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In 1987, WEF’s Task Force on Wastewater Biology met to discuss how to roll out a new manual, titled Wastewater Biology: The Microlife, at the 1988 WEF conference. Chairman Michael H. Gerardi requested volunteers to develop a preconference workshop on wastewater treatment microbiology. Thirty-five years later multiple sessions of this workshop still sell out every year at WEFTEC.

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WEF celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act during WEFTEC 2022. Watch as our distinguished guests discuss the act's many achievements and emerging challenges.

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Explore a fantastic lineup of speakers, events, and networking sessions throughout the Innovation Pavilion and the SDG Theater within the Drinking Water Pavilion at WEFTEC 2022.

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Check out this premier collection of WEFTEC Exhibitors and make plans to visit them online and at WEFTEC!

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Visit the WEFTEC Bookstore for book signings, expert demos, new books and training materials, and new merchandise.

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WEFTEC Live is returning in 2022 with more experts, interviews, and updates from throughout WEFTEC.

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is deeply concerned about the dire circumstances in Jackson, Miss., where the city’s...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued new, more rigorous drinking water health advisories for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Two of these levels are drastically more stringent than previous levels and likely mean hundreds, if not thousands, of drinking water systems nationwide will be affected. The agency also announced up to $5 billion in grant funding to help communities prepare and deal with these contaminants. Here is what water-sector utilities need to know.

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While some of the details and full descriptions are still being worked out, you can get a first look at what's in store for WEFTEC 2022 in New Orleans.

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This Viewpoint column from WEF's Patrick Dube describes how changing a community's habits relies on reaching a receptive audience through trusted sources with clear and actionable information.

In a neighborhood of Freetown, Sierra Leone, a project is underway to increase its water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) practices by creating a program to encourage handwashing.

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Dr. Edwin Oh is an Associate Professor in the UNLV School of Medicine and the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine. This presentation from WEFTEC 2021 explores how the decline in diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 is expected to delay the tracking of COVID-19 variants of concern and interest in the U.S. and how wastewater surveillance programs can provide an effective alternative.

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At WEFTEC 2021, WEF Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Sanderson visited the WEFTEC Live studio to talk about his role as CMO for WEF.

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This article, originally from Water Environment & Technology, covers the three core tasks to perform effective wastewater-based epidemiology, also known as wastewater surveillance.

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WEF is concerned about PFAS in communities. Protecting public health and the environment is the daily mission of water professionals. Utilities are not generators or users of PFAS so they should not be penalized by legislation or regulation.

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A study published by the Lancet reported that as of Jan. 2, 2020 the most common symptoms at onset of illness were fever [98%], cough [76%], and myalgia, or fatigue [44%]. Less common symptoms were sputum production [28%], headache [8%], haemoptysis (coughing up blood) [5%], and diarrhea [3%].

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