Industrial Water Community

The purpose of WEF’s Industrial Water Community (IWC) is to be a resource on industrial wastewater treatment, design, management, operation, and maintenance, as well as the promotion and improvement of industrial treatment technologies.

The IWC was established in 1943; revised in October 1994; revised in 1998, merged with the Hazardous Wastes community, and became Industrial Wastes in September 2002; changed its name to Industrial Wastewater in January 2010; and changed its name to Industrial Water in 2022.

Focus groups   Resources

The community is involved in a number of activities to improve the technology of industrial water and wastewater treatment, recycling, and reuse. The community meets in person twice a year, once at the WEF Mid-year meeting and at WEFTEC in October, in addition to having bi-monthly conference calls to continue progress throughout the year. The community provides technical information exchange; professional networking opportunities; communication of regulations, and policy and guidance. Programs addressing industrial water, wastewater, and hazardous wastes treatment, disposal, prevention, remediation, reuse, and minimization are developed by the community.

The community's overall charge includes the following:

  • Development and support of conferences, workshops, seminars, training, and technical sessions.
  • Development and support of publications related to industrial water treatment topics.
  • Development and support of awards in the industrial water treatment area.
  • Development of public outreach materials expressing technical industrial water treatment issues.
  • Partnering with other organizations and communities in the development of industrial water treatment activities.

Brian Arntsen, 2022 - 2024
Tel: 905-465-3030, ext. 3060

Abigail Antolovich, 2022 - 2024
Tel: (303)598-7743

2nd Vice-Chair
William Bratt, 2022 - 2024

Staff Manager
Lisa McFadden
Tel: 703-684-2400 x7060

Focus Groups

The IWC has several focus groups (both organizational and technical) that community members can participate in. These focus groups help the IWC run, as well as produce products to get the word out about what's happening and being talked about in the industrial wastewater realm.

  • Water for Power
  • Upstream Oil & Gas
  • Refining
  • Food & Beverage
  • Chemicals & Manufacturing
  • Editorial & Publications
  • Industrial Award Nominations 
  • Member Association Outreach
  • Industry Outreach   


  • Awards
    The community supports the Industrial Water Quality Achievement Award given every year to a corporation or engineering firm that demonstrates excellence in water quality improvement, or prevention of water quality degradation.

    Additionally, the community supports the Hazardous Wastes Management Award recognizing an individual for their efforts in promoting quality technical and/or management performance in activities and professionalism within and on behalf of the field of hazardous waste management.

    2019 Industrial Awards Flyer

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