The Water Environment Federation is a nonprofit association that provides technical education and training for thousands of water quality professionals who clean water and return it safely to the environment. WEF members have proudly protected public health, served their local communities and supported clean water worldwide since 1928. 

WEF's Strategic Plan

At WEF, we have set our sights on new horizons and are operating under a new Strategic Plan. Our vision for the future is life free of water challenges.

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Operations Challenge 2022 Safety Event

The Safety Event at Operations Challenge is one of the most complex and time consuming. Hear from Head Judge Leo Gonzalez, the Sewerside Squad from the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association, the TRA River Guardians from the Water Environment Association of Texas about the 2022 event.

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Radhika Fox U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator of Water on WEFTEC Live

Radhika Fox, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator of Water, discuss infrastructure funding, water affordability, PFAS, and biosolids.

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In 2022, WEF set our sights on new horizons—a world where each person has access to clean water and sanitation, where communities prosper, and where nature thrives. With the release of our new strategic plan, we focused on feedback from our members and partners to prioritize attracting and developing a diverse and passionate water workforce, cultivating a purpose-driven community, and leading the transformation to the circular water economy.

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🎧 LISTEN to this new podcast with Greta Zornes of CDMSmith, who discusses what makes potable reuse projects different and the current path for expansion of potable reuse, including why communities are undertaking projects and the role of regulations.

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🎧 In this episode of Words of Water, Episode #230 listen to Tshoganetso Masunga, Data Analyst with Sarep, talking about her work in water and sanitation in Botswana and her fellowship at WEF, including what she learned, the WEFTEC experience, and what she will carry back to her work in Africa. 

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At WEF, we have set our sights on new horizons and are operating under a new Strategic Plan. Our vision for the future is life free of water challenges.

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To prepare for her new role as WEF biosolids director, Maile Lono-Batura canvassed the biosolids community to gather insights on what the sector is getting right, what isn’t working and how the sector can course-correct or reinvent itself where it is missing the mark.

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WEF's newest operator training manual is designed to help you master the concepts and practices you need to be confident on exam day and throughout your career! Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals III covers advanced wastewater treatment and helps operators prepare for the third and fourth levels of certification examinations.

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Perhaps no aspect of water and wastewater treatment is more important than the workforce that performs the day-to-day work needed to provide safe drinking water and to protect our public waterways.

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is recognizing 15 utilities for significantly reducing nutrient pollution, one of the leading problems for the health of waterways across the U.S. The utilities were selected through Nutrient Smart (NSmart), a collaboration between WEF and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize utilities that have demonstrated nitrogen or phosphorus reductions and developed robust community outreach programs.

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There are many ways to contribute to WEF, as well as opportunities for engagement. Here are the means to support WEF financially.

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WEF has launched its CE Credit Archive to let you track your earned credits, access your continuing education documents anytime, and serve as an archive for state reporting.

The archive currently includes CE Credit records for WEFTECs 2016 through 2020 (WEFTEC Connect) and past WEF Education and Training events, beginning in 2017.

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Work for Water is a valuable resource for job seekers, students and veterans interested in pursuing or advancing careers in the water sector.

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WEF/AWWA Utility Management Conference 2023

  • Register today for the WEF/AWWA Utility Management Conference 2023 in Sacramento, California, to join water and wastewater managers and professionals at one of the leading, most informative, and most prestigious management conferences in the water sector.