William “Bill” Maher, former owner of Maher Water Corporation in Stevens Point, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Water Quality Association of Wisconsin (WQAW).
Maher was born and raised in Stevens Point, the same year his parents Paul and Lydia Maher went into a business called Maher Soft Water Service.
In February 1980, Maher’s father retired and Bill and his wife Bonnie purchased the business, and in July 1990 they built a new building and moved the business to the east side of Stevens Point on Hoover Road. In 1984, Maher opened a second location in Hazelhurst, and later moved that business to Minocqua.
In 1983, Maher served his first term as president of the WQAW, a time when product approvals were first being mandated. He successfully received the first product approval in 1984 for a whole house nitrate removal system — a remarkable event since this was not only a softener or filter but a health-related device. In 1994, Maher served his second term as the WQAW president, as well as on the board of directors of the national Water Quality Association.
In March of 2011, Maher and his wife sold Maher Water Corporation to their daughter Danielle Maher-Baron and her husband Sam Baron, and as the business continued to grow and in 2018, they built a larger facility, the same year Maher retired.
Maher will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement award during the WQAW’s annual convention at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells on Sept. 13, with their entire company and Wisconsin water treatment industry in attendance.