Mar 28, 2017

WQA Shares Highlights of Convention & Exposition

Water treatment professionals to gather in Orlando, Fla., March 28 to 31

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The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) shared highlights of its 2017 Convention & Exposition, which is held March 28 to 31 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. This year’s convention features the release of a new national public opinion survey on water concerns, as well as education sessions that address everything from new technology to how members can join the discussion on social media.

“This is without a doubt our Super Bowl,” said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “We all come together from around the country and the world to see and hear the latest trends in water treatment products and services and how we can continue to have a growing impact for the betterment of water quality.”

Among the highlights of the week is the release of WQA’s biannual national public survey of consumer’s opinions and perceptions about water quality. The survey will examine what issues cause Americans to worry about the water in their homes and businesses, the satisfaction with the quality of their water, and the level of awareness of how to address their concerns.

The Opening General Session Wednesday, March 29, 9 to 10:30 a.m. ET, will include a roundtable discussion with former U.S. House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt. Gephardt, who heads the Gephardt Group which handles WQA's governmental affairs in Washington, will discuss the mood in the nation’s capital and the issues he believes will be addressed in the coming year.

The WQA Convention & Exposition connects the drinking water treatment industry's technologies, education, training, networking and business opportunities with industry professionals in one convenient location. Attendees will be able to learn from a variety of experts and industry professionals on such topics as “The Connected Home,” which features a panel discussion about how the Internet of Things affects water treatment devices. Other subjects include lead issues and filter certification thresholds, overcoming hurdles to installing lead treatment in schools, social media and media training, reacting to contaminant outbreaks, and water treatment for food service.

“These sessions give our members a unique opportunity to connect to others within the industry and further the conversation about the challenges they face throughout the year,” Undesser said.

Approximately 240 exhibitors will fill the exposition floor to showcase their products and services. A full list of exhibitors and presenters can be found at WQA’s convention website. In addition, two public certification examination sessions (Wednesday, March 29, 1 to 4 p.m., and Friday, March 31, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) will be offered for attendees trying to earn their certification as a water treatment professional.