Dec 22, 2014

WQA Co-Hosts Chinese Water Conference

The conference aimed to enhance communication and development of the drinking water treatment industries in China with other countries

China, China Drinking Water Specialists, Water Quality Association, Meeting

In partnership with Chinese media outlet China Drinking Water Specialist (CDWS), the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) co-hosted the 2014 International Drinking Water Development Conference in Shanghai on Nov. 14.

The goal of the conference was to enhance communication and development of the drinking water treatment industry in China with those in other countries. Its content reflected the latest trends and topics in the Chinese drinking water treatment industry, including international expansion, laws and regulations, and research and development.

The conference was attended by 187 people, including representatives of Chinese government agencies and manufacturing companies, as well as WQA members and product certification clients. China's national Ministry of Health, Center of Disease Control, and Environment Institutes also were represented.

"The conference was very helpful in getting an overall view of the global situation [in] regard to water treatment," said Nick Govaert, vice president and general manager of erie water treatment controls of Olen, Belgium. "Regarding China, it definitely gave a better insight [into] how the industry works and what challenges we're still confronted with."

During the event, WQA signed a memorandum of understanding with CDWS, through which the two parties agreed to cooperate on a variety of mutually beneficial projects.