Like receiving the key to a city, the Key Award recognizes a WQA member for demonstrating the highest qualities of leadership within his or her company, industry and various associations, as well as local, civic, and community activities.
1977 - W. Gordon Miller, Cleanwater Corp. of America, Culligan Water Conditioning - Marlette
1978 - Merrill R. Fie
1979 - Alan L. Reeh, EcoWater Systems
1980 - William B. Fritzsche
1981 - James A. Horner
1982 - Gerald T. Shannon, Gerald Shannon
1984 - Andrew J. Fleckenstein, Fleck Family Foundation
1985 - Thomas M. Uren
1986 - Duane D. Nowlin, Ph.D., Duane D. Nowlin - Consultant
1987 - Knox Williams
1988 - Thomas M. Uren
1989 - Jack Lorenzen, Quality Water Services, Inc.
1990 - Daniel W. McNew
1991 - Alan P. Sayler, Suncoast Water, Inc.
1992 - Irving M. Haug, I.M. Haug Company
1993 - Dick Grace
1993 - Joanne W. Grace
1994 - Fred M. Glines, Marlo, Inc.
1995 - J. Christopher Layton, Chris Layton Water Consulting
1996 - Wes McGowan
1997 - Curtis O. Abendroth, Abendroth Water Conditioning, Inc.
1998 - W. Dennis Gallifent
1999 - John Packard, Culligan Water Conditioning
2000 - Charles M. Couric
2001 - Orville Schaefer, Culligan Water Conditioning
2002 - Gary H. Kruse
2003 - James W. Baker, AMERIWATER, INC.
2004 - Dennis Rupert, Rupert's Culligan Water Conditioning
2005 - John G. Commers, Commers The Water Company
2006 - Rob Anderson, Superior Water & Air
2006 - Mark Lambourne, Superior Water & Air
2007 - C. R. Hall, Wichita Water Conditioning Inc. dba Hall's Culligan Water
2009 - Douglas S. Karge, Pentair Filtration, Inc. - Pentek
2010 - Gary L. Hatch, Ph.D., Hatch Global Consulting Services
2011 - Richard Mest, Master Water Conditioning Corp.
2012 - Jeffrey Hellenbrand, Hellenbrand Water Center
2013 - D. J. Shannahan, Jr., Shannahan Water Co., LLC dba Sharp Water Culligan
2014 - Keith Brown, Kinetico Incorporated
2015 - Cliff Fasnacht, Pacific Purification Inc.
2016 - Scott Clawson, Culligan International Company
2017 - Mike Mitchell, PUR Water Filtration Products (Kaz USA, Inc)
2018 - Michael J. Urbans, Urbans Aqua
2019 - Donald K. McGhee, Hydro Systems Inc.
2020 - Edward P. "Ted" Jones, MWS, Kinetico Corp.