The Instrumentation Testing Association (ITA) is a non-profit technical and educational organization. ITA is internationally governed by treatment facilities (both public and private, industrial and municipal and representative of small, medium and large water, wastewater and industrial systems). ITAs members include water, wastewater and industrial treatment plants, consultants, manufacturers, non-profits, and regulatory organizations.
ITA was founded in 1984 at a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) meeting held in Chicago to address instrument performance and reliability issues arising from low bid requirements of procuring instrumentation. Treatment facilities wanted to identify quality instruments for their water and wastewater treatment applications. ITA devised a cooperative testing process in which instrument manufacturers are invited to participate by donating equipment and treatment plants lend their facility as a test site. All test participants (inclusive of manufacturers, ITA committee members and treatment plant test site personnel) are involved in developing and approving the test protocol.
ITAs mission is to advance the performance and reliability of instrumentation and automation technologies used in water and wastewater treatment facilities. ITAs mission was designed to improve the design of, promote the application and understanding of and assist in the selection of instrumentation and automation technologies used for monitoring and controlling water, wastewater and industrial treatment systems. ITA carries out its mission by conducting charitable, educational and scientific research and testing regarding instrumentation design, maintenance and performance and disseminating information through its published reports.