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EU links with US for water treatment

An initiative that would result in the European Water Treatment Association working more closely with the US-based Water Quality Association has been described as “moving ahead extremely positively”.

The intention is to establish mutual objectives that would help to advance the causes of water treatment.

One objective is to introduce training and certification for technicians, installers and sales people to cover technical, regulatory, practical and ethical aspects of supply and service of water treatment equipment for both domestic and commercial applications.

An online system could be available across the EU within three or four years, the statement said.

Due to the number of countries within the EU, there are currently many different education programmes in place and the creation of a single set of qualifications is a main priority.

The initiative also aims to raise awareness of the benefits of water treatment across Europe both parties are currently examining the best methods.

EWTA chairman Mike Pickavance said the Aquatech event in Amsterdam in November would be the next opportunity to take the collaboration to its next level.

He encouraged more companies to join his organisation to add further strength to support the joint venture and further the case of water treatment.