The symposium committee and I are pleased to announce that the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) and Orange County Utilities have joined us a sponsors of the 2012 WWAC symposium. The FWEA will be helping us co-promote the symposium to its 1400+ members. Orange County Utilities is our official symposium tour sponsor, and will be hosting a tour of their newly opened Southern Regional Water Supply Facility.
The Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) began its existence in 1941 under the name Florida Sewerage and Industrial Waste Association. Subsequent name changes over the years are reflective of the evolution of public attitudes about wastewater management and the environment. Membership has grown over the years and today our membership exceeds 1,300 clean water professionals. Our local chapters, student chapters, committees and Utility Council help to unite Florida’s clean water professionals responsible for protecting the environment through education programs, professional development and promotion of sound public policy.
Over 70 years after its creation, FWEA continues to make historic differences in the advancement of the water environment, science and technology, making it a leading professional water organization in Florida. Our history says a lot about the leadership, dedication and hard work of the members of this organization.
The Orange County Utilities Water Division‘s 12 water treatment facilities produce over 21 billion gallons of water annually that are distributed through 1,703 miles of pipeline to more than 400,000 customers in unincorporated Orange County, the Town of Windermere, and portions of several other municipalities in Orange County. Orange County is one of seven counties recognized as comprising Central Florida (Florida, USA). It is a charter county, meaning it has its own constitution, is self-governing, and has the ability to respond to a changing environment and meet local needs.