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.

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The Water Quality People

Together, WEF and its members: 

  • research and publish the latest information on wastewater treatment and water quality protection;
  • provide technical expertise and training on issues including wastewater collection, treatment, reuse, and operations; residuals and utility management; sustainability; and emerging water quality issues such as microconstituents; 
  • sponsor conferences and other special events;
    review, testify, and comment on environmental regulations and legislation.


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.


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.


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Water Environment Laboratory Solutions

Whether you're an analyst-of-all-trades at a municipality or a water quality specialist at a commercial laboratory, we have the information you need to succeed. Water Environment Laboratory Solutions focuses on day-to-day laboratory concerns, as well as discussing certification issues, staff management approaches, and new & revised analytical methods.



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


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Professional association

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Water and Wastewater - Water Science and Research

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