Water associations join U.S. government in launching China 'eco-partnership'

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) in China, and the U.S. water industry, propose to support the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) Ten-Year Framework on Energy and Environment by establishing a public-private partnership or "eco-partnership" to mobilize private sector expertise and resources to address water quality issues in China...

ALEXANDRIA, VA, Dec. 15, 2008 -- The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) in China, and the U.S. water industry, propose to support the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) Ten-Year Framework on Energy and Environment by establishing a public-private partnership or "eco-partnership" to mobilize private sector expertise and resources to address water quality issues in China.

The Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), and WateReuse Association will work with these U.S. government agencies and appropriate Chinese counterparts to address prior water needs, many of which have been identified in the Ten-Year Framework. The organizations will establish representation in China and share information on best practices to improve water quality in China. In return, China will identify priority projects for joint cooperation.

USTDA will contribute funding for management and training associated with this public-private partnership, covering technical seminars/workshops on priority areas of interest for China's Ministry of Environmental Protection. EPA will provide regulatory and policy guidance and FCS will provide outreach and other program support.

The primary aim of the partnership will be to combine U.S. private sector expertise and U.S. government resources to address China's priority water needs, while also supporting U.S. companies by promoting advanced U.S. technological solutions.

Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 35,000 individual members and 81 affiliated Member Associations representing an additional 50,000 water quality professionals throughout the world.

Formed in 1908, the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) is a non-profit trade organization representing companies that manufacture and provide technologies, products and services to municipal and industrial clients for water and wastewater applications, worldwide.

The WateReuse Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the beneficial and efficient use of water resources through education, sound science, and technology using reclamation, recycling, reuse and desalination for the benefit of our members, the public, and the environment.

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