Thank you for your interest in the Water Leadership Institute. The 2020 Application will open on November 1st, 2019.  All applications must be submitted by 11:59PM EST on January 9th, 2020.

For the 2020 WLI, attendance at our in-person trainings is mandatory.  There will be a 2-day training in Alexandria, VA May 7-8, 2020 with optional half day tasks May 6th.  We will also have a one-day workshop at WEFTEC on Sunday, October 4th in New Orleans, LA.  Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.  If you aren’t sure your company will support your travel costs, please apply for a scholarship.

The application will be reviewed based on your answer to the four following questions.  Please note the updated word limits.

  • Short Bio (150 Word Limit) – Please use first person and make it personal.
  • Describe why you would like to be a part of the 2020 WLI (150 Word Limit)
  • List recent Leadership Training, Opportunities, or Positions - Professionally and Personally. (100 Word Limit)
  • List a leader you admire and why. (100 Word Limit)

Hear the perspective from some of our WLI Alumni in this WEF Water Blog and WEF Highlights Article


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"As an Operator, the WLI has shown me a side of the industry that I was never aware of or ever paid attention too. Working at a treatment plant focused on day to day operations; I was blind to how vast and divers it actually is. The arrangement of students ranged from operators, engineers, suppliers and scientist. The mixture of the groups and interactions really brought everything together and shined a new light on how I view the wastewater industry. It made me even more proud of what I do. The speakers and topics were really great and easy to relate to despite any position you’re in. If there was a part 2 I would be on it in a heartbeat!"

Robby Jones
Suffolk, VA