WEF 2016-2017 President Rick Warner blogs about sharing a vision for water and more.

As president of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), it’s been an absolute privilege to travel throughout North America and across the world to represent WEF’s interests. This past year, I have had the honor of engaging our members and connecting with our strategic partner organizations.

Most of WEF’s efforts focus on supporting members’ search for solutions to infrastructure investments and water quality improvements in the U.S. But we also must acknowledge our role and responsibility to support the broader community of water professionals solving global issues. While we in the U.S. seem to debate affordability and cost of service, other locations around the world focus the message on water as a basic right for public health and economic security.

The value-of-water messaging of international organizations seems universally aligned and is encouraging. Several international conferences that I attended during the past year shared the common theme of creating lasting solutions to meet the United Nations’ (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals. In 2015, many countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Governments, businesses, organizations, and civil society have started to mobilize efforts to achieve this agenda. It calls for action by all countries to improve the lives of people everywhere.

I encourage all water professionals to join in helping meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and promote a shared vision for water. I also hope that WEF members will work to focus messaging on the Value of Water Campaign and efforts to create a sustainable supply of clean water for the future.

Excerpted from WEF Highlights, August 17, 2017 “From the President.” Read the entire article.

Rick Warner (far left) with 2016-2017 WEF Board

About Rick Warner

Past WEF President Rick WarnerRick Warner, P.E. is the 2016-2017 President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va. Rick also presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation. In addition, he is a senior engineer for the Washoe County (Nevada) Community Services Department. In that role he is responsible for planning, design, and construction for regional water resource recovery and recycled water projects.

Rick is actively engaged with several water reuse projects, and is presently co-leading a regional team developing Nevada’s first potable reuse project. Rick is a member of the WateReuse Association, the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation, and the Design Build Institute of America.

A WEF member since 1995, he has held multiple leadership and committee roles within WEF. He served on the House of Delegates for three years and is a member of the Utility Management and Water Reuse Committees. Also an active member of the Nevada Water Environment Association (NWEA), Rick served two times on the NWEA Board and as President from 2001-2002.

He is presently collaborating with Dr. Krishna Pagilla, Professor and Environmental Engineering Program Director at the University of Nevada, Reno to help create a Water Innovation Campus – an effort to advance water science and technology for municipal, industrial, and agricultural applications while enhancing the economic, social, and environmental aspects of the water environment.

Rick is a registered professional engineer in the state of Nevada. He received a B.S. and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Nevada.

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