Utility Management

To respond to myriad daily challenges faced by water and wastewater utility leaders, WEF continuously works with its members and partners to develop a variety of management initiatives; resources; and educational, training, and networking opportunities.


The latest utility management articles, videos, and other content from throughout the organization and across the water sector.

Apply to Be a WEF Comms Scholar

The WEF Comms Scholarship helps communications professionals in the water sector attend WEFTEC. Ten winners will receive full conference and exhibition ...

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Our Blue World: A Water Odyssey Film to Launch on Earth Day 2024

A powerful new film exploring humanity’s profound relationship with water launches on Earth Day, 22 April, 2024, in New York City.

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Updated: WEF Responds to U.S. EPA PFAS Rules

On April 10, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released the final rule for a Safe Drinking Water Act Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL) regulation ...

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Save Big on WEF Publications Through 12/23

Save up to 30% on print and digital WEF publications through the end of the year!

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Industrial Water Resources
WEFTEC 2023 Exceeds Expectations

This year’s WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation's Technical Exhibition and Conference, lived up to its reputation as the water sector's leading marketplace for ...

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Talking Operations Challenge 2023

Each year at WEFTEC, Operations Challenge showcases the skills and expertise of wastewater professionals. The competition promotes teamwork, innovation, and the ...

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Featured Utility Management Resources

The featured resources below are just a sample of everything WEF has to offer. Search our entire website and technical resource database for more.


Envision Dashboard

This dashboard summarizes a 2021 WEF survey led by their Envision Task Force that queried respondents on the importance, reasoning and results of utilizing sustainability and Envision principles in their capital and O&M programs.

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Implementing Asset Management: A Practical Guid

Faced with the challenges of aging infrastructure, the lack of funding, and the desire to maintain affordable rates, while meeting the customers’ needs, utility managers are looking for more effective ways to make decisions about capital improvement and infrastructure maintenance.

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WISE Program

The WISE (Water Intrapreneurs for Successful Enterprises) program is designed to leverage a systemic approach to improve different aspects of managing a water-sector utility. The WISE mission is to apply system thinking and provide a methodology for utilities to improve their capabilities and enable management practices focused on value and overall performance.

Explore the WISE Methodology

Improving Utilities with Systems Thinking

Subtitled "Improving Utilities with Systems Thinking: People, Process, and Technology," this book helps utility leaders better understand how groups can work together to ensure better performance, add value, and increase utility well-being. 

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Financing & Charges for Wastewater Systems

Focusing on issues of increasing urgency, this comprehensive manual of practice teaches the reader expert methods for handling all financial aspects of wastewater collection and treatment. Created and peer-reviewed by international authorities at the Water Environment Federation.

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The Energy Roadmap

The Energy Roadmap serves as a guide for utilities of all sizes on the path to sustainable energy management. In it, you will explore innovative approaches to cost-effectively recover and reuse resources to transform “wastes” to valuable products.

Navigate the Energy Map

Automation of Water Resource Recovery Facilities

As automation continues to be a growing component of the water industry, new technologies and applications are constantly being developed and are producing great benefits.

More About Automation

The LIFT Program

The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) Program is an interactive forum that supports collaboration, evaluation, and testing to accelerate the deployment of innovative research and technologies across the water sector.

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28 March


Together, the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation are once again partnering to offer this prestigious gathering of utility executives and managers.

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The Utility Management Community

The main goal of the UMC is to promote the adoption of effective and sustainable management practices across all aspects of wastewater utility operations. Community members work to develop appropriate and timely educational and outreach tools and techniques (workshops, presentations, webinars, white papers, technical sessions, and manuals of practice) to educate and train utility managers at all levels.

UMC contains five subcommittees - Facilities Management, Finance and Administration, CIP Planning and Delivery, Strategic Organizational Practices, and Workforce Sustainability - to help target their efforts.

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WEF is a source of high-quality technical resources featuring the latest research, news, and education. WEF's members and other credible resources have created and compiled this information into the Practice Area groupings listed in the dropdown menu.