Innovations in Process Engineering Conference 2023

Join us June 6-9 in Portland, Oregon, to hear the latest innovations in treatment technologies and process engineering

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What's Happening at WEF

Meet the CWE Summit Speakers

The first Circular Water Economy Summit in July will bridge the gap between industrial and municipal water leaders – and the communities they both serve – as they pursue sustainable solutions to water challenges.

This inaugural event will bring together top executives, decision-makers, and thought leaders who are successfully turning waste streams into value streams.

Learn about the speakers and download the most current summit program.

Meet the Speakers

Unlock Your Potential with a Mentor

Calling all rising Water Environment Federation (WEF) members. Join the Students and Young Professionals Mentorship Program which connects you with water sector leaders from diverse organizations. Apply to be a mentor or a mentee. Discover new perspectives, fuel personal and career growth, and forge meaningful connections. Benefit from regular check-ins, surveys, and valuable feedback. Don't miss this opportunity to thrive and learn from experienced mentors. You also can apply to be a mentor!

Application Period Closes June 23

Watch the U.S. SJWP Live

A total of 51 U.S. state winners representing 44 states and Puerto Rico will compete for the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, June 15-18 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo.

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You can watch the awards ceremony live on the U.S. SJWP Facebook page on June 17 at 7:30 p.m. MT.

Watch the Awards Ceremony on June 17

Join Us at WEFTEC 2023

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At WEFTEC 2023, you can participate in informative sessions, connect with other water quality professionals, and discover cutting-edge advancements in water technology.


Upcoming Conferences

In addition to conferences, WEF offers webcasts and other meetings and events. View the list of All Events.

  • 06 - 09 Jun

    WEF/IWA Innovations in Process Engineering Conference 2023

    Save the Date for the WEF/IWA Innovations in Process Engineering 2023 Conference, taking place June 6-9, 2023 in Portland, Oregon! This conference is focused on innovations in treatment technologies and process engineering.

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  • 27 - 30 Jun

    Collection Systems Conference 2023

    Save the date for Collection Systems 2023! The robust program will highlight continued advances in the wastewater collection systems sector.

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  • 27 - 29 Jun

    WEF Stormwater Summit

    WEF will be hosting the Stormwater Summit in Kansas City, MO, in June 2023. This summit is crafted to deepen the technical knowledge of professionals involved with stormwater management and provide forums where leading issues in the sector are discussed.

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  • 18 - 20 Jul

    Circular Water Economy Summit

    Join us July 18-20 in Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss best practices, examine real-life examples of circular water solutions to industrial water challenges, explore the opportunities for developing circular water systems, and learn to commercialize the products that result from it.

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WEF Water Stories

Melanie Vines says the Flint Michigan Water Crisis motivated her to choose a career in water. Watch to hear more about her journey and the formation of the University of Alabama's WEF Student Chapter, which won WEF's first annual Student Chapter of the Year Award!

WEF Water Stories

Hear Crysele Evans, a 2022 InFLOW Scholar share what makes her passionate and motivated to work in water.

WEF Water Stories

Listen to Regina Berry, Diversity Director for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, talk about why activities like the WEF Community Service Projects are crucial for ensuring everyone is included and protected.

WEF Water Stories

There are many opportunities for young professionals to work in water and help solve today's water challenges. #WEFWaterStories

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Share Your Water Story

WEF Water Stories

Shannon Harty, Commissioner of Water Environment Protection for Onondaga County, New York, explains how she got her start in water and fell in love with wastewater.

See the Latest Water Sector News

Stormwater & Watershed Management
Researchers Pinpoint Financial Value of Urban Stream Restoration

New methodology quantifies benefits and residents’ willingness to pay for urban stream cleanup and restoration projects.

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WEF Selects Strategic Transition Specialist as Interim Leader

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has selected Wm. Patrick (Pat) Nichols to serve as its Interim Executive Director, effective June 1, 2023. After taking the ...

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Stormwater & Watershed Management
New Classification System Focuses on Wetland Connectivity

Researchers explore how the ways wetlands connect with downstream waters affect the level and type of ecosystem benefits they provide.

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Explore Our Strategic Plan


Imagine life free of water challenges. What does that look like to you? Check out WEF’s new Strategic Plan to see how we’ll get there and then share your water story.



WEF is a source of high-quality technical resources featuring the latest research, news, and education. WEF's members and other credible resources have created and compiled this information into the Practice Area groupings listed in the dropdown menu.


From hands-on-training and leadership opportunities, such as Operations Challenge, to online training, such as the Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals series, WEF provides operators with many opportunities to advance on-the-job knowledge and develop their careers.

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Water & Wastewater Treatment

More than 16,000 publicly owned water resource recovery facilities operate in the United States. Skilled engineers and operators work together to ensure new and updated facilities continue to protect public health and the environment.

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Biosolids Resource Recovery

Through biosolids management, solid residue from wastewater treatment is processed to reduce or eliminate pathogens and minimize odors, forming a safe, beneficial agricultural product. Biosolids are carefully monitored and must be used in accordance with regulatory requirements.

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Industrial Water Resources

Industries treat and reuse wastewater and process water as well as provide environmentally sustainable wastewater treatment while reducing costs and maintaining value for their businesses.

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Utility Management

To respond to myriad daily challenges faced by water and wastewater utility leaders, WEF continuously works with its members and partners to develop a variety of management initiatives; resources; and educational, training, and networking opportunities.

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Government & Regulatory Affairs

WEF advocacy activities aim to educate WEF members and the water sector on public policy issues related to water quality and resources and equip them to play a greater role in water policy discussions.

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Collection Systems and Conveyance

The system of underground pipes and maintenance structures that convey wastewater has brought dramatic improvements to public health. Most sewers carry wastes from households and commercial establishments and are referred to as sanitary sewers.

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Stormwater & Watershed Management

Take a comprehensive look at how all water resources, including uplands, drainage basins, wetlands, stormwater, surface water, and groundwater interact.

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Public Health

The water sector and its systems protect public and ecological health. Using the data that can be collected through smart water technologies provides additional insights to address complex public health issues.

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Join or Renew Your WEF Membership Today

Connect with our community of water professionals who ensure that our local communities have access to clean water that protects public health. Explore our member benefits and find the membership type that’s right for you.

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