The Water Environment Federation is a nonprofit association that provides technical education and training for thousands of water quality professionals who clean water and return it safely to the environment. WEF members have proudly protected public health, served their local communities and supported clean water worldwide since 1928. 

WEF's Strategic Plan

At WEF, we have set our sights on new horizons and are operating under a new Strategic Plan. Our vision for the future is life free of water challenges.

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WEF Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

WEF celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the #CleanWaterAct during #WEFTEC 2022! Watch as our distinguished Waterside Chat panelists discuss the many achievements and emerging challenges of the act.

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WEF's new President, Ifetayo Venner

Get to know WEF's new President, Ifetayo Venner, in this WEFTEC Live interview! Learn about her journey in water, including her water experiences growing up in the Caribbean to her diverse work with Arcadis North America. She also shares her excitement about WEF's new strategic plan, which will help us move toward a life free of water challenges.

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🎧 Listen to this podcast interview with new WEF President Ifetayo Venner, who discusses her journey in water, from her time growing up in the Caribbean to her work for Arcadis. Ifetayo also talks about WEF’s direction under its new strategic plan.

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Today marks World Toilet Day, and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), a UN-Water Partner, is committed to engaging the water community in this public education effort. Read the latest blog from Laila Sukkariyyah, WEF Senior Manager of Global Programs, detailing WEF’s support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on SDG 6, Clean Water and Sanitation, which calls for universal access to adequate and equitable sanitation by 2030.

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At WEF, we have set our sights on new horizons and are operating under a new Strategic Plan. Our vision for the future is life free of water challenges.

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To prepare for her new role as WEF biosolids director, Maile Lono-Batura canvassed the biosolids community to gather insights on what the sector is getting right, what isn’t working and how the sector can course-correct or reinvent itself where it is missing the mark.

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WEF's newest operator training manual is designed to help you master the concepts and practices you need to be confident on exam day and throughout your career! Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals III covers advanced wastewater treatment and helps operators prepare for the third and fourth levels of certification examinations.

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Perhaps no aspect of water and wastewater treatment is more important than the workforce that performs the day-to-day work needed to provide safe drinking water and to protect our public waterways.

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is recognizing 15 utilities for significantly reducing nutrient pollution, one of the leading problems for the health of waterways across the U.S. The utilities were selected through Nutrient Smart (NSmart), a collaboration between WEF and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize utilities that have demonstrated nitrogen or phosphorus reductions and developed robust community outreach programs.

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There are many ways to contribute to WEF, as well as opportunities for engagement. Here are the means to support WEF financially.

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WEF has launched its CE Credit Archive to let you track your earned credits, access your continuing education documents anytime, and serve as an archive for state reporting.

The archive currently includes CE Credit records for WEFTECs 2016 through 2020 (WEFTEC Connect) and past WEF Education and Training events, beginning in 2017.

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Work for Water is a valuable resource for job seekers, students and veterans interested in pursuing or advancing careers in the water sector.

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WEF/AWWA Utility Management Conference 2023

  • Register today for the WEF/AWWA Utility Management Conference 2023 in Sacramento, California, to join water and wastewater managers and professionals at one of the leading, most informative, and most prestigious management conferences in the water sector.