The Water Environment Federation has developed a series of clean water policy and position statements to guide the critical work WEF provides in clean water policy.

The statements provide the public and clean water professionals with an understanding of how WEF approaches the work of ensuring the availability of clean water. Existing statements are regularly reviewed and updated through the leadership of the Government Affairs Committee, and new statements are developed as new topics arise in the clean water sector. WEF members contribute to the development and updating of these documents through collaborative efforts between various technical committees and the Government Affairs Committee.

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WEF members and staff are currently working to update and develop several position statements, which will be posted as soon as they are approved by the WEF Board of Trustees.  If you have any questions about  Policy and Postion statements, please email Amy Kathman at akathman@wef.org.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Position Statement Approved by the WEF Board of Trustees: July 12, 2019

Background

In 2015, the United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Development Agenda titled “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” as a call to action for all countries to work towards peace and prosperity for people and the planet. This agenda outlined 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to thematic areas such as water, energy, and climate; with associated targets and indicators.

SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation, features targets for water reuse, access, affordability, resiliency, integrated water resources management, reduction in untreated wastewater, and enhanced research and development for water technologies; each of which water professionals around the world contribute to every day.  The work of water professionals also directly impacts most of the other SDGs including SDG 2 - Zero Hunger; SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being;  SDG 5 – Gender Equality; SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy; SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities; SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production; SDG 13 - Climate Action; SDG 14 - Life below Water; and SDG 15 - Life on the Land.

Alignment With WEF’s Mission and Critical Objectives

Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment.  WEF's mission, programs, and activities support the objectives of the SDGs, aligning with many, in particular SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation.

Position

WEF supports the objectives of the UN SDGs and recognizes the work that its members, member associations, and the water sector as a whole contribute to furthering progress towards these goals globally. WEF’s programs and activities advance progress toward these goals by:

  • Establishing the conditions that promote accelerated development and implementation of innovative technologies and approaches. This includes fostering research and innovation, accelerating resource recovery, and cultivating the water workforce of the future.
  • Generating increased public awareness of the value of water, water professionals, and resource recovery, leading to increased funding to protect water quality and advance resource recovery.
  • Providing a broad range of content and programing, as well as opportunities for water professionals to learn and share information.
  • Leveraging a global network of water professionals

WEF will continue to foster progress towards achievement of the SDGs by:

  • Increasing water sector and public awareness of the SDGs and their importance, as well as of the work that water professionals are doing to further progress towards achievement of these goals.
  • Seeking opportunities to build upon the work currently being done and to collaborate with our member associations and partners around the world to advance progress towards achievement of the SDGs in the spirit of SDG 17 - Partnership for the Goals.

Stormwater

Position Statement Approved by the WEF Board of Trustees: March 27, 2019

WEF will advocate and promote the following priorities for the effective and efficient management of stormwater runoff in the built environment:

Read 'Stormwater Runoff in the United States Built Environment Position Statement'

WEF Environmental Policy Statement

The Water Environment Federation is committed to fulfilling its mission to preserve and enhance the global water environment by reducing the environmental effects of its activities and helping others in the water sector to do the same. Members, volunteer leaders, partner organizations, and other associations in the water sector look to the federation as a leader that often serves as a model for others.

Water Reuse

Background

Traditional water supplies in many parts of the world are becoming inadequate to sustainably meet the needs of communities. Population growth, development, droughts, over-drafting of groundwater, and climate change are straining water resources and altering the way communities plan for future demands and uses of water. There is a clear need to more effectively use water resources to provide reliable, high-quality, and affordable potable supplies to communities. Where limited water supplies are increasingly inadequate.

Read WEF's Water Reuse Position Statement

More WEF Advocacy Programs

WEF pursues many different advocacy and outreach through several programs aimed at various audiences. Explore these opportunties via the links below.