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Association brings attention to U.S. water-related issues, regulations
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) concluded a two-day visit to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to call attention to water-related issues and regulations that impact the water treatment industry. WQA teamed up with the National Groundwater Assn. and the Irrigation Assn. for a Water Resources Congressional Summit before all three groups held separate meetings at Congressional offices.
“The purpose of our visit was to make sure congressmen and senators understand who WQA is and how our industry affects the public,” said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “It’s important that WQA’s voice is heard in Washington, especially during this time of transition with a new administration in the White House.”
The three groups met for a half-day of presentations from a variety of experts on transportation, tax reform and a possible infrastructure bill. Former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, who heads the Gephardt Government Affairs Group that consults with WQA, spoke about the climate in Washington and what he believes will shape the legislative agenda in the coming year.
“I think this was a very successful visit,” said WQA Government Affairs Director David Loveday. “This was our second visit after Flint (the lead crisis in Flint, Mich.). Now, with water issues popping up across the country, there’s a lot of interest here in Washington, and we’ve been very well received.”
Members of WQA joined with staff for approximately 50 visits to Senate and House offices, meeting either with staff or legislators with a message to reach out to WQA when reviewing legislation for drinking water. They also emphasized that the association stands ready to help officials and the public find certified products and certified water treatment professionals across the country.