WEF InFLOW: Introducing Future Leaders to Opportunities in Water

The WEF InFLOW program aims to enhance diversity and inclusion in the water workforce.

About inFlow

CareerTech

Partners with community-based organizations to expose scholars in job readiness programs to the variety of rewarding career possibilities in water quality.​

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STEMpath

Identifies scholars enrolled in undergraduate/​graduate degree programs from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups.​ Applications for STEMpath 2024 are now open through February 27th.

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TInflow-Logo-Final-R.pnghis scholarship opportunity engages participants in WEF programs and events to:​  

  1. Solidify their interest in working in the water sector; and​
  2. Increase probabilities for employment and long-term success working in water.

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Program History

InFLOW launched at WEFTEC 2018 and provided travel assistance, hotel accommodations, registration, and additional networking opportunities to 16 students from 3 universities. At WEFTEC 2019, InFLOW expanded to include the Emerging Water Quality Scholars program, which now makes up the current two program tracks: CareerTech and STEMpath. Since 2018, InFLOW has hosted over 200 scholars between the two tracks!

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Past and Current Participating Schools and Organizations

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Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz, STEMpath Scholar 2019​

These opportunities encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to stand for something that is the most important resource that we have. From planting those seeds in the hearts and minds of elementary students to giving college students the opportunity to network as they are going into the industry, to taking professionals who are already in the work field and giving them an opportunity to know more and be advocates of water helps the effort to make this world a place that can be sustainable once more."

CareerTech Participant 2019​

“I learned a ton about water companies and their capabilities. It was very impressive to see how they function in the greater scheme of water technology. I also learned water industry language and it has motivated me.”

Jayla Berry ​ STEMpath Scholar 2021​

“My favorite part of the InFLOW program was getting to meet people my age and getting exposure to the largest water industries. Coming from a small HBCU Environmental Engineering program, it helped me come decide what I wanted to do upon graduation and meet people who were like me.”

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Aimee Bajoie​ CareerTech Scholar 2020​

“After completing the program, they did not just leave us. WEF staff and others, such as the Water Leadership Institute alumni mentor I was matched with, kept in touch with us with follow up questions, job information, scholarship opportunities, and professional mentorship. “

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Alma Rocha​ STEMpath Scholar 2020​

“Overall, the InFLOW program inspired me to apply for opportunities outside my comfort zone. InFLOW motivated me, and I now have plans to be a professor one day. I know that I would like to be a part of creating programs that are innovative and serve to diversify the water industry.”

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Victoria Wanjohi​ STEMpath Scholar 2020​

“I have been a beneficiary of in joining the water industry as an InFLOW scholar…Such initiatives are crucial as we strive towards a more equitable and sustainable future. ”

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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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