ABOUT WEFTEC 2020

Welcome to the WEFTEC 2020- The Water Quality Event

WEFTEC 2020, the Water Environment Federation's Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the largest annual water quality event in the world.

WEFTEC 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.

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 , which was held in Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana USA, set a new exhibition record and was the largest showing for WEF in the City.

Future Schedule

WEFTEC 2021

94th Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference

Conference: October 16 - 20, 2021, Exhibition: October 18 - 20 , 2021

McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois USA

WEFTEC 2022

95th Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference

Conference: October 8 - 12, 2022, Exhibition: October 10 - 12, 2022

New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana USA

  • 39500 Attendees

  • 2150 Exhibitors

  • 155 Countries

Saturday, 03 Oct 2020 Schedule

Time @ 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Time

    Featured Events - Jammin'4 Water -6:00 PM - 11:59 PM

    Advance admission | 

    Organized and hosted by Water Charities Fundraising

    Water quality professionals attending WEFTEC perform an eclectic mix of musical entertainment. Proceeds benefit the WEF Community Service Project

    (organized by WEF's Students and Young Professionals Committee), as well as water, sanitation, and hygiene charities.

    Jammin'4Water is produced by Water Charities Fundraising (WCF), an independent 501(c) 3 organization. Contact Dave Kinnear to get involved as an amateur musician or a corporate sponsor.

    Admission can be purchased through WEFTEC conference registration until close of business.

     

    Students & Young Professionals Events -9:00 AM - 4:00 PM -Treme Recreation Community Center - The 11th Annual WEF Community Service Project offers WEFTEC attendees the opportunity to give back to our host city. This year’s project will be hosted at the Treme Recreation Community Center where volunteers will spend the day constructing a bioswale and an educational green infrastructure graphic.

    To register, add the WEF Community Service project to your WEFTEC Registration. Registration is free and open to all WEFTEC attendees and their guests. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, lunch, and WEF Community Service Project ribbon for their WEFTEC badge.

    Transportation to and from the site is also provided. Volunteer buses board at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center) at 8:30am at the Halls H/I covered drive, and will be departing by 9:00am. Buses will arrive back at the Convention Center by 4:00pm

    Community Service Project- This year marks the 11th WEF Community Service Project! This annual event, hosted by WEF’s Students and Young Professionals Committee, showcases the dedication of WEF volunteers to improving the water environment and educating the community about the value of water.

    Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Volunteer buses board at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center at 8:30am at the Halls H/I covered drive, and will be departing by 9:00am. Buses will arrive back at the Convention Center by 4:00pm.

    Location: Treme Community Recreation Center

    Donate: Show your support for improving our nation’s water environment by making a donation to the WEF Community Service Project. Contact WEF Staff, MM for more details

Sunday, 04 Oct 2020 Schedule

Time @ 8:00 AM-6:30 PM

8:00 AM-6:30 PM

Time

    Featured Events- 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM- 

    The 11th Annual "Pedal with a Purpose" is organized and hosted by volunteers.

    The event is not a race, but a casual ride through the historical and diverse neighborhoods of Louisiana . Departing from Bicycle Michael’s promptly at 9:00 am, participants will pedal through City Park to Lake Pontchartrain; return to City Park; and then follow Carrollton Ave. to Audubon Park and the Mississippi River. The final stretch will be through the Garden District and the French Quarter, leading back to the bicycle shop. The total ride distance is 25 miles (40 km). Any riders who want additional mileage can also ride the Mississippi River levee.

    Guests of all cycling abilities are encouraged to participate. Participants will be divided into groups, each group riding at a pace suited to their abilities and paced by a group leader. Rest stops with refreshments are planned. All participants will receive a colorful t-shirt! Once registered, you'll receive an e-mail from the ride organizer to obtain your t-shirt size, bike preference, and other information. Questions? Contact: ride organizers Gary De Kock  or George Patrick.

    Proceeds from the ride support Water For People’s mission to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments. To date, WEFTEC bicycle rides have raised more than $20,000 for Water For People.

    Admission can be purchased through WEFTEC conference registration until close of business on August 31.

    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM -Great Hall Foyer | New Orleans Morial Convention Center- Exclusively for WEF Members, WEFTEC Exhibitors, and Advertisers.

    Conference registration required -Enjoy cocktails and conversation with fellow WEF Members and WEFTEC Exhibitors in a community atmosphere designed to help you achieve success by association. E-vites will be sent to WEF Members registered for WEFTEC, as well as exhibiting companies' key contacts, later this summer.

Monday, 05 Oct 2020 Schedule

Time @ 8:00 AM-6:30 PM

8:00 AM-6:30 PM

Time

    Featured Events- 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM -|  Conference registration required.

    A success course for first-time attendees and new WEF members, helping you navigate through WEFTEC.

