EPA Administrator Emphasizes Value of Water Treatment in Talk With WQA

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The Water Quality Association’s Board of Directors recently heard from Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a conference call in which Wheeler underscored the value of water treatment during the COVID-19 crisis.

“You’re providing a critical service to the American public, and we want to make sure you have the resources you need to provide that service,” said Wheeler, who reiterated the importance of continued dialogue after hearing the perspectives of several directors during the call.

Wheeler emphasized that his office remains open for business during the COVID-19 crisis, and that action continues on other fronts such as drinking water standards, expanding funding to manage per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), updating the Lead and Copper Rule and a new water reuse action plan designed to accelerate water recycling efforts across the country.

“It was a great call and very informative for our Board,” says incoming WQA President D.J. Shannahan, who was among the directors to address Wheeler. “We appreciate his willingness to listen to our needs while also sharing his priorities for improving the water quality of our nation.”

Board members who are water treatment dealers explained to Wheeler how they are on the front lines helping homeowners, businesses, hospitals, nursing homes, emergency management facilities and critical manufacturing facilities making personal protective equipment and other essential products to combat the further spread of COVID-19. Others discussed the importance of in-home filtration solutions as millions of Americans are under shelter-in-place orders.

Wheeler also recorded a video message for the WQA membership which was played during the association’s annual meeting April 2.

Wheeler also reiterated the EPA’s earlier statement that COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies and, based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low. WQA has posted a variety of resources and helpful information for consumers and its members regarding COVID-19 on the association’s website.


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