January 2013, Vol. 25, No.1

From the Editors

Setting new terms

Beginning this month in WE&T, you’ll start seeing the term water resource recovery facility or WRRF used regularly. Both WE&T and the rest of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) publications have switched to this term in place of the usual wastewater treatment plant or other conventional names.

This new term was not chosen lightly. The discussion began about a year ago in a task force appointed by the WEF Committee Leadership Council. The task force produced a list of proposed terms, which were then reviewed and discussed by both the WEF Communications staff and the Technical Practice Committee — more than 90% of the committee members who participated in the discussion supported the proposed terminology. In July 2012, the WEF Board of Trustees reviewed and approved the change in terminology in WEF publications.

WEF changed the terminology to better focus on the products and benefits of treatment rather than the waste coming into such facilities.



One of our readers wrote to ask whether a recent article (“Analyzing anammox,” September 2012) should have identified the anammox process as proprietary and patented. In this case, the term anammox was used generically to refer to a nonproprietary aerobic ammonium oxidation process. As the article states, “Although various companies have patented specific anammox process operations, the method tested by [the New York Department of Environmental Protection] does not involve any proprietary approaches.” It is WE&T’s policy to provide proper attribution whenever brand names are mentioned.