    Opening General Session: Be a Hero. Water's Worth It- 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM- Great Hall A, NOMCC | 

    This year's Opening General Session will be anchored by a special keynote from Kevin Brown, a highly sought after motivational speaker and author of The Hero Effect™.

    His inspirational message will follow remarks from 2017-18 WEF President Jenny Hartfelder and WEF Executive Director Eileen O'Neill as well as tie into the highly anticipated re-launch of WEF’s popular Water’s Worth It™ grassroots public awareness campaign.

    After overcoming years of struggles and fighting against the odds to succeed, Kevin learned that he was surrounded by people who selflessly supported him, even when he didn't deserve it.

    These people were his “everyday heroes” and became the inspiration for his simple philosophy: we all have the potential to be heroes -- to powerfully impact others through our words, actions, attitudes, and choices.

    In a refreshing and entertaining style, Kevin will share his ideas, strategies, and principles that will inspire you to recognize and embrace your identity as everyday heroes who show up and give your best for water when it matters most.

    Everyone has the power to be a hero. Help us make the world a better place by choosing to join the people, ideas, actions, and innovations that are protecting, renewing, and shaping the future of water.

    Operations Challenge (Monday)- 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM- Booth 3863, Hall F 

    Wastewater’s elite specialists can be seen at the 31st Annual Operations Challenge, as wastewater collection and treatment operators compete in a series of tests demonstrating the best combination of precision, speed, and safety. Each team is sponsored by a WEF Member Association or recognized Operator Association.

    Monday's Events- Laboratory -Process Control

    Public Officials Forum Luncheon- 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Exclusively for elected and appointed public officials, this event will focus on the important topic of "regionalization, fragmentation, and consolidation" that is one of the top trending topics for the water sector.  Discussions will be crowd-sourced, connecting public officials so you can learn from each other's perspective in handling critical conversations and answering questions, such as “How can public officials help utilities to find a sustainable path to the future?”

    Scientists' Luncheon- 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Celebrating leading academics and researchers, and the important role that they play in advancing the science and technology of environmental protection.

    Produced by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in collaboration with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).

    Stormwater Congress Luncheon- 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Featuring Hardik Bhatt, leader of Amazon Web Services' smart cities and mobility business, and Dr. J. Derek Loftis, Assistant Research Scientist with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William & Mary, presenting Using Big Data for a Smart Stormwater System: Meeting Sea Level Rise Challenges in Virginia Beach.

    Women in Water: Inspiring, Informing, Connecting- 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

    Engage in a lively peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and advice in support of your career. During this reception and session, current and future female water sector leaders representing a variety of disciplines – engineering, operations, research, management, and communications – are informed and inspired by a speaker and each other. 

    While this event is targeted at women, all WEFTEC participants are invited to register and attend.

    Water For People Bash- 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Organized and hosted by Water For People

    Kick-off WEFTEC with a fun night of music, food, and drinks, celebrating the work of Water For People. Proceeds from the Bash support Water For People's mission to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments.

    Admission can be purchased through WEFTEC conference registration until close of business.

     

    Students & Young Professionals Events

    Students & Young Professionals Networking and Career Fair- 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    The Career Fair is an opportunity to expand your knowledge of the water quality industry and acquire better interviewing skills. Top environmental firms from the U.S. and Canada will be on hand to meet informally with students and young professionals.

    Young Professionals Reception- 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Join WEF's Students and Young Professionals Committee for a fun-filled evening of conversation and peer-to-peer networking! 

    Bring your WEFTEC badge and your photo ID to gain entry. Crescent City Brewhouse welcomes guests aged 21 and older. Security personnel will check IDs at the door. Dress: sophisticated attire. No sportswear, shorts, or flip flops. 

    This reception is made possible by generous contributions from corporate sponsors.

Tuesday, 06 Oct 2020 Schedule

Time @ 8:00 AM-6:30 PM

8:00 AM-6:30 PM

Time

    Featured Events- Operations Challenge- 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM- Booth 3863, Hall F 

    Wastewater’s elite specialists can be seen at the 31st Annual Operations Challenge, as wastewater collection and treatment operators compete in a series of tests demonstrating the best combination of precision, speed, and safety. Each team is sponsored by a WEF Member Association or recognized Operator Association.

    Tuesday's Events –Safety, Collection Systems, KSB Maintenance -The competition culminates with an awards reception from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday evening at the Hilton Riverside.

    Collection Systems Luncheon- 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Celebrating the work of collection systems professionals.Featuring a presentation from James A. (Tony) Parrott, Executive Director of the Louisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Stormwater Pavilion Reception- 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM- Booth 1737, Hall C | 

    Companies exhibiting in Stormwater Pavilion have at least 50% of their display focused on stormwater and wet weather management products. The Pavilion includes a theater, delivering content addressing pressing aspects of stormwater management, including regulations & policies; flood impacts & mitigation; funding & financing; green infrastructure benefits; and much more. 

    Registered attendees and exhibitors are welcome to enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks during the reception.

