Water Environment Federation, McGraw-Hill join for 'WEFPress'

First three titles in new publishing agreement to be released at WEFTEC


ALEXANDRIA, VA, Aug. 11, 2004 -- The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has launched a new business alliance with publisher McGraw-Hill Professional. WEFPress, a WEF trademark, will focus on publication of a full-range of water quality books, including manuals of practice (MOPs), special publications and training products. A total of eight to 12 titles are expected to go to press each year.

"WEF and McGraw-Hill are well-respected technical publishers with strong brands in their respective channels," said WEF President Lawrence P. Jaworski. "Combining WEF's strength as the leading source of water quality information with McGraw-Hill's publishing expertise will enable the Federation to increase the number of titles to market and reach users beyond our core membership."

WEF has worked with McGraw-Hill for several years, largely as a reseller of its many titles. Due to the Federation's reputation as a respected publisher of high quality technical books for the water quality community, McGraw-Hill proposed the joint development of WEFPress.

"McGraw-Hill has a major commitment to developing educational materials, worldwide," said Michael Hays, vice president and group publisher of the Scientific, Technical and Medical division of McGraw-Hill Professional. "The creation of WEFPress aligns with McGraw-Hill's commitment to improving education within the water quality community. We are proud to work with the Federation to develop and distribute books that expand the available resources on water quality and build on our track record of success.

The first group in the publication series, "Technology for the Water Quality Professional" will include the following titles: Upgrading and Retrofitting Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants, Implementing GIS and Financing and Charges for Wastewater Systems. All three will be released during WEFTEC.04, the Federation's 77th annual Technical Exhibition and Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, Oct. 2-6, and be available for purchase in the conference bookstore.

About WEF
Founded in 1928, WEF is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with members from varied disciplines who work toward the WEF vision of preservation and enhancement of the global water environment. The WEF network includes water quality professionals from 79 member associations in over 30 countries.

About McGraw-Hill
McGraw-Hill Professional, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, is a leading provider of professional materials for the scientific, technical, medical, computing and business fields. McGraw-Hill Education is a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, a global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education, and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor's and Business Week. Founded in 1888, the corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2003 were $4.8 billion.

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