- Education & Training
In a 2011 Position Statement on Renewable Energy Generation, the Water Environment Federation stated that “WEF believes that wastewater treatment plants are not waste disposal facilities, but rather water resource recovery facilities that produce clean water, recover nutrients (such as phosphorus and nitrogen), and have the potential to reduce the nation’s dependence upon fossil fuel through the production and use of renewable energy.”
In 2013, The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), released the Water Resources Utility of the Future… Blueprint for Action. The document was prepared because of the unprecedented challenges faced by wastewater agencies and the need to change traditional ways of thinking to meet these challenges.
In 2015, an interagency work group composed of the National Science Foundation, United States Department of Energy, and United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published a report on an Energy-Positive Water Resource Recovery Workshop, which stated, “As water treatment facilities, pipes, and related infrastructure in cities around the country approach the end of their expected service life, a unique window of opportunity exists to replace the aging infrastructure with the WRRF of the Future—reducing stress on energy systems, decreasing air and water pollution, building resiliency, and driving local economic activity.”
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