News | July 8, 2011

WEF, ABC And AWWA Strengthen Shared Commitment To Protecting Water Resources

Source: Water Environment Federation (WEF) - WEFTEC

Memorandum of Understanding Pledges Mutual Support of Organizations' Initiatives

Representing a commitment of working together to protect of one of the world's most precious resources, leaders from the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF) have renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

"It is with honor that we join AWWA and WEF in a renewal of our Memorandum of Understanding," said Jenny Chambers, ABC President, prior to signing the document.

ABC was established in 1972 with funding from both WEF and AWWA, and over the years has partnered with each organization on numerous efforts. The MOU further defines the partnership, and serves as a document pledging support to each organization's initiatives.

"AWWA values our relationship with ABC and WEF," said David LaFrance, AWWA Executive Director. LaFrance says the MOU also solidifies a commitment to common work. "The professional training and certification accomplished through ABC, AWWA, and WEF advances public health protection and the good stewardship of water resources," he said.

In addition to working together on activities which better the industry, David Flowers, WEF, and Chuck Van Der Kolk, AWWA, serve as representatives for their organizations on ABC's Board of Directors. Both Flowers and Van Der Kolk were present as the document was signed last month.

Jeff Eger, WEF Executive Director, says the significance of the MOU cannot be underscored. "Our industry is facing a number of critical issues, and our partnership with ABC and AWWA can serve to help meet those needs."

Chambers echoes Eger's thoughts. "We see our long standing relationship with both organizations as critical in serving our member programs."

About ABC
Established in 1972, the Association of Boards of Certification is dedicated to protecting public health and the environment by advancing the quality and integrity of environmental certification programs through innovative technical support services, effective information exchange, professional and cost-effective examination services, and other progressive services for members. For more information, visit

About AWWA
AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment. For more information, visit

About WEF
Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF and its Member Associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Water Environment Federation (WEF) - WEFTEC