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



Ian Fife, 2018 - 2020
Tel:  801-290-5528


Mark Knight, 2018 - 2020


Staff Liaison

Bri Nakamura
Tel: 703-684-2439

Don't Miss Industrial Events at WEFTEC 2018!

W14 Fundamentals of Produced Water Treatment in the O&G Industry is a joint workshop between IWWC and PWS! You won't want to miss it!

WEFTEC is the perfect place to network and learn from fellow professionals in the industry!  This year WEFTEC will be in New Orleans, LA on September 29-October 3, 2018.  The IWWC has worked to coordinate several can't miss events at WEFTEC including:


Technical Sessions!

  • The industrial lineup of technical sessions is always a highlight of WEFTEC, especially the kick-off Session 101 Exploring the Tensions Within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus!
  • Over 14 technical sessions and 3 mobile sessions covering various industrial topics from petroleum refining to innovative biological treatment of brewery and beverage waste, and many more!

Meetings and Reception!

  • Meet and learn more about the IWWC at our Committe Meeting on Monday, October 1 from 12:00-1:00 PM!
    • Know of a subcommittee you're interested in?  Subcommittee's will be meeting on Tuesday, October 2 from 7:00-8:30AM.
  • Network with the best at the Industrial Reception on Monday, October 1 from 5:00-6:15PM!

For more information about the industrial related events and sessions at WEFTEC visit the WEFTEC Industrial Focus Page!

And if you haven't already done so, register for WEFTEC 2018 at the button below!  See you in New Orleans!

Register for WEFTEC


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.

  • WEFTEC 2018
    New Orleans Morial Convention Center
    New Orleans, LA
    September 29-October 3, 2018
    Industrial Wastewater Committee Meeting: Monday, October 1, 2018 from 12:00-1:00 PM in Room 286