WEF Members Support Global Wastewater Symposium in Developing Urban Areas

On April 5, Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) members contributed to a strong program for the Global Wastewater Symposium in Developing Urban Areas. The Global Water Alliance, in partnership with the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership/Wharton, hosted the event at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

Howard Neukrug, WEF member and professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, gave a keynote speech during the symposium. Jon Freedman, member of WEF’s Government Affairs committee and employee of GE Water (Trevose, Pa.), participated in a panel that discussed the challenges and successes of bringing technology to developing countries. Barry Liner, director of WEF’s Water Science & Engineering Center, also participated in the panel.

The symposium was held to educate about technical innovations that can help developing cities meet the water and sanitation targets set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6. Specifically, this goal outlines targets to reduce pollution, eliminate dumping of hazardous materials, and halve the proportion of untreated wastewater released into the environment.

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