Water Environment Federation holds inaugural meeting of Infrastructure Task Force

As a fitting conclusion to its annual Washington Briefing, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) held a successful inaugural meeting of its Infrastructure Task Force on Tuesday, April 27 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.


ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 30, 2004 - As a fitting conclusion to its annual Washington Briefing, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) held a successful inaugural meeting of its Infrastructure Task Force on Tuesday, April 27 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.

Charged with reviewing and addressing the issue of infrastructure management and investment in the United States, the Task Force recommitted to WEF's mission as an educational resource dedicated to helping the public and policymakers better understand the relationship between clean, safe water to public health.

"WEF is a public interest organization," said WEF Executive Director Bill Bertera. "Lack of access to clean water and safe sanitation can have extreme implications to public health and the productivity of a society; therefore, infrastructure is a major, primary interest for the Federation. The goal of the Task Force is to produce a series of products and activities that will translate to demonstrative results and take the issue into the court of public opinion."

The mission of the Task Force is to propose and promote a three-year educational program for the Federation that focuses on the health benefits of sustainable water infrastructure. Among the items discussed was the establishment of a value statement - clean water is an invaluable resource that requires the daily commitment of water quality professionals and a secure infrastructure to complete the goal of maintaining public health. "A well-maintained water infrastructure is the fabric that ties us together as a productive society," said Task Force Co-Chair Jim Canaday (Engineer-Director, Alexandria Sanitation Authority).

The Task Force will work over the next six months to establish the first phase of a public education campaign centered around three focus areas: public policy, utility management and public education. For more information about water infrastructure and the Federation, visit www.wef.org.

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (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.


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