Welcome to Water Quality Committee

Who Are We & What Do We Do
The Water Quality Committee has a broad range of members from the PNWS Section. Some are engineers and consultants; some are researchers, teachers and students involved in academia; and some are operators and utility managers. The one thing in common amongst all members is the shared interest in promoting the goal of providing the highest quality drinking water to the residents of our much loved Pacific Northwest. This happens through training events, sponsoring pre-conference seminars along with other PNWS Committees, and gathering for meetings and facility tours to share our knowledge. No matter which track is taken to address this shared goal, the Water Quality Committee is dedicated to providing high quality educational opportunities to all members of the PNWS Section.

Mission Statement
As a part of the Pacific Northwest Section (PNWS) of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Water Quality Committee seeks to advance and distribute knowledge promoting technology and best practices for the purpose of supplying and distributing the highest quality water for municipal use.
The Water Quality Committee carries out its mission by providing education and training to industry professionals through:

1. PNWS-AWWA Annual Conference technical and pre-conference sessions

2. Sponsorship of the PNWS Best Tasting Water Competition

3. Technical presentations and training at subsection and community short schools

4. Water Quality Committee training sessions throughout the year

5. Facilitating tours of water project / practice sites

Officer Members

Virpi Salo-Zeiman


Confluence Engineering Group


Mia Vijanderan

Vice Chair

Brown and Caldwell


Sophia Petro


Washington State Department of Health


Joel Cary

Board Contact



The Lead and Copper Rule: What’s New and Improving

January 23; 9-2pm

Vancouver Water Resources Center
4600 SE Columbia Way
Vancouver, WA 98661

Or Zoom

$80 Member price includes lunch

In recent years, the EPA has initiated revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) intended to identify and remove lead service lines and ultimately reduce lead in drinking water. This workshop will provide guidance and case studies related to the Revised LCR (LCRR) and soon-to-be-proposed LCR Improvements (LCRI) in a program that is tailored to Pacific Northwest drinking water systems. The workshop will feature presentations on current and proposed regulatory requirements, bench and pilot testing guidance and case studies from Pacific Northwest industry experts, utilities and regulators.

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