Statement from AWWA CEO David LaFrance regarding the merger of water foundations

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(DENVER) -- The American Water Works Association celebrates today’s announcement from the Water Research Foundation and the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation that the organizations will integrate into a single research entity.

The members of AWWA envisioned and created the Water Research Foundation in December 1966 with a small budget and an unwavering commitment to scientific research that protects public health. The foundation’s growth into the preeminent drinking water research organization has been a source of pride for the Association.

The integration between WRF and WE&RF reflects a growing recognition that water must always be understood in the context of the complete water continuum. AWWA is excited that the newly formed organization, The Water Research Foundation, will bring scientific research across the entire water cycle into a single repository of knowledge.

We are honored that The Water Research Foundation will be headquartered in Denver under the same roof as AWWA headquarters, with an office in Alexandria, Va. We look forward to collaborating with The Water Research Foundation to ensure a future with rigorous scientific water research that helps create a better world through better water.

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Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.

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