The purpose of WEF’s Industrial Wastewater Committee (IWWC) 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 IWWC was established in 1943; revised October 1994; revised in 1998, merged with Hazardous Wastes Committee and became Industrial Wastes in September of 2002; and changed their name to Industrial Wastewater in January 2010.

The Committee is involved in a number of activities to improve the technology of industrial water and wastewater treatment, recycle and reuse. The committee meets in person twice a year at: the WEF Mid-year meeting in February and at WEFTEC in October, in addition to having bi-monthly conference calls to continue progress throughout the year. The committee 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 committee.

The Committee’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 wastewater treatment topics.
  • Development and support of awards in the industrial wastewater treatment area.
  • Development of public outreach materials expressing technical industrial wastewater treatment issues.
  • Partnering with other organizations and committees in development of industrial wastewater treatment activities.

To apply to the committee:
Committee Membership Application



Jeremy Johnson 2015 - 2018
Tel:  513-719-6022


Ian Fife 2015 - 2018
Tel: (801) 290-5528

Staff Liaison

Bri Nakamura
Tel: 703-684-2439

Request for 2017 Industrial Awards Nominations!

2016 WEF Industrial Water Quality Achievement Award Winners - ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery

Know of a deserving Industrial Wastewater Professional or Company? Nominate them for one of the four WEF Industrial Awards!

Nominating is as easy as 1-2-3!

  • Step One: Select an Award.
  • Step Two: Review the Award qualifications, to make sure your candidate is eligible for the Award.
  • Step Three: Fill out the simple one-page nomination form, include supporting materials as required, and e-mail or mail the nomination materials to the address below.

Nominations will be accepted until March 31, 2017!

Click here for more information on the WEF Industrial Awards!  And for more information about the internationally recognized WEF Awards, visit the homepage here.

Remember WEF Members, IWWC Members, and Local MA Members are all eligible for nomination!  Good luck!


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

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


  • Awards
    The committee 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 committee 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.

Upcoming Events

The WEF IWWC meets twice annually - at WEFTEC® in September, the Midyear Meeting in January - and has numerous active and ongoing projects throughout the year.

  • Mid Year 2017
    The Westin Colonade, Coral Gables, FL
    January 25-28, 2017
    Industrial Wastewater Committee Meeting: Friday, January 28, 2017 from 3:30-5:30 PM