Call for volunteers
WQA members, would you like to be more involved in the water treatment industry: Volunteer for a seat on a WQA advisory council, membership section or committee. The annual Call for Volunteers – including the opportunity to join a brand-new group working to improve the industry’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts – is open through February 5. The DEI Advisory Council is being formed to advise members and member companies on diversity, equity and inclusion in the workforce and to help build a welcoming environment for new professionals from marginalized groups to enter the industry and get involved.
In all, WQA has three advisory councils, nine committees and five membership sections looking for new members. Visit this link to learn more about how you can have your voice heard, share your expertise and take part in WQA leadership.
WQRF funds 1st phase of emerging contaminants research
The Water Quality Research Foundation has awarded funding for Phase 1 of an emerging contaminants research project to Dr. Marcia Silva and Dr. Sakib Mahmud of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The objective of phase 1 is to study consumer awareness of emerging contaminants and what messages motivate a decision to treat their water.
“To study messaging is a new area for WQRF but not uncommon in the public health field,” said Kim Redden, WQRF Foundation Relations and Research Manager. “Many researchers study how different communications methods influence health behaviors. This type of research helps the public health field decide what communication channels will be most successful for the desired health outcome – in this case, to install water treatment.”
Research objectives are:
- To understand which emerging contaminants are known by consumers, breaking them down by US geographic region and demographic group
- To examine consumer awareness of POU and POE water treatment and how these products can reduce the concentration of emerging contaminants
- To understand through statistical analysis what types of messaging have significant influence on a consumer’s decision to treat their water.
Phase I research began in January and is to be completed by September. Researchers will conduct a comprehensive online consumer survey of 2,400 households that is representative of the US population across all 50 states using stratified random sampling method to address the research questions.
Results will be reviewed, with input from state and local authorities and the American Water Works Association, to identify and prioritize the Phase 2 treatment efficacy study. Phase 2 priorities will be studying emerging contaminants of highest concern that are not being removed from treatment plants and without existing known POU/POE technology or certification standards to validate removal.