Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology

Moving water innovation into practice

What is LIFT?

The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) is a multi-faceted initiative undertaken by The Water Research Foundation and the Water Environment Federation to guide water innovation to implementation.

Digital collaboration platform

Innovation implementation trends

Technology piloting support

Utility travel scholarships

Innovating business practices

Data prize competition

Program Highlight

$30,000 is given annually through the LIFT SEE IT to support utility personnel as they see and experience innovation around the globe. The scholarship program, jointly spearheaded by WRF, WEF, and NACWA, offsets travel costs in the interest of sharing innovation experiences with their water peers. Members of the three organization are eligible to see technical, process, financial, and operational innovations.

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About the Partner Organizations

The Water Research Foundation

The Water Research Foundation is a nonprofit, educational organization that funds, manages, and publishes research on the technology, operation, and management of drinking water, wastewater, reuse, and stormwater systems—all in pursuit of ensuring water quality and improving water services to the public.

Water Environment Federation

Water Environment Federation

The Water Environment Federation is a nonprofit association that provides technical education and training for thousands of water quality professionals who clean water and return it safely to the environment. WEF members have proudly protected public health, served their local communities, and supported clean water worldwide since 1928.