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    Water Environment Federation Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference provides wide-ranging water quality, stormwater, and wastewater education in a single venue.

    According to the Water Environment Federation (WEF), its Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference — WEFTEC — is the largest conference of its kind in North America focused on water, wastewater, and stormwater. Now in its 91st year, the 2018 WEFTEC conference will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans; the exhibition, featuring about 1,000 companies displaying the latest in water quality research technology and services, is open Oct. 1-3.

    Through participation in technical sessions, workshops, facility tours, and the exhibition, WEFTEC attendees can earn as many as 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and 16.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or a maximum of 36 Contact Hours. In addition, most WEF technical committees, communities of practice, taskforces, and working groups meet in-person during WEFTEC, beginning Sept. 29 through Oct. 3.

    Technical sessions

    More than 140 technical sessions address contemporary water and wastewater issues and solutions including the following:

    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.

    Nutrient removal and recovery — Watershed and facility-level issues, facility design, process control, operations, research, shortcut nitrogen removal, carbon management, ultra-low phosphorus removal, nutrient recovery and reuse, modeling.

    Plant design, operations, and treatment — Innovations, technologies, process design, and proven solutions in water and wastewater treatment including nutrient removal and odor control.

    Regulations — Stormwater/MS4s, nutrients, WIFIA, NPDES streamlining, lead and copper rule, TMDLs.

    Research — Leading-edge process applications in water and wastewater treatment and recent developments.

    Residuals and biosolids — Energy production, disposal, reuse through land application, research, regulations, politics, and public perception.

    Stormwater — Treatment, green infrastructure, wet weather management, modeling, policies and regulations, research, and operations and maintenance.

    Utility management — Asset management and financial planning for infrastructure, technology, regulatory compliance, workforce issues, and security, including environmental management systems.

    Water reuse/recycling — Research, regulations, emerging technologies, proven processes.

    Water quality and watershed management — Stormwater, wet weather, surface water, groundwater, and watershed issues including integrated management.


    Workshops provide an opportunity to learn about a specific topic in an in-depth, hands-on format. On Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, WEFTEC 2018 offers 27 workshops covering topics in eight tracks. The tracks include:

    • Industrial issues and treatment technologies;
    • Municipal wastewater treatment process and design;
    • Facility operations and maintenance;
    • Energy/residuals and biosolids management;
    • Collection systems;
    • Disinfection;
    • Water reuse; and
    • Stormwater management and watershed resources
    • management/sustainability.

    Innovation Showcase

    The WEFTEC Innovation Showcase highlights water sector innovation and learning through exhibits, educational sessions, and networking events covering innovation trends in the industrial and municipal markets, financial innovation and investment opportunities, piloting and partnering with new technology companies, building the regulatory environment to support innovation, and using data to underpin industrial and municipal system upgrades.

    Facility tours

    WEFTEC also offers an opportunity to observe construction, special projects, or operations at sites within the New Orleans area while earning contact hours. This year, seven tours are scheduled, each requiring a separate admission fee:

    • Collections Systems Tour: Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and Orleans Levee Board Drainage Systems
    • The Great Delta Tour: Experience the Wonders and Challenges of the Great Mississippi
    • Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans East Bank Wastewater Treatment Plant
    • Jefferson Parish East Bank Wastewater Treatment Plant
    • Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans Sustainable Design Tour
    • Louisiana State University Center for River Studies
    • Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

    More information about WEFTEC and registration details are available at www.weftec.org.

    Information provided by Water Environment Federation (www.wef.org).