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WEF and WERF get NACWA and others to a meeting on technology and innovation


The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) recently convened a meeting with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the EPA, and water sector users.  The meeting served as an initial information sharing session for the different parties to discuss various ongoing initiatives to promote innovation in the water sector.

WEF and WERF are collaborating on the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) program, and provided the participants with an overview of the program's objectives and how it complements other water sector initiatives, including the recently released "Water Resources Utility of the Future...A Blueprint for Action," developed collaboratively with NACWA, WEF, and WERF.

Key EPA staff participated in the meeting and briefed the organizations on the Agency's efforts to promote innovation across all of EPA's programs.

The organizations agreed that it will be important to continue to coordinate efforts relating to the LIFT program, the Utility of the Future initiative, and EPA's innovation initiative, and discussed potential next steps to build on the synergies that exist among these various efforts.