WASHINGTON — A broad array of water sector groups from across the country will join forces this spring in Washington for the inaugural Water Week 2014, according to a press release.

Scheduled for April 7-11, the event provides an opportunity for sector professionals to advocate for clean water issues, showcase innovative approaches to sustainable water management and educate national leadership about the importance of clean water to public health, the environment and a strong economy, the release noted.

Organized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), with support from national, state and regional water organizations, the event will bring hundreds of water and wastewater professionals to the nation’s capital, reported the release.

According to the release, attendees will discuss key legislative, regulatory and legal water developments with members of Congress and federal regulators; showcase innovations and new technologies; and celebrate the progress of water professionals in addressing our nation’s water challenges.

“This historic first-of-its-kind gathering of water professionals in the District will demonstrate to policymakers the great value the water sector brings to environmental protection, economic development and job creation,” said NACWA Executive Director Ken Kirk. “NACWA is looking forward to Water Week and successful dialogues, briefings and other planned events advancing clean water priorities across the country.”

Read the full release here.