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What's Happening at WEF

U.S. EPA Proposes Drinking Water Regulations for PFAS

On March 14, 2023, the U.S. EPA proposed a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) to establish legally enforceable Maximum Contamination Levels (MCLs) for six PFAS in drinking water.

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Explore the WEF Community

Don’t miss out on the WEF Community, a new interactive platform from the Water Environment Federation. Join thousands of water professionals and enjoy benefits including access to communities and hundreds of focus groups, an extensive library of media resources, and more.

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Water Week 2023

Join water professionals from across the nation April 23-29 to help advance key water policy priorities such as sustained growth in federal infrastructure investment, addressing water affordability, supporting water research & development, and making our critical infrastructure more resilient.

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Upcoming Conferences

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

  • 28 - 31 Mar

    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.

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  • 16 - 19 May

    WEF/IWA Residuals and Biosolids Conference 2023

    The WEF/IWA Residuals and Biosolids Conference 2023 will highlight new technologies, successful innovations, and current best practices in the industry. Save the date: May 16-19, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina!

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  • 16 - 19 May

    Odors and Air Pollutants 2023

    This conference will once again bring together environmental professionals from around the world for a showcase on odors and air pollutants management. The biennial Odor Conference is designed to educate practitioners, facility owners, operators, researchers, and public administrators about current odor issues, including regulatory requirements and methods for analyzing problems and finding solutions.

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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 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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WEF Water Stories

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

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.


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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Utility Management
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*Sponsored Content* The Rye Water District in New Hampshire serves a population of 5,500 residents, with 1,702 connections to the water supply. Every day, the ...

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Small, Disconnected Wetlands Trap Twice as Much Nitrogen

Research highlights inland wetlands as overlooked tools for preventing nutrient pollution

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Stormwater & Watershed Management
New York City Earmarks $400 Million For Flood Infrastructure, Information

New investments enable New York City’s Cloudburst and FloodNet programs to expand citywide

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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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