Jul 07, 2011

WEF, ABC and AWWA Commit to Work Together to Protect Water Resources

Associations signed memorandum of understanding to pledge mutual support of initiatives

Representing a commitment of working together to protect of one of the world’s most precious resources, leaders from the Assn. of Boards of Certification (ABC), the American Water Works Assn. (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 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 said that 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.”

In addition to working together on activities which better the industry, David Flowers of WEF and Chuck Van Der Kolk of 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, said 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.”

“We see our long standing relationship with both organizations as critical in serving our member programs,” Chambers said.