Government and Regulatory Affairs

WEF advocacy activities aim to educate WEF members and the water sector on public policy issues related to water quality and water resources, and equip them to play a greater role in water policy discussions.


The latest government affairs and legislative/regulatory articles, videos, and other content from throughout the organization and across the water sector.

Industrial Water Resources
U.S. EPA Proposes Drinking Water Regulations for PFAS

On March 14, 2023, the U.S. EPA proposed a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) to establish legally enforceable Maximum Contamination Levels (MCLs) ...

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Decentralized Systems
Appropriations Set Stage for Stormwater Centers of Excellence

Federal government earmarks $3 million to extend the reach of leading stormwater infrastructure researchers.

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Climate Change
White House Releases Plan to Scale Up Nature-Based Solutions Nationwide

Announced during a United Nations convention on climate change in November, two recent White House-authored reports detail new efforts to spur green infrastructure

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Government & Regulatory Affairs
U.S. EPA Clarifies ‘WOTUS’

On December 30, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the publication of its final rule on the definition of the Waters of the United ...

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Funding & Financing
U.S. Congress Reaches Agreement on Fiscal Year 2023 Budget

On Dec. 20, negotiators in the U.S. Congress released its final fiscal year 2023 (FY23) Omnibus Appropriations package that will fund the federal government through ...

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Government & Regulatory Affairs
Radhika Fox in the WEFTEC Live Studio

WEFTEC Live welcomed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox to share her viewpoints.

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Featured Government & Regulatory Affairs Resources

WEF engages in appropriate and nimble advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues to improve the scientific and technical foundation for water quality laws and regulations, support the need for continued progress in controlling pollution, protect public health and the health of aquatic ecosystems, and promote sustainable management of water resources.

WEF works closely with its membership to educate Congress on clean water issues impacting their districts and states and disseminates information on Congressional activities to WEF members via meetings, webcasts, and emails. WEF also collaborates with other organizations to provide support or comment on pending legislation affecting the clean water community.

Water Advocates

Let’s speak with a loud, united voice for water. The Water Advocates Program helps you to reach out to and connect with elected officials on important water quality issues.

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Position Statements

WEF has developed a series of clean water position statements to guide the critical work WEF provides in clean water policy.

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Canadian Water and Wastewater Association

CWWA is a nationally registered not-for-profit corporation representing the common interests of Canada’s public sector municipal water and wastewater services and their private sector partners that support them.

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Value of Water

As a critical part of our mission, WEF works to elevate clean water, the water profession, clean water services, and the infrastructure that supports it as essential to protecting public health, the environment, and quality of life.

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WEF Government Affairs Community

The members of the WEF Government Affairs Community and its Focus Groups help to position WEF as a recognized expert voice on all water as well as provide input on environment-related policies through actions including engagement with government officials and written comments and testimony on regulatory and legislative matters.

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