Collection Systems and Stormwater 2024

Join us April 9-12 in Hartford to hear the latest advances and innovations in collection systems and stormwater management.

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Start Your 2024 Water Story with WEF

Save 24% on your WEF membership by using the code NewYear24 when joining us for the first time. By starting your water story with us, you gain access to

  • workforce development,
  • advocacy,
  • technical publications,
  • events, and
  • relationships across the water sector

This offer ends on February 15. Have questions? Meet with a WEF staff member today.

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Apply for a WEF Award

Join the ranks of water environment leaders! The 2024 WEF Award submission period is open now. Seize this opportunity to showcase your innovative projects, educational contributions, and outstanding achievements in water management across multiple categories. Get recognized or nominate a colleague for all of your good work. Submit your nominations today to recognize those who create a life free of water challenges.

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Nominate a WEF Fellow

The WEF Fellows Program recognizes the professional achievement, stature, and contributions of WEF members to the preservation and enhancement of the global water environment in the practice areas served by WEF. The prestigious title of WEF Fellow is awarded on a selective basis after a thorough application review process. Over a decade after its inaugural year, 195 of WEF’s best and brightest have been recognized as a WEF Fellow.

Nomination period open until February 29.

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2023 Year in Review

2023 was full of events and activities that WEF and our members participated in throughout the year. Take a look back at some of the highlights.

Selected Upcoming Events

WEF offers an assortment of conferences, webcasts, and other meetings and events. View the list of All Events

  • 09 - 12 Apr

    Collection Systems and Stormwater Conference 2024

    Register now for Collection Systems and Stormwater 2024! The robust program will highlight continued advances in the wastewater collection systems sector as well as the latest innovations in stormwater management.

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  • 15 - 17 Apr

    DBIA/AWWA/WEF Design Build for Water/Wastewater 2024

    #DBIAWater provides a platform for experienced, knowledgeable, and well-spoken industry experts to highlight best practices in design-build project delivery in the water and wastewater sector, and to discuss the merits of its as a means to achieve exceptional project outcomes!

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  • 21 - 24 May

    Innovations in Treatment Technology Conference 2024

    The Innovations in Treatment Technology Conference 2024 will highlight new technologies, successful innovations, and current best practices in the industry in Virginia Beach, VA, May 21-24, 2024!

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  • 18 - 21 Jun

    Residuals and Biosolids Conference 2024

    The Residuals and Biosolids Conference 2024 will highlight new technologies, successful innovations, and current best practices in the water sector. Join us June 18-21, 2024 in Oklahoma City!

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Water Week 2024 | April 7-13

Join water professionals from across the nation to help advance key water policy priorities such as sustained growth in federal infrastructure investment, addressing water affordability, supporting water research & development and advancing sound science-based solutions, and making our critical infrastructure more resilient.

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WEF Water Stories

Featured performers at the 2023 Opening General Session included Chicago’s first-ever Poet Laureate, Avery R. Young, who performed during the event.

Water Sector Comms Scholars Experience WEFTEC 2023

WEF brought a group of water sector communicators to WEFTEC 2023. Emily Garner is Public Utilities Information Specialist for the Greenville North Carolina Public Utilities Commission. Emily shares her experience at WEFTEC.


Developing a diverse and passionate workforce that encourages more diversity in the water workforce is part of WEF's Strategic Plan. Charlotte Water Operator, Stacia Wilkes, tells us why she chose a career in water and why more women should too! 


WEF Water Stories

Look behind the scenes at the 2023 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize in Golden, Colo., and meet Naomi Park, the 2023 U.S. winner!

See the Latest Water Sector News

Stormwater & Watershed Management
Our Cities Will Need to Harvest Stormwater in an Affordable and Green Way – Here’s How

Buddhi Wijesiri explains how green infrastructure can represent a means to improve urban water security

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Stormwater & Watershed Management
Public Outreach Proves Critical for Houston’s Exploration Green Project

Concluding a decade of planning and construction, Clear Lake City Water Authority transforms golf course into multifunctional stormwater management hub

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Stormwater & Watershed Management
California Groups Work to Reestablish Beaver Population

Conservationists to study long-term effects of beaver reintroduction on flooding and water quality in rural watersheds

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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.

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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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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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