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RMWEA Becomes the First LIFT Affiliate

The Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association (RMWEA) became the first organization to be recognized as a LIFT Affiliate in August 2016. LIFT is the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology, a program established within the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation (WE&RF ) and the Water Environment Foundation (WEF) to help bring new water technology to the field quickly and efficiently. LIFT provides for utilities evaluations of new technologies, support for effective technology development programs, along with training and education (http://www.werf.org/lift).

“RMWEA is at the vanguard of putting innovation into practice,” claims Dr. Barry Liner, Director of the Water Science & Engineering Center at WEF. “Having Innovative Wastewater Technologies Committee as a LIFT affiliate, RMWEA is able tailor national and international knowledge to the local needs, while also enriching the global conversation by sharing RMWEA’s members’ expertise through the entire LIFT community.”

The technology innovation arm of RMWEA, the Innovative Wastewater Technologies Committee is a requirement for becoming a LIFT Affiliate. Committee members have worked over the past months with LIFT to establish its first membership association (MA) in the U.S. The agreement was signed by RMWEA president Jeff Berlin in August 2016.

“RMWEA is proud to become the first LIFT Affiliate partner”, says Jeff Berlin. “RMWEA started our Innovative Wastewater Technologies Committee in 2015 with the intent to foster innovation and information exchange. We look forward to the opportunities and coordination, which will help the committee’s mission to tie national trends and innovative solutions to end-users in the Rocky Mountain region.”

As a LIFT MA, RMWEA will be able to utilize many of the tools LIFT develops to support its efforts. This includes
1. Access to LIFT's online platform. MA members can discover the latest technologies, connect with others on technologies of common interest, and collaborate on pilots and demonstrations.
2. Participate in New Technology Scans
3. Innovation within Water Utilities. Utility-to-utility mentorship programs can play an important role in technology adoption, allowing smaller utilities to gain valuable knowledge from well-established facilities.

If you are interested in participating or learning more about how to benefit from the LIFT association please see contact IWT Committee co-chair Tanja Rauch-Williams (trauch-williams@carollo.com) or visit http://www.rmwea.org/innovative_technologies.php. A copy of the RMWEA-LIFT Affiliate presentation can be downloaded HERE.


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