The Hawaii Water Environment Association, formerly known as the Hawaii Water Pollution Control Association, is a non-profit organization, which was founded on August 9, 1962. HWEA presently has a total membership of about 450, and is part of the national and international organization Water Environment Federation (WEF) of over 41,000 members in the water environment protection field. The members of HWEA include environmental and sanitary engineers, planners, treatment plant and collection system operators, chemists, microbiologists, ecologists, regulators, public health officials, scientists and researchers, and educators.
The objectives of HWEA are to:
- Advance the fundamental knowledge of the water environment, its basic qualities, and physical laws governing its interaction with other aspects of the environment and with the aesthetic, economic, and biological needs of the earth’s inhabitants,
- Advance the knowledge and technology in the design, construction, operation, and management of water quality systems and facilities,
- Increase the knowledge and understanding of the earth’s water environment, and encourage and promote action necessary for its enhancement,
- Develop and implement effective delivery mechanisms to rapidly disseminate knowledge concerning the water environment to members and other interested parties,
- Promote sound policy in matters relating to the water environment,
- Improve the professional status of all personnel engaged in any aspect of protecting and improving the earth’s water environment,
- Strengthen and build alliances with organizations throughout the world incorporating members of all professions dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of water quality and water resources.
- Stimulate public awareness of the relationship of water resources to the public welfare and the need for pollution prevention, resource recovery, preservation, conservation, and reuse of water resources.