57th Convention
and Trade Show


Town and Country Resort and Convention Center
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108

  • Networking
  • Banquet Dinner
  • Industry Update
  • Industry Awards
  • Golf Tournament
  • Helicopter Ball Drop
  • Educational Seminars
  • Casino Night Reception
  • WQA CWS Test Preparation Course*
  • WQA Modular Education Program (MEP): Getting Started & Basics Badge 1A*

    *Registration for WQA events is independent of convention registration.

Convention and Trade Show Overview

Hotel Accommodations

Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA  92108

In Mission Valley, the heart of San Diego, The Town and Country offers luxurious accommodations and countless amenities. When you stay at the Town and Country Resort, you’ll feel more like an honored guest than a visitor. The Town and Country Resort room accommodations include a variety of in-room amenities: coffee makers, remote control TV with cable movie channels, in-room pay movies, voice mail, telephone with message light, high speed internet access (nominal fee), video account review and check-out, Individual climate control, electronic door locks with automatic deadbolt, full bath amenities, turndown available on request, iron, ironing boards, AM/FM alarm clock radio, hair dryer, free weekday newspaper and room service (6:00 a.m. – midnight)

Using the accommodations link provided by PWQA you will be offered a reduced rate of $139 plus tax per night. Room rates are subject to group room block availability and the cut-off date is September 5th.


Hotel and Airport Shuttle Service

The Town and Country Resort works with Super Shuttle. At a rate of $11 you can pick up Super Shuttle outside of baggage claim at the San Diego Airport and be driven to the Town and Country Resort. A reservation is necessary for a return trip to the airport. Super Shuttle reservations can be made by calling 800-258-3826 or you can book online at http://www.supershuttle.com.

Hotel Parking

PWQA has negotiated a discounted rate of $5 per car per day for overnight guests.

Points of Interest in San Diego

World Famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, San Diego Wild Animal Park, Old Town, Beautiful Beaches and Bays, La Jolla Gaslamp District, LegoLand, Qualcomm Stadium (SDSU Aztecs & Chargers) PETCO Park (Padres), Balboa Park, National Monument, Miramar Marine Corp Air Station, Fashion Valley Shopping Mall.

Educational Seminars

Each seminar is eligible for 0.1 CPD & Paid registration is required.

The educational platform for this convention has been developed around  “sustainability.”

Nothing could be more timely and appropriate than to be well informed on the “Where are we?  Where are we going? And how are we going to get there?” as it applies to water usage and conservation in times of drought.  Sustainability is the “art” of knowing what to do today in order to survive tomorrow.  Our education topics this year will help us to appreciate how to use less and reuse more in order to stretch our resources.  Use less water, use less salt, use less energy.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

8 am – 9 am: Are We Running Out of Water?
Presented by Chubb Michaud CWS-VI, Systematix Company
Where does our  local water come from and how is it used?  Are we really in danger of running out of water?  What are the biggest concerns about our water supply?  Residential water usage only accounts for about 1% of  the water supply while agricultural needs are as much as 90%. Chubb will look at how water is used and how much is necessary to sustain our needs for growth and sustainability. How does California stack up against other states in water usage and requirements?

9 am – 10 am: Conserving Water Without Inconvenience
Presented by Greg Reyneke  CWS-VI, Red Fox Advisors
It’s cool to conserve.  Optimizing water treatment equipment efficiency and first tier water reuse options are the keys to minimizing your hydrologic footprint.    Greg will review numerous water saving  facts and techniques and present some real world examples with a detailed data analysis on water reuse and discuss the regulations and best practices.  This is good information you can use to both keep your customers informed and increase your business. Being water wise is just plain smart.

10 am – 11 am: Variable Frequency Drive Pumps
Presented by Clifford Fasnacht CWS-VI, Pacific Purification, Inc.
Variable frequency drive (VFD) pumps are an integral part of many water treatment systems today.  Why  is that so important?  What are they and how do they work?  Are they right for you?  How will they save your customer money and make you money at the same time?  Cliff will describe their importance for specific applications and cover the potential energy savings.  It’s all a part of sustainability.

