Volume 45 Number 2
Viewpoint: 2002—A Year of Challenges and Progress
As I look back on my term as Water Quality Association (WQA) president, I’m filled with a great sense of optimism and accomplishment. We achieved so much in 2002 and there’s so much to look forward to in 2003.
Our industry is at the forefront of providing one of life’s most basic necessities—quality water for drinking, cooking, bathing, washing and other household needs as well as for use in light commercial and industrial applications. With a finite supply of water and almost limitless demand, the need for our products, knowledge and leadership continues to grow.
In 2002, we continued to work with government, members and the public to enhance our industry’s reputation and ensure regulations are practical and based on sound science. Some highlights include:
For more information on these issues and many others, visit www.wqa.org.
As our industry continues to evolve, WQA and its membership will change with it. WQA is the natural forum for the entire industry to discuss common issues, formulate positions and speak with a strong, unified voice. The battles of the future are just too large to fight alone. We’re all in it together—bottled water, commercial, industrial, household and community water systems. The broader the base, the louder our voice.
WQA has always relied on an active membership to move its agenda forward. Many of us are business competitors, but we come together for the good of the industry. That’s something in which we should take pride and endeavor to preserve. WQA is only as good as the members who give it their time and effort. It’s a responsibility everyone in the industry must share.
This past year has been such an honor and a pleasure for me. I’ve enjoyed working with the phenomenal staff at WQA and its members, especially those who participated on committees and boards. When you see firsthand how much energy and experience WQA is marshaling for our cause, you can’t help but feel optimistic.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as WQA president. It’s an experience that has reinforced my belief in our industry and what we can accomplish together. I look forward to seeing you at the conference in Las Vegas next month. I think you’ll leave it as excited as I am about the tremendous potential of our industry and the WQA.