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Water Quality Association Goes to Washington

In two days of meetings, SEAS president Darwin Watts engaged Congressional members on global water quality concerns.

Darwin Watts, the president of SEAS Capital Partners, discussed water quality issues with U.S. Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for two days earlier this month.

Darwin Watts meets with Congressional representativesThe meetings were held on behalf of the Water Quality Association (WQA;  Watts, a 35-year veteran of the water treatment industry, recently completed a one-year term as WQA president. He continues to serve as an advisor to the association’s board of directors.
Watts and the Congressional members discussed global concerns with water sustainability and contamination, the importance of protecting water resources, and water issues related to public health. Specific topics included the state of water quality infrastructure, dangers from lead and arsenic contamination in water sources, and weighing the energy development benefits of the hydraulic fracking process against the potential risks to water quality.

Darwin Watts meets with Congressional representativesWatts emphasized the importance of certified water treatment systems and their application by certified technical staff. In total, 15 meetings were held. They created a positive environment for discussion and sharing knowledge, beginning a long-term dialogue for solving future water quality issues.

In his term as WQA president, Watts led the recent growth of this international industry member organization, headquartered in Lisle, IL.

The Water Quality Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry worldwide. WQA maintains a close dialogue with other organizations focused on different aspects of the water industry to best serve consumers, government officials, and industry members. Learn more at