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Participate in LIFT Survey and Scholarship Exchange Program

November 12, 2016

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF; Alexandria, Va.) have launched the Water Technology Survey to get a better picture of the technologies used in the water sector and how they are implemented. Personnel from municipal wastewater, stormwater, and drinking water agencies, and industrial organizations familiar with water […]

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Member Associations Join LIFT to Advance Innovation

October 17, 2016

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Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Member Associations (MAs) now can get involved in the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT). The joint WEF/Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF; Alexandria, Va.) initiative works to expedite the process of adopting new technology and provides current information on the newest water sector trends and data. In addition […]

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California Energy Commission Awards $2 Million To Demonstrate Water Recovery and Energy Savings

September 21, 2016

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As part of a project supported by water and energy organizations including the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), the California Energy Commission will grant $2 million to Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW; Redwood City, Calif.) and Stanford (Calif.) University to demonstrate the potential benefits of a staged anaerobic fluidized-bed membrane bioreactor, also called “SAFE” […]

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U.S. Department of Energy Accelerates Adoption of Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure

June 25, 2016

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On May 11, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced The Wastewater Infrastructure Accelerator. Through the initiative, the department will work with state, regional, and local agencies that engage with water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) to accelerate a path toward sustainable infrastructure. It builds on and leverages a portfolio of work, resources, and partnerships established […]

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RainWorks Challenge Draws Students to Design for Stormwater Reduction

June 24, 2016

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Winners of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge showed the potential for stormwater management projects at universities. The designs showcased such benefits as mitigating 4540 Mg (5000 tons) of carbon dioxide in Texas, adding 803 m2 (8640 ft2) of pedestrian space in Maryland, implementing 29 green infrastructure techniques at a campus […]

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WERF and WateReuse Merge To Advance Concept of One Water

June 20, 2016

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The Water Environment Research Foundation and the WateReuse Research Foundation have merged to form the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF; Alexandria, Va.). The merger, announced May 9, brings together the organizations’ expansive portfolio of research on water, wastewater, and stormwater topics. It also reflects on the sector’s movement toward the concept of “one water,” […]

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WERF Receives Self-Sustaining Funding

December 25, 2015

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On Sept. 29, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF; Alexandria, Va.), Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD; Virginia Beach, Va.), and DC Water (Washington, D.C.) entered into an agreement that will provide self-sustaining funding for WERF research. The restricted fund, known as the WERF Research Fund, will be built from revenue generated from licensing a novel […]

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DOE, NSF, and U.S. EPA Seek Transformation to Water Resource Recovery Facility

December 23, 2015

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This graphic from the Energy-Positive Water Resource Recovery Workshop Report shows how energy efficient operations at water resource recovery facilities can produce water and other products. Photo courtesy of the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2015.

A Nov. 3 report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) promotes a change in terminology that was first publicly championed by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.). It uses the term water resource recovery facility (WRRF) instead of wastewater treatment plant “at the behest of the water treatment community to reflect a shift […]

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