WEF's peer-reviewed standards and other publications are intended to provide information through a review of technical practices and detailed procedures that research and experience have shown to be functional and practical. These peer-review standards and other publications are essential to helping water quality professionals enhance their skills, further their technical knowledge, and advance their careers.

Technical Publications
WEF’s Technical Publications include essential standards and Manuals of Practice (MOPs), which document the established best practices in the industry, as well as special publications on emerging topics. All WEF technical publications are peer-reviewed and developed by industry experts. Visit ShopWEF to browse and purchase WEF Publications.

Study Guides
WEF Study Guides are designed for today’s professional operators. Our guides cover a wide range of facility operations including, biosolids, collection systems, laboratory testing, and wastewater operations. Several of our guides are written in conjunction with ABC and C2EP to help operators prepare for the certification examinations. To browse our Study Guides, please visit ShopWEF.

New & Noteworthy

The Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals Series   LATEST EDITION ADDED!

Design of Wastewater and Stormwater Pumping Stations MOP FD-4, 3rd Edition Pre-order Today!

Basic Laboratory Procedures for the Operator-Analyst, 6th Edition  NEW!

Urban Stormwater Controls Operation and Maintenance  NEW!

Improving Utilities with Systems Thinking: People, Process, and Technology NEW!

Third Century of Biochemical Oxygen Demand, 2nd Edition NEW!

Water Quality Instrumentation NEW!

Affordability of Wastewater Services, 2nd Edition NEW!

Information Technology for Water and Wastewater Utilities, MOP 33, 2nd Edition NEW!

Technologies for CMOM Activities in Wastewater Collection Systems NEW!

Disaster and Emergency Planning for Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, 2nd Edition  

Wastewater Collection Systems Management, MOP 7, 7th Edition 

Safety, Health, and Security Standards for Water Resource Recovery, MOP 1, 7th Edition 

Planning, Design and Implementation for New and Upgraded Water Resource Recovery Facilities, 2nd edition  (MOP 28) 

Energy in Water Resource Recovery Facilities, 2nd Edition (MOP 32) 

Industrial Water Reclamation and Reuse to Minimize Liquid Discharge 

Peracetic Acid Disinfection: Implementation Considerations for Water Resource Recovery Facilities

Stormwater, Watershed and Receiving Water Quality Modeling

Odor Emissions and Control for Collection Systems and Water Resource Recovery FacilitiesMOP 25, 2nd Edition

Design of Water Resource Recovery Facilities, MOP 8, 6th Edition

Sustainability and Energy Management for Water Resource Recovery Facilities

Operation of Water Resource Recovery Facilities, MOP 11, 7th Edition 

Operation of Water Resource Recovery Facilities Study Guide



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The Making of a WEF Manual of Practice

WEF's flagship Manual of Practice, Operation of Water Resource Recovery Facilities, MOP 11, is the one and only definitive resource. In this video, learn about the key elements of the publication, how you can use the book in your work, and the rigorous process that WEF and our volunteers go through to create these manuals for our members and peers. To learn more about the book, visit wef.org/MOP11.

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Flagship Publications

Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals
These peer-reviewed resources help operators prepare for the first three levels of certification examinations. They align with updated Need-to-Know Criteria from the Association of Boards of Certification and are based on WEFs extensive existing resource collection. After learning from real-life examples, users may actively apply the material they learn to situations they encounter in their day-to-day work. Learn more.

Design of Water Resource Recovery Facilities, MOP 8, 6th Edition
MOP 8 is the principal reference for contemporary plant design practices of wastewater engineering professionals, augmented by performance information from operating facilities. Purchase your copy.

Operation of Water Resource Recovery Facilities, MOP 11, 7th Edition
This essential text delivers state-of-the-art coverage of the operation, management, and maintenance of water resource recovery facilities. Purchase your copy.

Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 24rd Edition
Since 1905, Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater has represented "the best current practice of American water analysts." This comprehensive reference covers all aspects of water and wastewater analysis techniques. Standard Methods is a joint publication of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Standard Methods is available in print and as an online subscription. To subscribe to Standard Methods Online, visit www.StandardMethods.org. Order the Print Edition Here.

Write for WEF

Write for WEF
Authoring a WEF publication is an excellent opportunity to establish your reputation as a water quality expert, expand your professional network, and give back to the industry.

The majority of WEF technical publications originate with our technical committees. The best way to become involved in the development of WEF books and resources is to join the technical committee that are most relevant to your expertise and volunteer as writing opportunities arise.

When a publication is being considered, WEF staff post a call for authors to the relevant committees via WEFCOM, our members-only social network, e-mail, and social media.

Potential authors are asked to submit a resume for review by the project chair. Authors with the most relevant experience will be invited to join the project as authors and others will be asked to serve as reviewers.

We enthusiastically encourage students and young professionals to serve as authors on our publications—the experience offers a dynamic networking opportunity for students and YPs and fresh perspectives for our established authors.

All WEF authors must be WEF members for the duration of the publication development process.

Unsolicited Proposals
WEF is always seeking new opportunities to provide our audience with top-notch technical and educational resources. We welcome water-related publication and product proposals from outside the usual channels. When submitting a proposal, please follow the submission guidelines below.

Submission Process
Publication proposals are reviewed and approved by WEF's Technical Practice Committee. To propose a new publication, download and complete the WEF Publication Proposal. Submit your proposal via email to [email protected].

Review for WEF
WEF reviewers are integral to ensuring the technical quality, integrity, and success of WEF publications. Anyone in the water quality industry is welcome to submit review comments on publications in development. Calls for reviewers are communicated via relevant WEF technical committees and social media.

Explore Other WEF Publications

WEF publishes a variety of technical publications, including newsletters, manuals of practice and other books, magazines, and journals. WEF publications cover a wide variety of topics and reach both U.S. and international audiences.

WEF members receive up to a 20% discount on WEF publications.