CHICAGO, Illinois, February 5, 2018 /PRWeb/ — Arthur Freedman Associates, Inc. (AFA) announced today that Bill Pearson, CWT, has joined its team of independent water treatment industry consultants as a Principal Consultant. As a biologist, biochemist, and certified water treatment professional, Pearson brings more than 40 years of leadership and experience in the water treatment industry, including participation in multiple professional and trade organizations in which he specializes in bridging the gap between water treatment and Legionella risk management programs. Bill has written many publications covering various aspects of water treatment and Legionellosis, and is the primary author of the Association of Water Technologies (AWT) Legionella document. View, share and download the full press release on the web here:

William (Bill) Pearson II, CWT PhotoPearson’s most recent position was as Senior Vice President of Business Development at Special Pathogens Laboratory (SPL), where he helped advance an affiliate program to provide the water treatment professional and industry with specialized Legionella risk and water management plan resources from SPL. Prior to SPL, Bill spent 40 years serving the industrial water treatment industry at Southeastern Laboratories, Inc., the last 25 years of which as Executive Vice President and Director of Sales, Consulting & Technical Services.

“I’m honored to have the privilege of working with my friends and peers at Arthur Freedman Associates, said Bill. I’ve had a long-standing respect for the water treatment consulting firm that Art Freedman started more than 35 years ago. Art was as a friend of mine, as were so many others in the industry that came to know and respect his technical knowledge as well as his unwavering integrity as an independent consultant.” Dr. Arthur J. Freedman, Ph.D founded AFA in 1981, with a passion to advance knowledge, prevent corrosion, improve system performance and reliability, and importantly help prevent damage and disease due to water borne pathogens such as Legionella.

“As a biology major fresh out of academia in 1976, Bill continued, I became passionate about learning all I could about Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease – with the historic outbreak in Philadelphia that same year. Since the passage of the ASHRAE (Legionella) Standard 188 in June of 2015, that I was very honored to have played an important role in its development, the landscape of codes, regulations and ‘best practices’ around Legionella and building water safety have intensified. Following the New York City Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in 2015 and subsequent state and local legislation, I knew that building and facility owners and operators would need the kind of independent expertise and advice that my fellow consultants and I at AFA can uniquely provide.

Bill is an Executive Committee member on the ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee (SSPC 188) for Standard 188, and is Chair of the Cooling Tower Institute (CTI) Legionellosis committee (CTI 159). He currently serves as Liaison for AWT to the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and to CTI. Bill has contributed to numerous technical manuals, educational training workshops and seminars. He is currently an ASHRAE Learning Institute instructor for ASHRAE Standard 188, and an instructor in AWT’s Training Seminars program covering Legionella for the water treatment professional. He is chair of the AWT Legionella Task Force and serves as the voting member for AWT on the NSF Standard 444 (Legionella) joint committee. He is a past chair of the AWT Technical Committee, served on the AWT Board of Directors, and was President of AWT in 2003. Bill received the prestigious Ray Baum Memorial Water Technologist of the Year Award in 2005.

“I’m very pleased that Bill has decided to advance his consulting career as part of the independent water treatment consulting team here at AFA, said Peter Freedman, President. I know my father would have been very pleased to have Bill as part of the team. Bill is not only a recognized technical expert in the water treatment industry, but is one of the driving forces in the industry for the prevention and management of risk due to Legionella. Bill is a highly regarded industry professional, who shares the principals of honesty and integrity which are foundational to the contributions my father and the team at AFA have made to our clients and to the water treatment industry over the past 35+ years.” Test

Since 1981, Arthur Freedman Associates (AFA) has been providing independent consulting services to the Water Treatment Industry. AFA consultants provide Audit, Inspection and Failure Analysis services for Commercial, Industrial, Educational, Government and Healthcare institutions. AFA consultants also provide Legionella Risk Management Consulting and Training services, along with Water Management Plans and WMP Certifications where required. AFA uses only the services of certified outside labs, and sells no equipment or chemicals in order to maintain unbiased, technically sound consulting with the highest standards of integrity.


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