the program sponsors and each was awarded $10,000:

For full details, the full press release is available here.

WQA Calls Attention to Door-to-Door Solicitations

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is calling attention to door-to-door solicitations in California in which a salesperson falsely claims professional certification through WQA, according to the press release

“Our highly regarded certification titles are awarded only to professionals who have completed rigorous coursework, passed a comprehensive exam and agreed to abide by WQA’s Code of Ethics,” said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser. "It is infuriating to see someone use our Professional Certification marks in an attempt to defraud consumers.”

Two homeowners in Merced, California sent WQA photographs of a badge worn by the door-to-door salesperson that identified him as a “water analyst” and contained WQA’s Certified Water Specialist logo. The person identified on the badge is not a WQA member and is not certified through WQA. 

Networking News

  • Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, announced it has appointed Sandra Rowland as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective Oct. 1, 2020, reporting to Xylem President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Decker. Rowland will succeed Mark Rajkowski, who will retire from the company at the end of the year, according to the press release.
  • Nelsen Corporation announced the completion of construction of its new distribution and warehouse facility, 14035 W. El Cielo, Goodyear, Arizona. 
  • Argonide is pleased to announce the addition of Gary Battenberg to the team. He will serve as a Senior Business Development Manager.