The Water Environment Federation’s Laboratory Practices Committee (WEF LPC) is made up of volunteer members from academia, consulting firms, utilities, government agencies, and manufacturers. WEFLPC develops technical products to promote general understanding of laboratory practices for water and wastewater. Membership is open to all WEF members.

Scope of committee activities include:

  • Development of, workshops, seminars, training, and technical sessions for WEFTEC® and other events
  • Development of publications related to laboratory practices topics
  • Support development of the Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewaterpublication through the Standard Methods Subcommittee
  • Submission of comments to pending laboratory related regulations, guidance, and accreditation entities such as The NELAC Institute (TNI)
  • Development of public outreach presentations expressing laboratory practices issues
  • Partnering with other organizations in development of laboratory practices activities
  • Distribution of an e-newsletter


Committee members volunteer through:

  • Attendance at meetings
  • Participation in subcommittees
  • Participation in WEFCOM discussions
  • Other volunteer activities such as writing articles for the WEF magazine, WE&T.

The Laboratory Practices Committee meets in person once a year at the WEF annual WEFTEC® conference and three times a year via phone.

All committee members are invited to initiate and/or participate in online LPC discussions and upload or access documents via the WEFCOM Laboratory Practices Community.

For more information on participating as an active member in WEF LPC, review these guidelines or contact the LPC chair.

Learn more about WEFCOM

To apply to this committee, please go to [email protected] and send an email with the following information:

  • Name
  • WEF ID Number
  • Committee of Interest
  • A short explanation of why you would like to join this committee (1 – 2 sentences).


Amber Baylor, 2021 - 2023
Tel: (949) 633-1218
Email: [email protected]
Kevin O'Brien 
Tel:(708) 744-7104
Email: [email protected]

Staff Manager
Trudi Bick
Tel: 703-684-2400, ext 7830
Email: [email protected]

Educational Content Sharing

In an effort to share best practices, innovation and the latest information for lab analysts, the WEF Lab Practices Committee (LPC) will link to educational content that has been used (and is owned) by WEF member associations. (WEF LPC is not hosting the material but is linking to it.)

The goal of this effort is to provide a warehouse of useful webcasts, seminars, etc. that can be accessed by audiences from all over the country. We believe that there is material that just needs to be shared in order to educate larger audiences. 

Please contact Mary Johnson ([email protected]) or John Rigdon ([email protected]) with suggestions of webinars/workshop content that you recommend we obtain or with topics you would like to see. 

Laboratory Ethics
Environmental Laboratory Ethics Tool Kit

Commttee Call Guest Speaker Presentations:

Molecular Techniques for Wastewater Analyses, (Hanah Thompson, 10/202

The Water and Wastewater Lab's COVID-19 Update (Rasha Maal-Bared, EPCOR)(5/2020)

Analytical methods for PFAS in environmental media (Chris Impellitteri, EPA)(9/30/2020)

Correlation Study: TOC, 5-day BOD, CBOD in Water Reclamation Plant Influent and Effluent (Dominic Brose, MWRDGC)(2/2021)

Wastewater Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Southern Nevada

IWEA Laboratory Workshop Handbook


Standard Methods Subcommittee

Webcast Subcommittee

LPC Member Association e-Newsletter Subcommittee



Coliphage Analyses for Wastewater and Recreational Waters: Update on Methods and Regulations
Introduction to the 2017 Method Update Rule
Coliform Analytical Methods and Data Application in Wastewater and Recreational Waters
Coliphages: What You Need To Know And How Will Laboratories, The Regulatory Community And The Public Be Impacted? (Open Access Webcast)
Laboratory Tools for Continuous Improvement
Can You Trust Your TSS to Improve Process Control?
Using TOC to Replace BOD Requirements