Water sector professionals, industry experts and companies from around the world will gather at the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) 89th annual technical exhibition and conference (WEFTEC), Sept. 24-28 in New Orleans. The exhibition will be held in Halls A-I of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Sept. 26-28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Flow Control Southeast Account Manager Lisa Williman (far left) and Editorial Director Lori Ditoro (far right) with the Xylem analytics team at WEFTEC 2015.

WEFTEC is an event for WEF members and water professionals “to learn, connect, and explore new, transformative ways to manage and create the future water,” according to the organization. The 2016 technical program and award-winning exhibition includes 130 technical sessions, 29 workshops, seven local facility tours, numerous events, and more than 900 exhibitors that will show off the industry’s latest developments, research, solutions and technologies.

With more than 30 focus areas, attendees will be able to customize their learning experiences and earn continuing education credits. Technical topics will include: collection systems; energy conservation and management; nutrient removal and recovery; plant design, operations and treatment; regulations; research; residuals and biosolids; stormwater; utility management; water reuse and recycling; water quality and watershed management.

Attendees will also find increased opportunities to interact directly with global water experts through 16 mobile sessions, product demonstrations, the Innovation Showcase and more than a dozen specially designed pavilions, WEF says.

Co-located with WEFTEC, the Stormwater Congress will feature focused programming and provide access to all conference exhibitors, including those in the 5,000-square-foot Stormwater Pavilion.

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More than 900 exhibitors will be at WEFTEC 2016. Image courtesy of WEF

The opening general session will kick off the conference with keynote speaker Joe Whitworth, president of The Freshwater Trust — a nonprofit organization that protects and restores freshwater ecosystems. WEF says Whitworth will share his efforts to chart a new course for conservation by drawing on lessons from the world’s most tech-savvy, high-impact organizations to develop and implement a no-nonsense strategy that makes real gains for the environment.

Other conference happenings include the Water Leaders session; Mix with Members reception; annual community outreach project; special sessions for the oil and gas industry; poster sessions, a design competition; the 29th annual Operations Challenge competition; and more.

WEFTEC on the go

The 2016 WEFTEC Mobile App is now available in the WEF Events App. Go to app2.core-apps.com/wefevents to be automatically directed to the proper app version for your device. Once the WEF Events mobile application has downloaded, launch the app and choose “WEFTEC 2016” from the show list. From your browser, select WEFTEC 2016.

Flow Control at WEFTEC

Follow our travels! Find us at Booth 4052. Look for the hashtag #WEFTEC16 on Twitter @FlowControl_Mag and at Facebook.com/flowcontrolmagazine.

For more information and to register, visit weftec.org.