March 28, 2014

IWA, WEF Strengthen Shared Commitment to Improved Water Management

New Memorandum Pledges Mutual Support, Facilitates Continued Collaboration

The Hague, 28.05.14 – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to accelerate joint work to grow and disseminate water knowledge and to serve and advance the global water profession.

The MOU, which builds on the long history of successful collaboration between the two leading water organizations, underscores the intent for continued work together toward improved water management. Specifically, WEF and IWA will seek opportunities for mutually beneficial joint activities, initiatives and special projects as well as support each other’s events and encourage continued collaboration between their shared members, the professionals working to protect and sustain the world’s water resources

“WEF is delighted about this important step to strengthen an already great working relationship with IWA on multiple fronts,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “As a result of this MOU, we can look forward to more exciting initiatives that support our mutual interest in improved water management through service to water professionals.”

Ger Bergkamp, Executive Director of the IWA, said, “The deepening collaboration between IWA and WEF underscores the commitment and determination of both organisations to improve water management, and to deliver solutions to meet the water challenges of the future. The MOU is an exciting development for the joint work of IWA and WEF going forward.”

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About IWA

The International Water Association (IWA) is a global network of water professionals that spans the continuum between research and practice, covering all facets of the water cycle. IWA membership comprises 10,000 individuals and 500 corporate members, working in 130 countries. The Association seeks to connect water professionals worldwide to lead the development of effective and sustainable approaches to water management.

About WEF

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more, visit