WEFTEC 2017

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WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the largest conference of its kind in North America and offers water quality professionals from around the world with the best water quality education and training available today.

Event Type:
Trade Show/Exhibition
Date:
Oct. 2-4, 2017
Location:
Chicago , IL , USA

Also recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, the expansive show floor provides unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field; serves as a forum for domestic and international business opportunities; and promotes invaluable peer-to-peer networking among registrants.

WEFTEC has shown continual growth for both the technical program and exhibition. WEFTEC 2015, which was held in Chicago, set a new exhibition record and was the largest showing for WEF in the Windy City. WEFTEC 2016, which will be held in New Orleans, is expected to be another successful event. 

WEFTEC 2016 will be held at New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans from Sept. 24-28, 2016.

Stay Competitive and Relevant in Your Profession. Attend the highest-quality, most comprehensive educational sessions available, featuring papers meticulously selected through a rigorous process that includes abstracts reviewed by an average of nine topic area experts.

Discover the Newest Innovation and Solutions. WEFTEC features the largest water quality exhibition in the world. With nearly 1,000 exhibiting companies, the expansive show floor provides unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field. WEFTEC exhibitors bring their very best technical experts and the latest equipment.

Access Global Business Opportunities. WEFTEC is your gateway to global water, wastewater, and resource recovery — and is the only water show selected to be a part of the U.S. Commercial Service International Buyer Program.

Make Valuable Connections. WEFTEC hosts more than 25,000 registrants from around the world and all sectors of water quality. Take advantage of opportunities to network with leaders in the field, as well as fellow registrants spanning all areas of the water quality sector. Additionally, more-focused events and sessions will help you connect with others seeking ideas and solutions in your topic area.

Bring Value to Your Company. WEFTEC is priced lower than any other water quality conference of its kind and features anything and everything today’s water professional needs to hear, learn, see, and experience in one location, at one event.

WEFTEC draws thousands of water and wastewater professionals from around the world each year, including:

  • Collection Systems Managers
  • Consultants
  • District Managers
  • Environmental Engineers/Chemists/Scientists
  • Equipment Manufacturers and Representatives
  • Executive Managers
  • Industrial Water and Wastewater Treatment Professionals
  • Local, State, and Federal Regulators
  • Private Industry and Academia Researchers
  • Public Officials
  • Students
  • Suppliers
  • Water and Wastewater Utility Managers
  • Water and Wastewater Operators, and many more.
  • Collection Systems Managers
  • Consultants
  • District Managers
  • Environmental Engineers/Chemists/Scientists
  • Equipment Manufacturers and Representatives
  • Executive Managers
  • Industrial Water and Wastewater Treatment Professionals
  • Local, State, and Federal Regulators
  • Private Industry and Academia Researchers
  • Public Officials
  • Students
  • Suppliers
  • Water and Wastewater Utility Managers
  • Water and Wastewater Operators, and many more.

A wide range of topics and focus areas allow registrants to design their own, unique learning experience while earning up to 35 contact hours for continuing education units and 9 professional development hours. An increasing number of abstract submittals from experts in the water quality field results in a world-class technical program of technical sessions and workshops that addresses a diverse and comprehensive list of contemporary water and wastewater issues and solutions including:

  • Collection Systems - Management, operations and maintenance, infrastructure, overflow reduction, wet weather planning, watershed approaches, and regulations
  • Energy Conservation and Management - Resource recovery, combined heat and power, biogas optimization
  • Membrane Technologies - Application in wastewater and water reuse, innovations, enhanced performance, regulatory compliance
  • Plant Operations and Treatment - Innovations, technologies, processes, and proven solutions in water and wastewater treatment; including nutrient removal and odor control
  • Regulations - CMOM/SSO Rules, TMDL/Watershed Rules, Nutrient Trading, and NPDES Phase II
  • Research - Leading edge process applications in water and wastewater treatment and recent developments
  • Residuals & Biosolids - Incineration, disposal, reuse through land application, research, regulations, politics, and public perception
  • Stormwater - Treatment, green infrastructure, wet weather management, modeling
  • Utility Management - Asset Management and financial planning for infrastructure, technology, regulatory compliance, and security; including environmental management systems (EMS)
  • Water Reuse/Recycling - Research, regulations, emerging technologies, proven processes
  • Water Quality & Watershed Management - Stormwater, wet weather, and watershed issues

It is the largest annual water quality event in the world. Curtis Smalley, City of Waco, says, 'Everyone in the industry needs to attend WEFTEC at least once, but then WEFTEC is like potato chips, you can't go just once!' Need we say more?

