WaterWorks: EPA Recovery Act funds awarded, Carolina water war, WEF-AWS partnership

May 2009 Vol. 64 No. 5

Partnership will promote good practices among large water users, providers

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is planning to partner with the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), an international group of like-minded organizations that promotes responsible use of water resources. WEF will participate in a three-year plan to help develop a set of principles and good practices for large water users and providers, including industry and all types of water utilities.

“Insufficient and unsafe water supplies affect over a billion people worldwide and cause an estimated 1.6 million water-related deaths every year,” said WEF Vice President Paul Freedman. “When it comes to water, smart conservation, effective allocation and wise use is essential. As professional stewards of the water environment, WEF has a responsibility to lead and help establish practices that will ensure a sustainable future for clean water and is why we are supporting the AWS.”

Specifically, WEF will provide a utility perspective and other water sector input in the development of global watershed certification and international water stewardship standards over the next three years. In addition, WEF will assist in efforts to secure funding for the AWS via cooperative agreements with agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other institutions.

New date, venue for Water Expo China 2009

This year’s Water Expo China will now be held at the Beijing Exhibition Center, Beijing, China from Nov. 18-20 and will run concurrently with the 4th Water Summit Conference.

Organized by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) and the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society (CHES), Water Expo China is the only fair sponsored by China’s Ministry of Water Resources and approved by the Ministry of Commerce.

For more information about Water Expo China, email Estelle Ni at estelle.ni@china.messefrankfurt.com or visit www.waterexpochina.com.