11:00 am – noon: Softener efficiency: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Presented by Michael Mecca, Performance Water Products

Water softeners have been with us for over 100 years. Today’s ultra-high efficiency systems are leading the way for reduced brine discharge and water use reduction.  Mike will discuss the history and the impact of continuously improving salt efficiency all the way from the “salt in head” models of the early 1900s to the ultimate “zero discharge” trends of the future. Lowering the brine discharge numbers makes reclaimed water more usable and contributes to sustainability.

Annual Meeting

Each year Pacific Water Quality Association hosts an Annual Meeting during the convention. This year the meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 1st from 4 – 5:30 pm at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. In addition to association business, a state of the Association both regionally and nationally will be presented by representatives from the PWQA and WQA.

Golf Tournament

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
7:30 am Shot Gun Start
RiverWalk Golf Club
1150 Fashion Valley Road
San Diego, CA 92108
Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the tournament.
Paid registration is required

Helicopter Ball Drop

Pacific Water Quality Association is hosting a Helicopter Ball Drop in conjunction with our golf tournament at our annual convention on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Riverwalk Golf Club.

At the conclusion of the golf tournament, a helicopter will drop numbered golf balls onto a green. The numbered balls will reflect the person who purchased the numbered Helicopter Ball Drop Ticket. The first ball(s) in the hole wins up to $1,000. In the event that two balls (maximum) make it in the hole then the winners will split the prize. If no balls make it in the hole then the ball landing closest to the hole wins the entire prize.

Purchase your ball drop tickets here

Banquet Dinner and Industry Awards

The 2014 Banquet Dinner and Industry Awards will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 starting at 6:30 pm. The evening’s agenda includes a great meal, presentation of several well deserved industry awards and entertainment by the talented Joe Valeri. Take over twenty years’ experience as a musician in New York City, multi-instrumental skills, and a repertoire of literally  thousands  of songs, and you’ve got the musical tour-de-force that is Joe Valeri.

Joe has an extraordinary talent for transcribing music by ear.  He knows the songs you want to hear! In the unlikely event you want to hear something he doesn’t know, he’ll learn it in five minutes.  Unbelievable?  Dare him!

Joe performed in  NYC Dueling Pianos  in the heart of Times Square for the past 10 years and served as its Musical Director until 2012 when he relocated to Southern California.  He was also the Musical Director for several stage productions including  Growing Up 70’s  featuring Barry Williams (off-Broadway).

Joe has worked with such luminaries in the New York scene as Mark Rivera, Cameron Brown, Nicki Parrott, and Rod Ruth. Although he is a renowned veteran in the world of Dueling Pianos, he is also a professional solo pianist, drummer, and electric bassist.

This event is a great opportunity to mingle in an enjoyable social setting. This event will have a non-hosted cash bar. Paid registration is required.

Opportunity Raffle / Casino Night Reception

PWQA is hosting an opportunity raffle. All  raffle items will be on display on the trade show floor on Thursday and the raffle will conclude at the end of the Casino Night Reception.    At the conclusion of the trade show  Thursday at 5:30 pm, please join us in the foyer of the exhibit hall for a free Casino Night Reception including craps, blackjack and roulette gaming tables.  Each guest will be given “funny money” that can be exchanged for chips.  Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and mingle at the gaming tables with your colleagues from the water improvement industry.  At the end of the event, chips will be exchanged for raffle tickets and several lucky winners will go away with a great prize.  This event will have a non-hosted cash bar.

We are actively seeking raffle items and prizes for the casino night raffle. If you would like to donate an item for the 2014 opportunity raffle or a prize for the casino night raffle prize, please email the association office at info@pwqa.org so we can arrange to receive it. Examples of popular items we have had in the past  include wine baskets, sports memorabilia, specialty liquors,  DVD collections, jewelry, gift cards and electronic gadgets.

