Through a mutual agreement, the Illinois Water Quality Association (IWQA) has become part of the Illinois Association of Groundwater Professionals (IAGP).
was founded in the early 1970s to support the professional growth of its
members and to provide information to consumers. In recent years, the
leadership saw that maintaining an all-volunteer-managed organization would be
impossible to sustain, and began a dialog with the state’s water well association,
After two years of discussion, leaders from both
groups agreed on terms that would provide mutual benefit to both organizations.
membership recognized the value in having an association to provide industry
education, member communications and serve a resource for consumers. IAGP had
an infrastructure that provided those key elements. Individual relationships
between water well contractors and water quality dealers already existed, so it
seemed a reasonable avenue to explore,” states Willard McKinley, owner of
McKinley Water Conditioning and treasurer of the former IWQA..
“Water quality is an
important aspect of the ground water industry, yet many water well drillers and
water well pump installers do not offer the service. Providing a potable and
adequate supply of water isn’t enough for today’s consumers, given the technology
available. The merger is a win-win outcome,” says IAGP president Stephen
Illinois Water Quality Association Merges with Illinois Association of Groundwater Professionals
November 20, 2008