We hope you enjoyed Water Week 2022!

In coordination with Water Week, the National Water Policy Fly-In was held on April 27, 2022, in Washington, D.C. 

Each year, the National Water Policy Fly-In provides attendees the opportunity to hear directly from key EPA officials and Members of Congress on the important regulatory and legislative water policies they are working on now and in the years ahead.

Attendees have the opportunity to relay and discuss the essential role water utilities provide their communities and the important role the water sector has with federal policymakers in Washington DC. The National Water Policy Fly-In continues to be the main event for water professionals from around the country to come together and continue the advocacy momentum as one united voice for the water sector.

The National Water Policy Fly-In was held at the Hilton Washington DC National Mall The Wharf.  Photos from the Fly-In will be posted soon!

Additional Water Week Events and Activities

National Water Policy Fly-In Prep Webinar:

In advance of the National Water Policy Fly-In, there was a webcast to help you prepare for your Hill meetings! 

This webcast walks participants through the latest from Capitol Hill, the water sector’s key issues and talking points, and tools and tips for engaging during Water Week and beyond– such as setting up in person and Zoom congressional office visits (if offices are not yet offering in-person meetings or if you are unable to attend the Fly-In yourself). NACWA, WEF, WateReuse and The Water Research Foundation are urging all members to view this webcast and reach out to Congress to advocate for support for the water sector.

View last year's webcast, Water Advocacy Update & How to Virtually Lobby Congress During Water Week 2021

By visiting the Water Week website, you can view many of the resources used to make a successful event!

Stormwater Policy Forum - April 25, 2022

During Water Week 2022, WEF’s Stormwater Institute hosted the sixth annual Stormwater Policy Forum.  

Participants heard the latest legislative and regulatory updates as well as policy trends and emerging topics including stormwater permits, integrated planning, and wet weather issues.  Slides will be posted soon!

Read last year's recommendation document: 2022 Recommendations to Improve the Stormwater Program in the U.S. document.

As a valued member of the water community, we put your health and safety above all else. We are so grateful to have seen so many of you in person at Water Week 2022 and appreciate your continued involvement and support as we all navigate these challenging times.


Water Advocates

Additionally, WEF’s Water Advocates grassroot program enabes all WEF members and the public to write Congress at any time regarding the calls-to-action posted on the site, such as the current call-to-action to Congress urging support for water infrastructure funding!

How to Virtually Participate in Water Week

HOW TO VIRTUALLY PARTICIPATE IN WATER WEEK

This spring, WEF and our partners in the water sector, held a webinar – Water Advocacy Update and How to Virtually Lobby Congress During Water Week 2021.

In addition, please continue to use the Water Week 2021 one pager and share it with your own Members of Congress as you reach out for support!

Thanks again for supporting our Water Week 2021!

Water Week One Pager

  • Infographics: These infographics were created by WEF to be used in communicating the value of water and importance of investment in infrastructure. They can be used as handouts during discussions and shared on social media.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • Contact your congressional office: Contact the offices of your members of Congress. Let them know it is Water Week and voice your support for the policy asks. Invite them to visit a water facility or project. 

    • Post to social media: Be active on social media. Use #WaterWeek2021 in your posts. Voice support for funding and policies outlined in the document. Tag your members of Congress. Follow and share posts from WEF on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    • Publish an op-ed or blog: Use the policy request document as the basis for an op-ed for the local newspaper or blog for your website. Include local examples of why water is important and why investment is needed.

    • Join WEF’s Water Advocates: It is a grassroots advocacy program that makes it easy for WEF members to engage with their federal elected officials on matters of importance to the water sector. Membership is free and you will raise your profile among your water professional colleagues as a champion for our sector. 

If you have any questions about Water Week, please contact Steve Dye at [email protected].

Thank you for adding your voice to WEF’s advocacy for water!

Future Water Week Dates

Water Week 2022
April 24 - April 30, 2022

For more information, please visit https://www.waterweek.us/

WEF, AMWA, AWWA, NACWA, USWA, WateReuse, WRF, and WWEMA have agreed upon these future dates.

WEF Government Affairs Committee

The Committee shall provide direction and leadership on the formation of government environmental policies, interaction with WEF members and MAs on these policies, and implementation of sound environmental policies.

Visit the Government Affairs Committee page for more information!

Apply for membership: Committee Membership Application

Email WEF's Government Affairs Manager Amy Kathman with any questions: [email protected]  

View the Government Affairs Committee Org. Chart

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.