Water Sciences Committee

The Water Sciences Committee contributes to the development of key informational documents that the association uses to inform members, regulatory officials and the public such as:

Getting Smart with Reverse Osmosis Systems;
Getting Smart with Softeners & Reverse Osmosis Systems;
Updates to the WQA Glossary of Terms;
Technical Fact Sheets for members; and 
Other technical documents.

The Water Sciences Committee helps to guide and provide input on research projects which are funded through the WQA, or funded through the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF). For example through the WQRF Septic Study, which was performed by Virginia Tech, we were able to demonstrate that sending regeneration waste from an efficiently operated softener to a septic system actually improves performance of the septic system. 

Watch a video replay of the Water Sciences Committee meeting held online during the 2018 Mid-Year Leadership Conference. Watch here (requires Member log-in).

Committee Charges: 

  1. Manages the technical and scientific tasks of WQA.
  2. Works with the Government Affairs Committees to reach consensus on technical issues that emerge from regulatory or legislative actions.
  3. Provides advice to the Water Quality Research Foundation.
  4. Provides semi-annual reports to the Board of Directors.

What We Are Looking For: 

  • Product engineers and design experts
  • Water treatment dealers experienced in dealing with local water quality issues
  • Other professionals with an understanding of the technical and scientific challenges faced by our industry.

    This committee seeks expertise covering all the various treatment technologies (e.g., filtration, RO, softeners, UV, etc.) and expertise covering all market sectors (commercial, industrial, residential). A working knowledge of regulatory and code requirements will be useful since this committee may be asked to work in close collaboration with the WQA Government & Regulatory Affairs department on legislative issues. A passion for keeping up with the latest research, and even advancing that research, is important since this committee supports most of the WQA and WQRF research activities. Key skills for members of this committee include problem solving, technical writing, and long term thinking grounded with a sound understanding of the business and economic needs of our industry.

Staff Liaison: Technical Affairs Director Eric Yeggy

A call for volunteers is issued each January.


NameRoleCompany
Frank A. Brigano, PhDBOD LiaisonKX Technologies LLC
Richard H. CookChairpersonUnknown Company
Andrew E. Fenwick, PhDMember - 1st TermJacobi Carbons, Inc.
John T. GriesbachMember - 1st TermDiamond H2O Water Conditioning Griesbach Corporation
Mark J. BrotmanMember - 1st TermKinetico Incorporated
Cindy GreshamMember - 1st TermThermax Inc.
Andrew KrauseMember - 1st TermGE Appliances
Charles F. MichaudMember - 2nd TermSystematix Co.
Thomas G. CondonMember - 2nd TermDS Services of America, Inc.
Mark UngerMember - 2nd TermParagon Water Systems
Arvind S. PatilMember - 2nd TermRicura Water Technology, LLC
Gary L. Hatch, PhDMember - 2nd TermHatch Global Consulting Services
Regu P. Regunathan, PhDNon-Voting MemberReguNathan & Associates
John SmithNon-Voting MemberKinetico Incorporated
William MaleniusNon-Voting MemberS2 Equipment, LLC
Aaron CypherNon-Voting MemberParker Hannifin Corporation
Neil WatsonNon-Voting MemberADEY
Rebecca M. TallonNon-Voting MemberA.O. Smith Corporation
Andrew LombardoNon-Voting MemberAquaGuidance, Inc.
William S. SiegmundNon-Voting MemberPure Water Works, Inc.
Joseph B. WolffNon-Voting MemberElkay Manufacturing Co.
Kristina LaszloNon-Voting MemberNSF International
Margaret BickingNon-Voting MemberEcoWater Systems LLC
Mikhail StarostinNon-Voting MemberKeurig Green Mountain
Scott ZieglerNon-Voting MemberClack Corporation
Rachel BishopNon-Voting MemberKinetico Incorporated
Joshua Mertz, PhDNon-Voting MemberGraver Technologies LLC
Kirtipal Barse, PhD, PENon-Voting MemberJacobi Carbons, Inc.
Erika ButturiniNon-Voting MemberLaica S.p.a.
Justin A. MestNon-Voting MemberMaster Water Conditioning Corp.