WEF Circular Water Economy Summit 2024

Dallas | July 15-17

Join us as we continue the transformation to a circular water economy. Hear solutions to industrial water challenges, explore how to develop circular water systems, and commercialize the resulting products.

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What's Happening at WEF

WEF Enters New Era with Water Sector Veteran Ralph Exton at the Helm

Ralph_Exton_cropped.jpegThe Water Environment Federation has announced the appointment of Ralph Erik Exton as its new executive director, effective July 15, 2024.

“The Board of Trustees is excited for Ralph to take the helm of WEF,” said WEF Board President, Aimeé Killeen. “Ralph brings years of strategic leadership and business experience to the organization, which we know will be a great step forward in ringing in our 100-year anniversary and beyond.”

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The Latest on Membrane Bioreactors

OUT NOW: The newest WEF authoritative manual, Membrane Bioreactors, MOP 36, 2nd Edition, covers best practices for the use of membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment and the operation of membrane bioreactor facilities. Get an overview of membrane and biological process fundamentals, followed by coverage of membrane bioreactor system integrated process design.

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WEF's Integrated Leadership Webcast Series

The Integrated Leadership Webcast Series is an online course for anyone looking to improve their leadership skills while connecting with professionals in the water sector. Don’t miss out on this exclusive content and the chance to further your knowledge through facilitated discussions with your peers.

Register by June 24 to participate in discussions with your peers while gaining access to the pre-recorded webcasts from the Water Leadership Institute. WEF members save $50 on registration.

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Selected Upcoming Events

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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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Make your mark on water quality and environmental sustainability. Immerse yourself in WEFTEC 2024—it's more than just a conference. Connect in person with the full water community and work toward a world free of water challenges.

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Limited Time Only: Discounted WEF Membership

WEF membership dues are 50% off through July 12. Use the promo code SuperSaver2024. With WEF membership, you can dive into a community that innovates, educates, and connects, turning every day into an opportunity for water excellence.

This year at WEFTEC, you'll be able to build on the knowledge and connections you have made and stay updated on the latest developments in your field.

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Innovation and the Circular Water Economy

Innovation is critical to the water sector. WEF is always looking for new approaches to help solve existing problems that affect human and environmental well-being. Watch to see some of the different ways WEF supports innovation in the field.

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! 


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Rauch-Williams Chosen as 2024 WEFTEC Master Lecturer

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP; Washington, D.C.) are ...

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Industrial Water Resources
Second Annual WEF Circular Water Economy Summit to Drive Sustainable Solutions

The Water Environment Federation’s second annual Circular Water Economy Summit (CWES) will take place in Dallas, Texas, July 15-17. This unique event gathers ...

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Preview the 2024 Program

Click through the digital WEFTEC 2024 Conference Preview to learn more about the 2024 educational programming, see who is exhibiting, begin to plan your WEFTEC ...

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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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