Public Health

Today's water industry operates complex treatment, collection, and distribution systems to protect public and ecological health, and using the data that can be collected through smart water technologies gives us unforeseen value as utilities work to address complex public health issues.


The latest public health 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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Emergency Response
Hear from the WEF Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Andrew Sanderson, MD, MPH of Howard University, discusses the connection between public health, environmental justice, and the water sector.

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Water & Wastewater Treatment
Words On Water #232: Tim Gerdes on Role of Wire Cloth and Mesh Screens

🎧 In this podcast episode of Words on Water #232, Tim Gerdes with Haver & Boecker talks about the filtration of micro plastics and the future of wire cloth and ...

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Climate Change
The Unique Stormwater System in New Orleans

WEFTEC was proud to be back in New Orleans with its distinctive topography and unique water challenges.

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Emergency Response
Wastewater SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Testing with ddPCR Technology

*Sponsored Content* By Bio-Rad -- Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) technology takes wastewater testing to the next level with the sensitivity and precision needed to ...

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Odors & Air Pullutants 2023

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