WEFTEC 2021 - Where the Water Community Comes to Connect
WEFTEC – where the water community comes to connect. No matter the obstacles, through changes and challenges, water professionals keep going, learning, and doing what’s necessary to provide safe, clean water. That’s the strength of our community, and it’s time to come together again to celebrate what makes our sector great. At WEFTEC, the full breadth of the water sector comes together, in one place, for you to explore, learn, network, grow professionally, and strengthen your connection to the water community.
- Event Type:
- Trade Show/Exhibition
- Oct. 16-20, 2021
- McCormick Place
- Chicago , IL , USA
Whether you participate in person or online, WEFTEC will deliver many ways to learn about the topics that matter most.
The WEFTEC Program Committee is assembling the 2021 lineup now, focusing on the following areas:
- Automation and Data Analytics
- Collection Systems
- Emerging Contaminants
- Industrial Market Changes
- Nutrient Management
- Pathogens and Indicators
- Process Intensification
- Residuals and Biosolids
- Resiliency and Sustainability
- Technology Evolution
- Utility Management
- Workforce Issues
The full program will be available this summer.
Earn continuing education units (CEUs) and professional development hours (PDHs) for WEFTEC participation.
Regardless of your physical location, you can engage with individual WEFTEC exhibitors and sponsors as they show their latest tools and equipment.
Setting the tone for WEFTEC, keynote sessions address the most important and timely water sector and professional development topics.
Technology Spotlights (formerly called mobile sessions) feature curated groups of companies sharing their premier product and service solutions for your current challenges.
Selected through a highly rigorous review process, technical presentations highlight the work of water quality experts and are grouped in thematic 1-hour to 1.5-hour sessions.
WEFTEC workshops offer in-depth, hands-on learning. Additional registration fees apply.
94th Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference
Exhibition: October 18 - 20, 2021
WEFTEC is the world's most comprehensive gathering of water quality professionals and thought leaders, featuring the sector's leading conference program and a variety of valuable networking opportunities.
WEFTEC exhibitors represent the most compresensive array of products and services in the water quality industry.
Meet new people, expand your network, grow your career, participate in spontaneous conversations, and catch up with water sector friends and colleagues.
Better Serve Your Customers
Better serve your customers through the knowledge and insights you develop at WEFTEC, and apply what you see, experience, and learn to strengthen your skills.
Earn Education Credits
WEF works to obtain approval on a national level for your WEFTEC participation, so you can choose among all workshops and technical sessions as well as earn contact hours in the exhibition.
Your Health and Wellbeing
WEF and our event production partners are taking proper precautions, so that you can connect, learn, and do business safely in person.
Future WEFTEC Dates
Save the dates and plan future trips to WEFTEC.
Gain access to water knowledge, valuable networking opportunities, and member benefits at WEFTEC.
With strong public health protocols in place, we look forward to welcoming you to WEFTEC 2021, October 16 to 20.
We will strive to meet the highest standards of health, hygiene, and cleanliness to preserve your wellbeing. Our goal is to earn your confidence that we are taking proper precautions, so that you can connect, learn, and do business safely in person.
We will update the information on this page as needed.
The Healthy Meetings Chicago online portal showcases what you may experience upon arrival in Chicago and at McCormick Place, highlighting the McCormick Place campus’s Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) accreditation and exhibit hall mechanical ventilation systems, which achieve an indoor air quality Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value of 13 (MERV 13) slightly below the MERV 14 standard for hospitals.
You can expect to see that your health and wellbeing are prioritized, and that a range of measures are in place to maintain a healthy, hygienic, and enjoyable event experience for everyone involved.
WEFTEC 2021 will operate according to prevailing U.S. federal, State of Illinois, and City of Chicago government and health authority guidance as well as venue-specific regulations. As of May 4 this includes but is not limited to
- daily digital health screenings via questionnaires pushed to registrants’ mobile devices;
- requiring masks to be worn over the nose and mouth indoors and on shuttle buses;
- providing resources for hand hygiene;
- limiting capacities on shuttle buses and in meeting and session rooms according to physical distancing guidance; and
- more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch or high-traffic areas and overnight deep cleaning.
For exhibitor-specific standards, practices and questions, please review the exhibitor FAQs.
Hotels are eager to welcome WEFTEC 2021 guests. Learn what measures each major hotel brand has taken to protect your health and wellness:
Everyone is required to read and accept a WEF General and COVID Waiver when they register to participate in WEFTEC 2021.
Health and wellbeing expectations, protocols, and standards will be communicated to all registrants in advance.
In Chicago, signage and floor markings will be displayed throughout McCormick Place to remind everyone to wear a mask and maintain physical distance as well as to alert them to cleanliness and hygiene expectations for all participants.
We are closely monitoring McCormick Place’s regulations and the advice from government and health authorities on if and how participants should be screened.
As of May 4 this may mean requiring everyone to
- provide proof of vaccination or of a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72-hours prior to arrival in Chicago and/or
- complete daily digital health questionnaires pushed via text or email to your mobile device each morning.
Anyone that self-reports symptoms of concern would be denied entry to McCormick Place.
If screening measures are put into action during WEFTEC, we will let registrants know what to expect in advance.
As of May 4, WEF is asking everyone to wear a well-fitting face mask when visiting the exhibition, attending sessions and meetings, riding shuttle buses, and engaging with other participants. Masks can be removed for eating/drinking.
Disposable masks will be provided if needed.
Some people are exempt from the requirement to wear a mask, including but not limited to
- children under the age of 2 years and
- people with disabilities who cannot wear a mask or cannot safely wear a mask for reasons related to their disability.
If governments or health authorities are advising the use of additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as eye coverings or gloves, we will advise registrants accordingly so they can come prepared.
Exhibition floor plans have been adjusted to enable everyone to maintian physical distance. This includes wider aisles, added spacing between inline booths, and increased space in concession and other seating areas.
In session and meeting rooms, chairs and tables will be spaced according to prevailing physical distancing guidance. Expect extended 45-minute to 1-hour breaks between sessions and meetings to allow for air circulation and cleaning.
If queuing/lining-up is anticipated, we will display signage to remind everyone to maintain the minimum physical distance. We may stagger entry times if we anticipate queues/lines to enter McCormick Place.
No environment or space inside or outside of the home can ever be 100% safe. Through measures such as requiring face masks, enhancing cleaning and disinfection, and distancing and crowd management, WEF and our event production partners will strive to meet the highest standards of health, hygiene, and cleanliness to preserve your wellbeing.
Our goal is to earn your confidence that we are taking proper precautions, so that you can connect, learn, and do business safely in person.
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Thank you for participating in WEFTEC 2021!
If you have been selected for one of the following roles, information regarding your next steps can be found below:
- Invited Speaker
- Moderator/Assistant Moderator
- Facilitator/Assistant Facilitator
- Workshop Chair/Vice Chair
- Workshop Facilitator
- Workshop Speaker
By now, you should have received a notification from WEF containing your Speaker Portal login information. Session/presentation schedules, speaker information, and other resources are available at anytime within the Speaker Portal.