Trade Show

This 57th Annual Convention and Trade show is expected to be the largest display of water treatment equipment in California. Over 50 exhibitors will be on hand to show you the latest advances in water treatment products.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Noon – 5:30 pm

Trade Show

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Tech Talk on the Trade Show Floor presented by WQA
Overview of the Learning Activities Required to Earn The Water Quality Basics Badge

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Tech Talk on the Trade Show Floor presented by Aqua Finance
Top 6 Secrets to Close More Deals

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Tech Talk on the Trade Show Floor presented by Pentair
Find out how Pentair 5800xt2 Can Set You Apart

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Tech Talk on the Trade Show Floor presented by ResinTech
Eight “-ates” and how to remove them. Using ion exchange to remove sulfate, nitrate, chromate, selenate, perchlorate, arsenate, borate, and bicarbonate


Friday, October 3, 2014

9 am – Noon

Trade Show

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Tech Talk on the Trade Show Floor presented by Parker-Hannifin
Kynar PVDF Used In Water Applications

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Tech Talk on the Trade Show Floor presented by Parker-Hannifin
Non-Chemical Disinfection and the New Laws Regarding Produce Water Disinfection

Thursday’s Trade Show events you don’t want to miss include an ice cream social at 2:30 pm and a casino reception from 5:30 – 8 pm.

To redeem your FREE trade show admission ticket, please present your business card at the PWQA registration desk in the foyer of the Golden Pacific Ballroom at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center.


3M Purification
Allied Purchasing
Applied Membranes
Aqua Finance
Aqualine Products Inc.
Arrow Industries
AXEON Water Technologies
Balboa Capital Corporation
Canature USA
Carbon Activated Corporation
Carbon Resources
Charger Water Treatment
Chester Paul Company
Clack Corporation
Culligan International / Culligan Stainless
Farris Enterprises
Federal Screen Products Inc.
Flexcon Industries
Fluid Control Products
Foundation Finance
G.A. Murdock, Inc.
Good Water Warehouse
Hague Quality Water International
HydroNovation, Inc

Impact Water Products
John Guest USA, Inc.
Nelsen Corporation
NuWater USA
Parker-Hannifin Corporation
Performance Water Products
Precision Installation Products
Preferred Credit, Inc.
Puroserve Water Systems
TST Water, LLC
Unco Data Systems
United Filters International
United States Resin
Vertex Water Products
Water Conditioning and Purification Magazine
Water Quality Association
Water Quality Products Magazine
Watts Water Quality


Aqua Finance
Cargill Salt
Chester Paul
Clack Corporation
EcoWater of Central California
Foundation Finance
Good Water Warehouse
Hall’s Culligan of Southern California
Morton Salt
NuWater USA
Parker-Hannifin Corporation

Precision Installation Products
Rayne Corporation
South Bay Salt Works
TST Water
Water Inc.
Water Techniques
WATTS Water Quality

WQA CWS Test Preparation Course

This exam prep course is a review of the material from the CWS exam study kit. For best results, close reading of all the kit books and materials is strongly recommended prior to attending the course. Course attendance without prior study does not ensure exam success. We will be covering highlights on water contaminants, their origins, chemistries, and treatment technologies.

Modular Education Program (MEP): Getting Started & Basics Badge 1A

Using the NEW Modular Education Program (MEP) online software, attendees will complete a set of learning activities required to earn the Water Quality Basics Badge, the first course in the new education program. This introductory badge addresses basic principles and concepts of water quality and water analysis. It’s a great way to start off new hires and is intended for anyone likely to interact with customers, including office and non-technical support personnel.

*WQA Presents: CWS Test Prep Course, Modular Education Program (MEP) and
Certification Exams are independent of PWQA registration.
Please contact Daniel at WQA for registration 630-929-2508 / dleblanc@wqa.org

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