The MWQA can provide information about water quality treatment types, explain how different systems work, and offer resources for those seeking alternatives to convention water treatment. There are several links to printed resources and other website available on our site. Be sure to check out the directory of MWQA members.
If you are a consumer looking to purchase a water conditioning system, make sure you utilize a licensed, bonded professional; utilize MWQA members when making your purchase or rental decision. Our members abide by a Code of Ethics promoted by the national Water Quality Association and are here to help you with your decision.
What are the advantages of choosing an MWQA member?
A professional who is certified by the National WQA or has had ample experience in the industry. WQA has several certification levels and opportunities.
Has a contractor’s license, a city business license, and is licensed by the State as a Water Conditioning professional (Master or Journeyworker), or licensed plumber.
Is usually a part of the local business community with memberships in such organizations as the Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau
Is a member in good standing with the Minnesota Water Quality Association (MWQA) and in most cases also the national Water Quality Association (WQA)
Can provide you with product warranty information
Can provide the means to determine that your equipment is operating properly
Will provide instructions on the care of your equipment and how to maintain the unit
Find a list of MWQA members in good standing by clicking here. For questions or clarifications please feel free to consult an Officer and/or Board Of Directors member.
Is your softener nearing retirement? Why it matters to the environment!
Just exactly what is chloride, and why does it matter? Find out here!
MWQA is partnering with various governmental agencies to help get the word out about optimizing softeners to reduce chloride discharge. If you have a time-clock type softener that regenerates on a set schedule, talk to your water treatment dealer about upgrading to an on-demand softener that only regenerates when necessary. You will save money in both water and salt costs! Some communities are partnering with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to offer free optimization service calls, and may also offer reduced rates for installation of new units. Contact the MWQA if you have questions about softener optimization and which communities are participating in these programs.
Manganese and Iron Removal Using Softeners
According to a website published by the Penn State Extension’s College of Agricultural Sciences, “conventional water softeners are sometimes effective for removing iron and small amounts of manganese. Water softeners are typically used to remove calcium and magnesium hardness in water by an exchange process. The calcium and magnesium are removed from the water and sodium is added in their place. Iron and manganese removal is accomplished in the same way by exchanging the iron and manganese for sodium. The iron and manganese are then removed from the softener resin bed through backwashing and regeneration.” Read more about manganese removal here.