The Water Environment Federation has developed a series of clean water position statements to guide the critical work WEF provides in clean water policy.

These position statements provide the public and clean water professionals with an understanding of how WEF approaches the topics and issues regarding the availability of clean water. Existing position statements are regularly reviewed and updated through the leadership of the Government Affairs Committee, and new position statements are developed as new topics arise in the clean water sector. WEF members contribute to the development and updating of these documents through collaborative efforts between various technical committees and the Government Affairs Committee.


WEF also develops and maintains a series of business policies that provide details on important issues regarding how we conduct business.

WEF members and staff are currently working to update and develop several position statements, which will be posted as soon as they are approved by the WEF Board of Trustees.  If you have any questions about  Policy and Postion statements, please email Amy Kathman at [email protected].

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Position Statement Approved by the WEF Board of Trustees: July 12, 2019


In 2015, the United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Development Agenda titled “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” as a call to action for all countries to work towards peace and prosperity for people and the planet. This agenda outlined 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to thematic areas such as water, energy, and climate; with associated targets and indicators.

SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation, features targets for water reuse, access, affordability, resiliency, integrated water resources management, reduction in untreated wastewater, and enhanced research and development for water technologies; each of which water professionals around the world contribute to every day.  The work of water professionals also directly impacts most of the other SDGs including SDG 2 - Zero Hunger; SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being;  SDG 5 – Gender Equality; SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy; SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities; SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production; SDG 13 - Climate Action; SDG 14 - Life below Water; and SDG 15 - Life on the Land.

Alignment With WEF’s Mission and Critical Objectives

Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment.  WEF's mission, programs, and activities support the objectives of the SDGs, aligning with many, in particular SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation.


WEF supports the objectives of the UN SDGs and recognizes the work that its members, member associations, and the water sector as a whole contribute to furthering progress towards these goals globally. WEF’s programs and activities advance progress toward these goals by:

  • Establishing the conditions that promote accelerated development and implementation of innovative technologies and approaches. This includes fostering research and innovation, accelerating resource recovery, and cultivating the water workforce of the future.
  • Generating increased public awareness of the value of water, water professionals, and resource recovery, leading to increased funding to protect water quality and advance resource recovery.
  • Providing a broad range of content and programing, as well as opportunities for water professionals to learn and share information.
  • Leveraging a global network of water professionals

WEF will continue to foster progress towards achievement of the SDGs by:

  • Increasing water sector and public awareness of the SDGs and their importance, as well as of the work that water professionals are doing to further progress towards achievement of these goals.
  • Seeking opportunities to build upon the work currently being done and to collaborate with our member associations and partners around the world to advance progress towards achievement of the SDGs in the spirit of SDG 17 - Partnership for the Goals.

Climate Change

Official Position Statement Approved by WEF

Date of Approval: April 15, 2021
Expiration Date: April 15, 2026

The effects of climate change are a critically important and urgent risk to the future of water and the world. Climate change knows no boundaries, which means all sectors of society must do their part to mitigate and adapt to it. It is imperative that climate change mitigation and adaptation in the water sector be prioritized to ensure our continued ability to consistently deliver on our mission to protect public health and the environment, as well as to deliver on the promise of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. In that spirit WEF supports:

Read WEF's Official Position on Climate Change


Position Statement Approved by the WEF Board of Trustees: March 27, 2019

WEF will advocate and promote the following priorities for the effective and efficient management of stormwater runoff in the built environment:

Read 'Stormwater Runoff in the United States Built Environment Position Statement'

Water Reuse


Traditional water supplies in many parts of the world are becoming inadequate to sustainably meet the needs of communities. Population growth, development, droughts, over-drafting of groundwater, and climate change are straining water resources and altering the way communities plan for future demands and uses of water. There is a clear need to more effectively use water resources to provide reliable, high-quality, and affordable potable supplies to communities. Where limited water supplies are increasingly inadequate.

Read WEF's Water Reuse Position Statement


Position Statement - Adopted by WEF Board of Trustees: September 24, 2020

WEF recognizes that biosolids, a natural byproduct of wastewater treatment, are a renewable resource that is too valuable to waste given our growing needs for renewable energy and sustainability. Thus, WEF endorses and encourages the innovative beneficial recycling and use of biosolids. This updated statement expands WEF’s prior position that had focused primarily on land application of biosolids in support of EPA regulations. Read more >>  

Wastewater Effects of Removing Lead from Drinking Water

Wastewater Effects of Removing Lead from Drinking Water Position Statement

More WEF Advocacy Programs

WEF pursues many different advocacy and outreach through several programs aimed at various audiences. Explore these opportunties via the links below.