Healthy H2O Act Introduced in Congress
A WQA-led proposal to offer federal grants for water testing and treatment technology in rural communities was introduced in Congress by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). The Healthy Drinking Water Affordability Act, also known as the Healthy H2O Act, authorizes a new grant program at the United States Department of Agriculture that would cover costs of water quality testing and the purchase and installation of POU/POE water filtration systems certified by an ANSI-accredited body. Funding would go directly to individuals, non-profits, and local governments.
Representatives from the National Ground Water Association, The Water Council, NSF International, IAPMO, the American Supply Association, the Water Systems Council, the Water Well Trust, and the Groundwater Foundation also support the Healthy H2O bill. More information on the bill is available at https://wqa.org/healthyh2O.
Volunteers Sought for New Cross-Correlation Task Force
The WQA Industry Research Committee is seeking volunteers for a new opportunity, the Cross-Correlation Task Force. This task force is being asked to cross-correlate market trends data for the water treatment industry, such as the Consumer Opinion Study, Tank and Valve Report, and relevant external market trends reports.
No experience in market research is needed. For more information or to volunteer, visit wqa.org/volunteer.
WQRF Launches Research Fundraising Campaign
The Water Quality Research Foundation has kicked off the Next Wave Campaign. The campaign will help WQRF fund a five-year research and outreach strategy.
The campaign is co-chaired by Sam Karge, President of North America Water Treatment, A.O. Smith; Judd Larned, President of Culligan Water; Randy Easton, President, US Water Culligan Group; and Jeff Martin, Owner, Martin Water Conditioning.
To learn more about the campaign, visit https://www.wqrf.org/next-wave-campaign.html.
Second Round of Instructor-Led Training for Installers Starts in June
A second round of live instructor-led training for installers kicks off in June. Those who complete the 16-week Zoom course and all associated homework and have at least six months’ experience then will be eligible to take the Certified Installer exam.
WQA instructors Clifford L. Fasnacht, MWS, and Paul Friot, MWS, bring real-world experience in POU/POE water treatment to the course, which is structured to allow for discussion, questions, and sharing of ideas.
Course details and registration information is available at wqa.org/InstallerTraining.