By Ronald Y. Pérez, WC&P Managing Editor

The Eastern Water Quality Association (EWQA) will be holding its annual conference and trade show from Sept. 27-29, at the Harrisburg Holiday Inn East in Harris-burg, Pa. The conference is designed for any individual involved in the water treatment industry.  An educational program with timely topics relevant to the industry will be conducted as well as a trade show for dealers to view new products and services that EWQA’s manufacturer members have to offer. In addition to the annual conference, EWQA is also offering two road shows with educational sessions and exhibits. The first road show will be held on April 20 at the Ramada Inn Geneva Lakefront in Geneva, N.Y. The second road show will be held on June 15 at the Ramada Inn in Hightstown, N.J. All EWQA educational sessions are applied to seat time with the Water Quality Association. For information on EWQA sessions or membership, call (866) 557-5513.

The national Water Quality Association (WQA) has created a new publication with a hefty title—“WQA Guide of International Standards and Regulations for Residential Water Treatment Equipment.” Targeted at manufacturers, the directory will contain basic information needed to start the process of complying with local product, materials and installation requirements in various countries. The following is a list of countries to be included: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, European Union, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United States. In its WQAInterNews, the association admits that most of the information is already located in its files but needs to be updated and reviewed. On Dec. 1, the WQA hired an intern, Svetlana Corr, to complete these tasks. Over the next several months, she’ll be contacting WQA members worldwide to gather information for the publication. Corr can be reached at email:

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released a new brochure, “Bottled Water: Questions and Answers.” This one-page, two-sided fact sheet discusses topics such as sources of bottled water, how it compares with tap water in terms of safety, and how it’s regulated. The brochure is available upon request; up to 50 copies can be requested from MDH. To receive copies, contact Wendy Mielke at (651) 215-0699 or email: The brochure is also available at

In its December 2003 issue of The Florida Flow, the Florida Water Quality Association reported that its members have donated their time and effort in developing a long-awaited website. The site is in its final stages and will include industry events, member information, WQA website links and perhaps links to other related industries. Stay tuned.

The Ohio Water Quality Association (OWQA) upgraded its computer systems to DSL and thus has a new email address (dan310@, said OWQA’s Dan Schlosser. The association will now have the “ability to update member listings, links, news, etc., but not some of the static information,” Schlosser said. The early response and registration to WC&P “Creative Marketing” columnist David Martin’s seminar at the OWQA annual meeting on April 23 has been very encouraging, he added.

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