Government Affairs & Public Policy

WEF's Government Affairs and Public Policy Program provides scientifically sound input on pending legislation and rulemaking affecting the water sector through testimony to Congress and comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At WEF’s annual conference, WEFTEC, the group presents sessions related to wastewater regulations and legislative issues. Please visit the pages below for more information.   


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Water Week

Get Ready for Water Week 2017!
March 19 – 24, Washington 

National Water Policy Forum, Fly-In & Expo 2017
March 20 – 22, 

National Water Policy Forum & Fly-In 2016  
Hosted by WEF, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the Water Environment Research Foundation, this event was held in April in Washington, in conjunction with Water Week 2016. The annual event helps inspire local, state, and national leaders and demonstrates the considerable value the water sector brings to environmental protection, economic development, and job creation.  You can still view and download materials, including a free webcast to help attendees prepare for their Congressional office visits.  Visit this page on the Water Week website for more tips and information to help you prepare for future Congressional visits.  If you have questions, email Steve Dye.  

WEF Needs YOU to be a Water Advocate!

Check out our new website!

Aging infrastructure, strict regulatory requirements, and continued economic pressures have put unprecedented stress on local governments and agencies that provide essential water services, but you can help! The Water Advocates program will create a network of water professionals in every state and community, in every congressional district, to get the word out about the value of water and steps needed to protect it. As part of the network, you’ll receive the training and information needed to become an effective Water Advocate for clean and safe water. It’s a great opportunity to help in specific ways, including letters to elected officials and newspaper editors, presentations to business and community organizations, and visits to legislative offices.

Water needs YOUR voice. Click here to view the flyer. To sign up, include your name, title, organization, address, e-mail, and phone number. Submit your information to wateradvocates@wef.org. After you sign up, you will be contacted with additional information.




» Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

WEF tracks legislation and regulation that has direct impacts on the water sector and works through the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) to disseminate timely and topical developments at the Federal level to the WEF membership.  The Government Affairs / Public Policy group and GAC work together to comment on regulations critical to the water sector and also engage with Congressional staff on pending water-related legislation.  Other activities include Congressional briefings and testimony, engagement with regulatory staff, and information dissemination to the WEF membership.  For more information, please visit the links below.

Legislative Affairs page » 

Regulatory Affairs page » 

Water for Jobs Webpage

Water Puts America to Work:  Investment in Water Infrastructure Creates Jobs, Drives Innovation, and Safeguards Public Health
– campaign to send a clear message to our elected officials and political candidates that investment in water infrastructure is an investment in America.



» Policy and Position Statements

Statements articulating the stance on a variety of issues by WEF's membership are regularly developed in conjunction with the Government Affairs Committee along with other technical committees within WEF.  These policy and position statements provide insights on topical concerns within the clean water community.

» This Week in Washington  

TWIW masthead 

This Week in Washington is a weekly publication of WEF’s Government Affairs department. It provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory developments that affect the water and wastewater communities.

2016 Issues 

November4 | 10 | 18 | 23 

October: 21 | 28 

September: 9 | 16 

August: 12 

July: 1 | 8 | 15 

June:  3 | 10 | 17 | 24 

May: 6 | 13 | 20 | 27 

April:  1 | 8 | 15 | 22 | 29 

March: 4 | 11 | 18 | 25 

Feb:  5  12  |  19 |  26  

Jan: 8 | 15 | 22 | 29 



State and Regional Issues

Canadian Government Affairs 
The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) and WEF have partnered to increase public understanding of water quality issues and to promote sound public policy.


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The Committee shall provide direction and leadership on the formation of government environmental policies, interaction with WEF members and MAs on these policies, and implementation of sound environmental policies. 

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