In 1988, WERF Assistant Director Tyler Richards was a young research engineer
with the city of Atlanta,
who was tasked with putting together a meeting
with all the utilities in Georgia to be introduced to a new concept — the Water Environment Research Foundation.
"At the time, of course,
we didn't know what it was,
but we all sat in a room and listened to Denny Parker,
senior vice president with Brown and Caldwell,
talk about how the era
of government funding research was over," Richards remembers. "And if we wanted good information to inform good regulations, due processes and cost-effective solutions
to our problems,
we were going to have to find a way of funding it ourselves."