Getting the ‘Go Ahead’

Due to reduced budgets and increased expenditure scrutiny, WEFTEC recognizes it is no easy task to secure approval for a training event. Check out these Employer Approval Tips to help guide your request to attend WEFTEC 2016. In addition, Rob McElroy, General Manager of Daphne Utilities in Alabama, in conjunction with WEF’s Technical Programs department, developed a series of forms and instructional information to assist employees with the attendance approval process. Watch the YouTube presentation by Mr. McElroy.

If it’s numbers you want, WEFTEC 2015 featured:

  • 88 years of success,
  • 29 workshops,
  • 135 technical sessions,
  • 17 mobile session,
  • 7 facility tours,
  • More than 300,00 ft2 of exhibition space,
  • More than 1,000 presentations and posters,
  • 1.2 Continuing Education Credits available,
  • 16.5 Professional Development Hours available,
  • Up to 8 Contact Hours per day available, and
  • Up to 28 concurrent technical sessions over 3 days.

1,000,000 Ways to Make WEFTEC Unique for You

While WEFTEC is the largest annual event for water quality professionals, it is also a highly specialized event for you. There are 23 focus areas of continuous education to help focus on your training needs.

  • Collection Systems
  • Disinfection and Public Health
  • Energy Production, Conservation, and Management
  • Facility Operations and Maintenance, and Wastewater Treatment
  • Global Perspectives
  • Industrial Issues, Including Mining and Petro-Chemical Industries
  • Leading Edge Research and Innovation
  • Membrane Technologies
  • Microconstituents
  • Modeling, GIS, Computer Applications, Instrumentation, and Automation
  • Nutrients
  • Odors and Air Emissions
  • Public Officials
  • Regulations and Public Communication
  • Residuals and Biosolids
  • Small Communities and Decentralized Systems
  • Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Wet Weather
  • Sustainability, Climate Change, and Resource Recovery
  • Urban Systems
  • Utility Management, Leadership, and EMS
  • Water Reclamation and Reuse
  • Water Supply and Management
  • Water Quality, Groundwater, and Watershed Management

The WEFTEC Mobile App provides easy-to-use interactive capabilities to enhance your show experience. If you have a tablet or smartphone, or any other handheld web-enabled device, you can build your schedule and plan your time at WEFTEC on the go – anywhere, anytime!

The WEFTEC Mobile App is now part of the WEF Events App. All WEF Events will automatically be loaded to the WEF Events App when available. Simply activate each show to begin planning your exhibit and event visits. Scan the QR code below to get WEF Events and activate WEFTEC 2016.

WEFTEC’s unparalleled educational and training opportunities attract thousands of water and wastewater professionals each year.

Coinciding with the technical conference is WEFTEC’s expansive exhibition – the largest in the world – which draws buyers and representatives of leading water and wastewater companies from around the globe.

WEFTEC allows exhibitors to make the most of their marketing dollar while maximizing their organization's exposure by connecting with the industry's largest audience of purchasers and decision makers. In all, over 22,000 registrants and exhibitors come to WEFTEC to gain practical knowledge, share ideas, and conduct business.

Six great reasons to exhibit at WEFTEC 2017:

WEFTEC brings in qualified buyers —
90% of WEFTEC attendees are the buyers and final decision makers; 43% plan to buy one or more products displayed in the next 12 months
 
Attendees are interested in your products —
In fact, attendees spend an average of 7 hours visiting the exhibits.
 
Your best exposure to the water and wastewater industry —
33% of the attendees attend no other show and 19% were first-time attendees
  
Reach an international audience —
All 50 states plus 62 different countries are represented; 89% travel over 400 miles to attend.
 
Bigger is better —
With over 1,000 companies using 270,000 sq. ft. of space, WEFTEC is the single largest annual water and wastewater exhibition in the world.
  
WEFTEC delivers buyers to your booth -
WEFTEC consistently draws 8,500 to 10,000 visitors… and half of these come for the Expo only!

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