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Coronavirus Update – Is Water Treatment An Essential Business?

The national Water Quality Association and MWQA are both closely following the information and guidance around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Water Quality Association is working with states, including Minnesota, that have issued Shelter-in-Place directives to their residents.  Water treatment products and services fit within the category of essential services designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are allowed to remain open for business due to their role in safeguarding America’s drinking water.

WQA has also been in contact with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Earlier, WQA issued an open letter emphasizing that member companies’ products and services are “essential” due to their role in safeguarding America’s drinking water. Read the letter here.

MWQA has reached out to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz with a similar letter and documentation from DHS that includes clarification of essential services and identifies water treatment work as essential.  At this point, MWQA is encouraging employees to follow the CDC recommendations and guidelines on the attached checklist.  WQA is recommending that you print a copy of the DHS Essential Services designation and the WQA checklist and give to all employees who remain on the job during this crisis in the event they are questioned. 

2020 Convention Scheduled

MWQA’s annual convention is scheduled for October 7-8, 2020, at the Holiday Inn in Lakeville.  Watch for more info on the event!

2019 Convention Photos

Several people took advantage of the opportunity to take their state license exams at the MWQA annual convention in Alexandria October.  The two-day event featured several informative seminars, a vendor fair, and an opportunity to take exams for many Minnesota licenses.


12717321_1107423542610913_5793635892903432005_nMinnesota’s Latest Plumbing Code

The 2015 Minnesota Plumbing Code, Chapter 4714, took effect Jan. 23, 2016. The code incorporates by reference the 2012 edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code with Minnesota amendments and replaces the old Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4715.

*The detailed version of the Minnesota Plumbing Code linked above is available here for your convenience. However, the Office of the Revisor of Statutes publishes the official codes.

Changes to State License Exams

Testing for Water Conditioning exams now takes place several times throughout the year and at several locations in Minnesota. Tests are no longer given twice a year. Click on the link below to find the exam dates and locations that will work for you. You can also schedule your exam online.

License Exam Application & Scheduling