By WC&P Staff

The 2022 WQA Convention & Exposition took place in sunny Florida April 6-8. With higher attendance than 2021 and new additions, the convention was the place to be for water treatment professionals.

Before the convention officially began, more than 70 water treatment dealers participated in the WQA Business Boot Camp. This was the fourth boot camp held with a full day of training on how to run a successful water treatment business. The popular RO sizing workshop was also held pre-convention.

At the Opening Session, WQRF President Richard Mest announced the new “Next Wave” WQRF fundraising campaign that has already generated more than $2.1 million. Leadership and achievement awards were given to 13 honorees.
The three-year WQA Strategic Plan was unveiled. Incoming WQA President Jim Stern talked about increasing advocacy as one of the initiatives, “by positively influencing regulation and legislation, continuing to deal with misleading tactics and unethical behaviors, and influencing the adoption of proven industry solutions for advancing public health.”

The keynote speaker, communications and technology expert Dex Hunter-Torricke, spoke about the key technological trends of the next 10-20 years and what they mean for water treatment businesses.

Dozens of educational sessions were held over the three days, including topics such as field ethics, benchmarking data, inflation, water quality for alcoholic brewing, ion exchange, an update on the lead and copper rule, and many more.

The expo was exciting, and traffic was up an estimated 30% from the 2021 expo. In addition to vendors and exhibitors, there were Business Spotlight presentations on the show floor. New in 2022, the Innovation Showcase displayed new products outside the educational sessions. Attendees didn’t let the weather spoil the “Guitars and Tiki Bars” fun at the welcome reception.

Watch the 2022 WQA Convention highlight video at

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See you next year for the 2023 WQA Convention & Exposition April 18-20 in Las Vegas, NV.

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