Privacy Policy

The Water Environment Federation respects the privacy of its members and website visitors and adheres to best practices, applicable U.S. federal laws, and acknowledges the European Union General Data Protection Regulation implementation.

The WEF website collects data to better serve members and other users of our website(s).  WEF provides commercially reasonable security measures in order to protect against unauthorized access that leads to alteration, possible disclosure, and/or data destruction.  No data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed 100 percent secure. Accordingly, WEF cannot and will not guarantee the security of any information on the site.

Information Collected by WEF

WEF captures individual information, including contact information and demographics for the purpose of doing business with WEF including, membership, store purchases, education and research, event attendance, subscriptions, and other services. Individual information may be disclosed if required by law or if there is a good-faith belief in conforming to legal requirements, protecting property rights, or protecting personal safety.  Non-personal data may be collected when you interact with WEF websites, such as browsing history. WEF websites use cookies, tags, beacons, and other tools. The types of data collected may include search terms, computer type, operating system, date/time stamp, ads viewed, among others. To gain access to members-only areas and personalized features on the website, users must create a WEF account and provide individual information. If the user selects to opt-in, information submitted online may be used for other WEF marketing purposes, such as email and mail notifications of upcoming events that may match the interests provided. This information is submitted voluntarily.

Points of Consent

WEF requests opt-out consent for the following:

  • Topical WEF Connect Communities
  • WEF Newsletters
  • Marketing Emails
  • Marketing Mailings
  • WEF Events Registration Lists

Users may contact WEF at any time to opt-out to the above.

Disclosures to Third Parties

WEF does not sell or rent your personal information to anyone except when:

  • We have your opt-in consent to share the information;
  • We need to share your information to provide the product or service you requested; or
  • We need to send the information to companies working on behalf of WEF to provide a product or service.

Companies that receive personal information from WEF in order to execute the business of WEF may use personal information only for that purpose.

Credit Card Account Information

WEF’s standard practice does not capture credit card account information online from purchases.  Credit card payments are processed directly through a certified processor (i.e.  Items with auto-renew are encrypted directly with the processor.  WEF does not store credit card information.

IP Addresses and Cookies

The WEF website uses IP addresses for analytical purposes. The IP addresses are used to identify geo-location.  This information is used for marketing research by WEF and online advertisers.  Users can opt out of geo-location identification on their browser settings.

Cookies are used to track site login information, order information and other personalization.  In order to use the members-only areas of or personalized features on the WEF website, your browser must be set to accept cookies.

WEF websites also uses cookies to track anonymous data for the purposes of traffic analysis and advertising. Third party vendors, such as Google, display WEF advertising on their sites by using cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to Users may opt out of Google’s use of cookies at any time by visiting the Google Advertising Opt-out page.

Links to Non-WEF Sites

WEF is not responsible for content and privacy concerns on non-WEF sites. For further information, please email WEF with any comments, questions or concerns about the WEF privacy policy or its implementation.

How to Manage Cookies

As we explain in our Cookie Policy, cookies help you to get the most out of our websites. If you do disable our cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work. For example, you may have difficulties logging in or viewing articles.

How to Enable and Disable Cookies Using Your Browser

Most browsers allow you to manage cookie settings. These settings can usually be found in the ‘Settings’, ‘Options’ or ‘Preferences’ menu of your browser. The links below are provided to help you find the settings for some common browsers.

For all other browsers, please look for a “help” function in your browser or contact the browser provider.