event 03 feb. 2017

The Energy-Water Nexus // A Plan for Collaboration Between the Department of Energy and Water Sector

Energy and water are critical and mutually dependent resources. Research and collaboration between the energy and water sectors will result in reliable, resilient, and sustainable systems that create jobs as well as stimulate energy efficiency, resource recovery, and water conservation to benefit the customers we serve, public health, the economy, and the environment. This documents investigates opportunities for better collaboration between the US DOE and the water sector to improve water-energy performance.

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Collectively, the Water Research Foundation, Water Environment Federation, American Water Works
Association, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies,
Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, National Association of Water Companies, and the U.S. Water
Alliance represent utilities that provide service to 90% of the population in the United States through
drinking water, wastewater, resource recovery, reuse, and stormwater systems. We are the leading
national water sector professional associations and research foundations with membership consisting of
most of the large and medium water utilities in the United States, consulting, manufacturing, academia,
government, and others. The water sector stands ready to reinforce our partnership with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
through the new administration and explore opportunities for collaboration by sharing the following:
  • Overview of the Energy‐Water Nexus
  • Successful Energy‐Water Programs and Partnerships
  • Policy and Research Gaps in the Energy‐Water Nexus
  • Recommendations and Next Steps


The water sector has been engaged with DOE in addressing energy‐water nexus issues through research,
practice, and collaboration for decades and is positioned to make even greater significant advancements
through increased collaboration with DOE. We wish to be strong partners with DOE and work together
on these important issues. At the earliest opportunity, we look forward to speaking with you in more
detail on the next steps we can take together to begin to address these critical needs.


Water Research Foundation website




  • Water Research Foundation
  • Water Environment Federation
  • National Association of Clean Water Agencies
  • American Water Works Association
  • Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
  • Water Environment & Reuse Association
  • Nation Association of Water Companies
  • US Water Alliance

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