WQA Convention Offers Robust Educational Lineup

Three days of education sessions — including tracks on emerging contaminants, commercial and industrial applications and other top issues in water treatment — highlight the 2020 WQA Convention and Exposition on April 1-3 in Orlando. Attendees who hold professional certifications through WQA have the opportunity to earn much of the Continuing Professional Development credit they need for recertification during the event.

 “Whether you’re a salesperson, a manufacturer, a small business owner, or serve any other role in the water treatment industry, you’ll find something insightful in our business and technical educational lineup,” said Tanya Lubner, PhD, WQA Professional Certification and Training Director. “We offer tools that can help you start planning your great education experience now for maximum benefit.”

Sessions are led by experts both inside and outside of the water treatment industry, bringing real-world expertise to the classrooms. Some highlights from the technical sessions:

  • Thomas Speth, PhD, PE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Association Director for Science, will discuss point-of-use versus centralized treatment for addressing PFAS.
  • Marc Edwards, PhD, a researcher from Virginia Tech, will speak on the recently completed Emerging Technologies Benchmarking Study.
  • Andrew Zeigler with Waterline Technology will review effects of premise plumbing on the prevalence of Legionella.

 Technical workshops offered the afternoon of the final day of the convention – the Commercial/Industrial RO Sizing Workshop and Introduction to Water Contaminants and Drinking Water Regulations MEP Workshop – each offer the opportunity to earn 0.4 CPD. Additional registration is required.

 Full details are available on the online convention schedule, which is searchable by educational track, date, speaker and CPD offerings.  Registered convention-goers can use their email address and badge number to log in to the schedule and start marking the sessions they plan to attend. Doing so will allow the convention app to provide a personal convention itinerary and even keep track of potential CPD.

 More than 3,000 dealers, manufacturers and consultants attend the annual convention, which this year offers “Vision 20/20” as its theme. The trade show on April 2 and 3 offers the latest products and services in drinking water treatment.

 The Convention’s Opening General Session will feature keynote speaker Simon T. Bailey, plus industry awards and the election of WQA officers. A New Attendee Breakfast, Welcome Reception and committee and section meetings provide networking opportunities. The WQRF 5K Run, Walk, or Relay for Research offers an opportunity to support future industry research.

WQA members can save $50 per person on the convention and $50 per person on the Boot Camp registration fee with advance pricing through Feb. 5. More savings are available on housing: Several hotels with walkways or shuttles to the convention center offer rooms at special WQA block rates to those reserving through March 9.

See wqa.org/convention for full details.

Source: Water Quality Association

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