Tuesday, October 3, 2017

TWQA Publishes New Technical Aids

As part of our ongoing effort to provide tools and assistance to Texas water quality providers and consumers, TWQA has incorporated two new features in our internet presence.

A permanent 'Disaster Recovery' link has been added to the front page of the TWQA website (https://twqa.org). This link provides all visitors with critical information regarding the steps to take when recovering from hurricanes and other flooding-related natural disasters.

In addition, TWQA has set up a technical assistance email, techissues@twqa.org, that can be used by member- and non-member providers, and the general public, when they are facing water quality-related issues and need additional assistance.

When asked about the purpose of the new email, Daina Grace, TWQA Executive Director, replied:

"We want TWQA to be the go-to site for individuals needing assistance regarding water-related issues. The new technical assistance email provides an additional avenue for getting that assistance."

For questions about this article, contact TWQA by email or phone (361.573-6707).

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Post-Harvey, Extent of Water Contamination Still Unknown

News agencies continue to issues warnings about possible water contamination along the Texas-Louisiana coast. According the the Texas Tribune on September 8 2017,
"Government agencies and scientists are still trying to get a handle on what exactly is percolating in lingering floodwaters — and who might be most impacted." ...
"At least 168 water systems across the state impacted by Harvey still have boil-water notices, including the system in Beaumont, and 50 are shut down, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality." ...
"Public health officials are also imploring unregulated private well owners to assume their water source is compromised, decontaminate it and then take a water sample to ensure quality."
TWQA is committed to assisting Texas water quality industry as we address ongoing water safety concerns. If you are a water quality professional in Texas, Louisiana or any affected area, visit our web site, https://twqa.org to find links to resources that can help you meet your customers' needs.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

TWQA's Website Provides Harvey Recovery Links

Hurricane Harvey
TWQA's website now includes essential links to help you recover from Hurricane Harvey. Links include tips for dealing with wells and boil water alerts, links to the American Red Cross for those who can help, and links to national Water Quality Association resources that enable consumers and industry professionals to get answers to hurricane- and flooding-related questions.

Like many of our neighbors, our offices have been impacted by the hurricane. Email is working, however, and you can reach us by contacting Daina Grace, TWQA Executive Director, at twqadirector@twqa.org.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Register Now for the 2017 President's Dove & Hog Hunt

Don't miss an opportunity to catch up on the latest industry and Association developments at the 2017 President's Outing, a dove & hog hunt near Poth, TX! This year's outing takes place from September 22-24 at the Denson and Bauer ranches. Good food and outdoor activities will be combined with industry insights and opportunities to discuss issues with some of the Texas water quality industry's leading representatives.

Make your plans to join us today! Visit the TWQA Website or download the registration form and email or fax it to Daina Grace, TWQA Executive Director, at 361-573-6708.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

TWQA President Featured on WQA Radio

WQA Radio #35, Tyler Stenseng

Representatives from WQA Radio attended the 44th Annual TWQA Convention & Exposition, and spent some time with Tyler Stenseng, TWQA's new president.

Take a few minutes and listen to Tyler's insights on the challenges and future of the Texas Water Quality industry and his new role with the Association.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the image to the right or on the following SoundCloud link.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Early Registration Deadline Extended for 2017 Annual Convention

Are you planning to attend the 2017 TWQA Convention and Exposition in San Antonio? You're in luck! The pre-registration deadline was extended to July 7. Make your plans today and save by taking advantage of early registration prices on convention and training activities.

You can register online on the TWQA website, or download any of the registration packets and send them to the TWQA Executive Director by email, or fax at 361.573-6708.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

TWQA Adds Supplier Offerings to Website

TWQA is pleased to announce a new member benefit. Over the last weeks, TWQA staff have worked to implement a new feature on the TWQA website. Supplier members can now provide a short description of their primary offerings, making it much easier for dealers to find suppliers that can provide critical products and services.

TWQA added this feature in recognition of the important role our supplier members make to the Association and to the water quality industry. New dealers, using only a list of company names and contacts, often find it difficult to find suppliers that offer specific products and services. New suppliers find it difficult to differentiate their offerings.

Adding a short offering description solves both challenges. Supplier offerings appear in the Supplier Members list that can be accessed from the Hot Spots section of the TWQA home page. Offerings also appear in the 'Thank You' banners of the News and Events sections that appear on website.

The 'Primary Offering' field is now part of the supplier Company Profile (accessible from the 'My Company' button on the Member Tools page). Active members can either update their offerings themselves, or forward a short description to the TWQA offices.

