Innovations in Treatment Technology Conference 2024

Join us May 21-24 for new technologies, successful innovations, and current best water-sector practices.

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What's Happening at WEF

WEF Response to U.S. EPA MCL Regulation

On April 10, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released the final rule for a Safe Drinking Water Act Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL) regulation that will require massive reductions of PFAS in drinking water. Ultimately, the new rule will have significant effects on wastewater treatment systems in several direct and indirect ways.

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Apply for an MS4 Award

Officially titled, the National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards, this program inspires municipal separate stormwater sewer programs (MS4s) to seek innovative ways to meet and exceed regulatory requirements. Created in cooperation with the U.S. EPA, these awards recognize high-performing MS4 programs.

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LIFT Intelligent Water Systems Challenge Registration Open

WEF and the Water Research Foundation are holding the LIFT Intelligent Water Systems Challenge to demonstrate the value of "intelligent water systems" to protect public and ecological health. Register before April 22, 2024

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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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Selected Upcoming Events

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

  • 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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  • 15 - 17 Jul

    Circular Water Economy Summit 2024

    Join us July 15-17 in Dallas, Texas, to continue the transformation to the circular water economy. Attend to hear 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

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.

WEF WATER STORIES

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!

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Practice Areas
WEF Response to U.S. EPA MCL Regulation

On April 10, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released the final rule for a Safe Drinking Water Act Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL) regulation ...

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Design
New Spin on Artificial Reefs Protects Coasts, Houses Marine Life

‘Architected’ reefs from MIT use minimal materials to reduce wave energy by over 95%

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Climate Change
WEFTEC Earns Gold Sustainability Certification

WEFTEC has proudly earned the Events Industry Council (EIC) Sustainable Event Standards Gold Certification, marking a significant achievement in sustainable event ...

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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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EXPLORE ALL PRACTICE AREAS

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.

Operations

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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