WWEMA: Working for You
WWEMA is the leading organization of companies that manufacture and supply products to the water and wastewater industry. For more than 100 years, the association has provided a forum where disparate and often competing companies can come together to determine issues of common concern as well as strategies for tackling those issues. Among our recent efforts:
We promote fair trade and the elimination of barriers to fair trade for environmental goods and services.
- We've taken a stand against onerous "Buy American" provisions in a variety of bills affecting the water and wastewater industry. Such language results in infrastructure project delays, increased project costs, retaliation by our trading partners, and ultimately a loss of American commerce and jobs. Most recently, WWEMA has opposed "Buy American" language in the EPA 2016 Appropriations bill and in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 and has created an information portal on the issue.
- Through participation in the U.S. Office of Trade Representative's Trade and Environmental Policy Advisory Committee (TEPAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC), we have played an instrumental role in establishing a comprehensive list of water and wastewater products included in the recent trade agreement reached by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and in ongoing trade negotiations by the World Trade Organization. These agreements would lower or eliminate international tariffs on many of the water and wastewater treatment products our members produce, making it easier for them to expand and grow their market overseas.
WWEMA advocates for the use of value-based procurement practices, which take into account factors beyond lowest initial price and reward those companies that offer the greatest value in technology and service to their customers.
- In partnership with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, we published a joint document titled Optimizing Public Agency Purchasing Power, identifying procurement methods that can be used on public water and wastewater projects to achieve maximum ROI.
- We published a state-by-state comparison of procurement options allowed for use by projects receiving state revolving fund assistance as well as approved project delivery methods. Both this survey and Optimizing Public Agency Purchasing Power were heavily referenced in the April 2013 U.S. Conference of Mayors report, Municipal Procurement: Procurement Process Improvements Yield Cost-Effective Public Benefits.
- The Procurement Resources section of our website offers links to sample policies developed by municipalities that understand the advantages of value-based procurement.
WWEMA supports the creation of sustainable infrastructure financing mechanisms to build, maintain and replace our nation's water and wastewater infrastructure.
- WWEMA and its members are currently promoting legislation that would remove the state volume caps on private activity bonds for water and wastewater project investments. It is estimated that this measure could generate an additional $50 billion in capital over the next 10 years. WWEMA also supports increased funding for state revolving loan fund programs and the use of innovative funding mechanisms and public-private partnerships.
WWEMA protects manufacturers from unreasonable risks associated with onerous contract terms and conditions and levies.
- We have served on the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee and continue to serve on the ConsensusDocs Procurement Committee, helping to develop responsible industry contract procurement documents.
- Our Finance & Contracts Administration Council meets annually to share best practices on topics such as negotiation strategies, contract management, project delivery methods, collections, and INCO terms.
WWEMA works to eliminate barriers and unnecessary costs associated with acceptance and use of our members' products.
- We are supporting the Water Environment Federation's Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) program to promote adoption of innovative technologies and practices.
- In March 2013, WWEMA and the U.S. Water Alliance held an Innovating for Water's Future roundtable, bringing together industry leaders to discuss how to eliminate the barriers to the development and adoption of new technologies within the water industry.
- We co-chaired a technical session at both ACE13, ACE14, and ACE15 (American Water Works Association Convention) on Overcoming Barriers to Innovative Technology.
- As part of a coalition of water and construction industry groups, we successfully advocated for a bill that repealed the imposition of a 3 percent withholding tax on certain payments made to contractors by government entities. The bill overwhelmingly passed in the House and Senate and was signed into law.
- We were instrumental in the elimination of National Fire Protection Association standards prohibiting the use of fiberglass in products used in pumping stations and treatment plants.
WWEMA works to develop science-based environmental regulations that recognize the state of today's water and wastewater system technologies.
- We submitted comprehensive comments on Coast Guard Ballast Water Management regulations and advocated for the immediate adoption of the regulations to promote a national standard that is practical and achieveable.
- Our members and staff have served on a variety of federal committees, task forces and roundtables, including the EPA Disinfection By-Products Federal Advisory Committtee and the EPA Arsenic Small System Affordability Workgroup.
WWEMA advises federal agencies and departments on policies and programs to help bolster U.S. exports of environmental goods and services.
- We hold several seats on the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee, chaired by the U.S. Department of Commerce. As part of our work on the committee, we helped conduct a study of U.S. competitiveness in environmental goods and services.
- We support continued funding for the Ex-Im Bank.
- We participated in a U.S. Department of Commerce-sponsored Water Technology Industry Leadership Roundtable to identify opportunities for industry and the government to collaborate on improving international competitiveness.
WWEMA arms members with real-time information on legislative, regulatory, and policy issues that impact their businesses and provides critical information on market conditions and strategies.
- Our 42nd Washington Forum in April 2015 offered presentations on regulatory issues, new funding sources for the water sector, innovative and expanded opportunities for water technology, a look at the economy, and more effectively using digital media to reach new buyers.
WWEMA provides access to the lastest market news and opportunities.
- Available exclusively to members, the quarterly WWEMA Leading Indicators Index offers insights and near-term projections for market and funding conditions related to municipal water and wastewater projects.
- Our flagship publication, Washington Analysis, contains timely coverage of all legislative, regulatory, and international news affecting the market for water and wastewater technologies.
- Our weekly Member Bulletin emails keep members abreast of pertinent market data, business opportunities, regulatory and legislative activities, and industry news and developments.
WWEMA offers unmatched opportunities for networking and idea sharing among leaders in the industry.
- CEOs from leading manufacturers in the water and wastewater sector use WWEMA to make their companies more competitive and to increase their personal effectiveness through participation in our Presidents Council.
- Our Annual Meeting draws industry icons from the public and private sectors, who share their perspectives on where business is headed and how to effectively compete in today's rapidly changing marketplace.