Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization. WEF and its global network of Member Associations (MAs) help provide water quality professionals with the latest in water quality education, training, and business opportunities. WEF`s diverse membership includes scientists, engineers, regulators, academics, plant managers and operators, and other professionals working in the United States and around the world. As a membership organization, WEF uses the collective knowledge of its membership to further a shared goal of improving water quality.

About Us

Who We Are

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 33,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment. As a global water sector leader, our mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation.  

Previously called the Federation of Sewage Works Associations (1928), the Federation of Sewage and Industrial Wastes Associations (1950), and the Water Pollution Control Federation (1960); the name was changed to the Water Environment Federation in 1991 to reflect an expanded focus of non-point and point sources of pollution. 

WEF and its global network of members and Member Associations (MAs) provide water quality professionals around the world with the latest in water quality education, training, and business opportunities. WEF’s diverse membership includes scientists, engineers, regulators, academics, utility managers, plant operators, and other professionals. WEF uses this collective knowledge to further a shared goal of improving water quality around the world. 

With a staff of nearly 100, WEF is headquartered in Alexandria, Va., just outside of Washington, DC.

Membership Benefits

WEF is your link to a community of professionals, who, like you, are dedicated to improving water quality around the world, and WEF is also your link to resources vital to your career, including:

  • Publications - WEF membership includes a subscription to Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) and WEF Highlights.  Members also qualify for discounted subscription to additional WEF periodicals and newsletters.
  • Education and Training - WEF Members receive discounted access to the best water quality education and training today, including WEFTEC®, WEF Specialty Conferences, Workshops, Webcasts, Technical Manuals and Books, and WEF Training products.
  • Networking Opportunities - In addition to benefitting from WEFTEC® and other WEF events, as a member you will receive unique opportunities to expand your professional network, including Technical Discussion Groups online and your WEF Member Associations that provide a powerful local partnership to your WEF membership.
  • Tools to Succeed - WEF provides members with tools designed to enhance your career in water quality, including Leadership and Volunteer opportunities; information on up-to-date regulatory and policy changes through WEF's Regulatory Updates Service; listings of the latest job opportunities through the WEF Job Bank; and advocacy through WEF's contact with U.S. regulatory and legislative officials, congressional staff, and the media.
  • Peer Recognition - WEF members receive recognition through WEF's Distinguished Honors and Awards, through speaking opportunities at WEF technical events, and through authoring prospects for WEF publications.
  • And much more - Our members often join for one reason, only to discover the value of many of the others.  Join today and discover all that WEF has to offer.

History

WEF has guided technological development in water quality since 1928. Previously called the Federation of Sewage Works Associations (1928), the Federation of Sewage and Industrial Wastes Associations (1950), and the Water Pollution Control Federation (1960); the name was changed to the Water Environment Federation in 1991 to reflect an expanded focus of non-point and point sources of pollution.

WEF Employee Benefits

WEF Job Openings 

At WEF we offer our employees an outstanding benefits package designed to assist the employee, and any eligible dependents, in meeting the financial burdens that can result from illness, disability, and death, and to help employees plan for retirement, deal with job-related or personal problems, and enhance job-related skills. In 2015 WEF was recognized by the Washington Post as one of the top 150 workplaces in the greater metropolitan region.

WEF standard benefits include:

  • Flexible Leave Bank for Vacation, Illness, Etc.
  • Paid Holidays
  • Medical & Dental Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401K Plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts Plan
  • Mandated Benefits
  • Parking/Transportation Subsidies
  • Group Banking Benefits
  • Credit Union Affiliation
  • Direct Deposit
  • Travel Insurance

WEF policies and benefits may be altered or changed without notice.

About WEFGlobal

WEFGlobal's mission is to identify, develop and manage opportunities for WEF and its members to actively participate in educational, policy, technology, economic, and information sharing forums that affect the global water environment.

WEF promotes better management of water resources within the U.S. and abroad through participation at international wastewater conferences and meetings.  Global water events are just one part of WEF’s efforts to address the worldwide concerns of conserving water and managing the water supply and quality, issues that require a global perspective and the understanding that water use in varying sectors is interdependent. 

Numerous connections with international organizations help to increase WEF’s presence and our potential to promote Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) on a global scale, which includes relationships with two important bodies in the United Nations. Follow the links above to learn more about our global water projects and to view upcoming water industry events.  Clean water is important to the world's future and integrated water resource management is vital to providing global solutions.

FEATURED EVENTS

Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) 2016

WEFTEC the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the largest conference of its kind in North America and offers water quality professionals from around the world with the best water quality education and training available today. Also recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, the expansive show floor provides unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies

FEATURED TRAINING

FEATURED SERVICES

FEATURED BOOKS, CD-ROMS ...

Financing & Charges for Wastewater Systems - MOP 27

This manual illustrates methods of analyzing and allocating the operating and capital costs of collecting and treating wastewater, and shows how to formulate rates and charges that reasonably reflect the cost of service. Contents: Institutional Issues o Financial Management and Accounting for Wastewater Systems o Financing Capital Improvements o Determination of Revenue Requirements o Allocating Costs of Services to Cost-Causative Components o

Handbook on Sediment Quality

This first-of-its kind handbook is designed for environmental scientists and engineers dealing with water quality issues in water, wastewater or industrial treatment operations. Thoroughly addresses sorption processes, bioavailability, sediment collection and assessment techniques, toxicity testing, advantages and disadvantages of chemical sediment quality guidelines, and sediment quality modeling. This timely resource provides you with the kn

FEATURED MAGAZINES & JOURNALS

World Water

World Water is the premier international magazine for the water quality industry. World Water provides the most cutting-edge and helpful information on global water issues. The magazine will couple with WEF’s flagship publication, Water Environment & Technology (WE&T), to provide up-to-date technical and educational resources to the growing global water quality community. http://www.wef.org/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&

Water Environment & Technology (WE&T)

Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) is the premier magazine for the water quality field. WE&T provides information on what professionals demand: cutting-edge technologies, innovative solutions, operations and maintenance, regulatory and legislative impacts, and professional development.

FEATURED DOWNLOADS

EVENTS ATTENDED

Aquatech Amsterdam 2013, Odors and Air Pollutants 2010, The 11th China Water Show, The Pumper and Cleaner Environmental Expo International 2013, WETEX 2009 - Water, Energy Technology and Environment Exhibition, WWETT - Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show

INDUSTRIES SERVED

Company details

Business Type:
Professional association

Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater - Water Science and Research

Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Year Founded:
1928

Employees:
11-100

Office & Distributor locations:

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