If you have questions about this article, or would like to provide a short description of your primary offerings, please contact Daina Grace, TWQA Executive Director, by email or phone at 361.573-6707.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Be Sure to Register for Your WTS Exam!


Please be advised that individuals who want to take a WTS exam on July 26, 2017, at the TWQA Convention in San Antonio must have their paperwork completed, submitted and received by the TCEQ no later than MONDAY, June 26, 2017.


REGISTER NOW AT www.tceq.texas.gov

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TWQA Calls Attention to Door-to-Door Scams

The Texas Water Quality Association (TWQA) is calling attention to individuals claiming to be employees of TWQA going door-to-door passing themselves off as water inspectors, offering to test homeowner’s drinking water, or using scare tactics to sell water treatment devices.

TWQA Executive Director Daina Grace stated that “the Texas Water Quality Association does not solicit door-to-door, period.  The Association represents the water quality industry and does not sell products or solicit to test water for the public.  TWQA has a strict code of ethics for companies that join the Association.  We do not condone misrepresentation as TWQA or the use of scare tactics to generate business.”

You can find water treatment professionals who have committed to abide by the TWQA Code of Ethics by going to www.twqa.org and click on Find a Dealer. 

Please feel free to contact the TWQA office at 361-573-6707 or by email at twqadirector@twqa.org if you have any questions or concerns.  

Monday, May 8, 2017

TWQA Publishes Online Membership Renewals!

TWQA is pleased to announce that memberships can now be renewed online. Current members will receive reminders when their memberships are about to expire. The reminders will contain a link members can use to renew their membership and retain all member benefits. Members can also visit the 'Member Tools and Specials' section of the website and use the 'Renew Membership' button.

Do you have questions about your membership? Contact Daina Grace, TWQA Executive Director by email or phone at 361.573-6707.

Website Maintenance

The TWQA website will be down for maintenance starting at 7:00PM (central) and will be available no later than 11:00PM (central) on Monday, May 8, 2017. In addition to typical maintenance and upkeep, the changes will include online renewals for current members.

Questions about the changes may be forwarded to TWQA Technical Support at techcontact@twqa.org.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

TWQA Opens Registration for the 44th Annual Convention & Exposition

Registration is now open for the 44th Annual TWQA Convention and Exposition, July 23-26, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

Don't Miss Your ... RIVER OF OPPORTUNITY! Learn about new technologies and business strategies from industry experts in formal and informal settings. Register for training to keep your Water Treatment Specialist license current. Help shape the direction of the Texas water quality industry. Convention events include activities for the entire family.

Make your plans today! Register online on the TWQA website, or download and complete any of the Registration Packets and email it to the TWQA Executive director (twqadirector@twqa.org) or fax it to 361.573-6708.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

TCEQ Approves WQA Convention & Exposition Training

Do you still need hours to maintain your Water Treatment Specialist license? TCEQ has reviewed and approved the 2017 WQA Convention training schedule. Licensees who attend the approved sessions, in their entirety, can quality for up to 10.5 credit hours towards license renewal.

Simply register for the WQA Convention & Exposition, March 28-31 in Orlando, attend any of the approved training sessions, fill out the Technical Session form (available on the TWQA website) , and return the completed form to the TWQA Executive Director by April 14, 2017.

Don't forget to have the WQA course monitor sign your form for each class you attend!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Register today for the 2017 WQA Convention & Exposition

TWQA will be at the WQA Convention and Exposition in Orlando, Florida from March 28-31. Join us and learn practical solutions and innovative strategies from industry experts. Discover new technologies, products and distributors. Connect with colleagues who tackle your challenges every day.
Register now, at www.wqa.org/convention/Register, and don't forget to visit us at booth #1435.

Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 Jo Grace TWQA Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

TWQA is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 Jo Grace TWQA Scholarship are now being accepted. This scholarship is available to a child or legal dependent of any current TWQA member, including Supplier members, or their employees. The applicant must be a full-time student of an accredited college, university or trade school.

Applications for this year's scholarship will be accepted from January 15 through March 1 2017.

Applications are available from the San Angelo Area Foundation.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the TWQA office by phone (361.573-6707) or email (twqadirector@twqa.org).


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January Math Class Cancelled

Individuals hoping to take the Basic and Advanced Math Class on Wednesday, January 11 in San Marcos may have to wait until the annual convention and exposition in July. According to Daina Grace, TWQA Executive Director, the Association did not receive enough registrations to offer the class.

In related news, TCEQ is able to proctor exams during the January training. Individuals wishing to sit for an exam must contact the association by email (twqadirector@twqa.org) or phone at 361.573-6707 no later than Thursday, January 12 at 12:00 noon.