Wednesday, 07 Oct 2020 Schedule

Time @ 7:00 AM-4:00 PM

7:00 AM-4:00 PM

Time

    7:00 am – 8:15 am  - Program Committee Meeting

    7:30 am – 10:00 am  - Manufacturers & Representatives Committee (MARC)

    7:00 am – 8:30 am  - Residuals and Bio-solids Committee

    8:30 am – 10:30 am  - WEFMAX work group

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm  - Operations challenge committee

    1:30 pm – 04:00 pm  - Technical Practice Committee (TPC)

Saturday, 03 Oct 2020 ScheduleTime @ 9:00 AM

Featured Events - Jammin'4 Water -6:00 PM - 11:59 PM

Advance admission | 

Organized and hosted by Water Charities Fundraising

Water quality professionals attending WEFTEC perform an eclectic mix of musical entertainment. Proceeds benefit the WEF Community Service Project

(organized by WEF's Students and Young Professionals Committee), as well as water, sanitation, and hygiene charities.

Jammin'4Water is produced by Water Charities Fundraising (WCF), an independent 501(c) 3 organization. Contact Dave Kinnear to get involved as an amateur musician or a corporate sponsor.

Admission can be purchased through WEFTEC conference registration until close of business.

 

Students & Young Professionals Events -9:00 AM - 4:00 PM -Treme Recreation Community Center - The 11th Annual WEF Community Service Project offers WEFTEC attendees the opportunity to give back to our host city. This year’s project will be hosted at the Treme Recreation Community Center where volunteers will spend the day constructing a bioswale and an educational green infrastructure graphic.

To register, add the WEF Community Service project to your WEFTEC Registration. Registration is free and open to all WEFTEC attendees and their guests. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, lunch, and WEF Community Service Project ribbon for their WEFTEC badge.

Transportation to and from the site is also provided. Volunteer buses board at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center) at 8:30am at the Halls H/I covered drive, and will be departing by 9:00am. Buses will arrive back at the Convention Center by 4:00pm

Community Service Project- This year marks the 11th WEF Community Service Project! This annual event, hosted by WEF’s Students and Young Professionals Committee, showcases the dedication of WEF volunteers to improving the water environment and educating the community about the value of water.

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Volunteer buses board at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center at 8:30am at the Halls H/I covered drive, and will be departing by 9:00am. Buses will arrive back at the Convention Center by 4:00pm.

Location: Treme Community Recreation Center

Donate: Show your support for improving our nation’s water environment by making a donation to the WEF Community Service Project. Contact WEF Staff, MM for more details

Sunday, 04 Oct 2020 ScheduleTime @ 8:00 AM

Featured Events- 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM- 

The 11th Annual "Pedal with a Purpose" is organized and hosted by volunteers.

The event is not a race, but a casual ride through the historical and diverse neighborhoods of Louisiana . Departing from Bicycle Michael’s promptly at 9:00 am, participants will pedal through City Park to Lake Pontchartrain; return to City Park; and then follow Carrollton Ave. to Audubon Park and the Mississippi River. The final stretch will be through the Garden District and the French Quarter, leading back to the bicycle shop. The total ride distance is 25 miles (40 km). Any riders who want additional mileage can also ride the Mississippi River levee.

Guests of all cycling abilities are encouraged to participate. Participants will be divided into groups, each group riding at a pace suited to their abilities and paced by a group leader. Rest stops with refreshments are planned. All participants will receive a colorful t-shirt! Once registered, you'll receive an e-mail from the ride organizer to obtain your t-shirt size, bike preference, and other information. Questions? Contact: ride organizers Gary De Kock  or George Patrick.

Proceeds from the ride support Water For People’s mission to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments. To date, WEFTEC bicycle rides have raised more than $20,000 for Water For People.

Admission can be purchased through WEFTEC conference registration until close of business on August 31.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM -Great Hall Foyer | New Orleans Morial Convention Center- Exclusively for WEF Members, WEFTEC Exhibitors, and Advertisers.

Conference registration required -Enjoy cocktails and conversation with fellow WEF Members and WEFTEC Exhibitors in a community atmosphere designed to help you achieve success by association. E-vites will be sent to WEF Members registered for WEFTEC, as well as exhibiting companies' key contacts, later this summer.

Monday, 05 Oct 2020 ScheduleTime @ 8:00 AM

Featured Events- 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM -|  Conference registration required.

A success course for first-time attendees and new WEF members, helping you navigate through WEFTEC.

Opening General Session: Be a Hero. Water's Worth It- 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM- Great Hall A, NOMCC | 

This year's Opening General Session will be anchored by a special keynote from Kevin Brown, a highly sought after motivational speaker and author of The Hero Effect™.

His inspirational message will follow remarks from 2017-18 WEF President Jenny Hartfelder and WEF Executive Director Eileen O'Neill as well as tie into the highly anticipated re-launch of WEF’s popular Water’s Worth It™ grassroots public awareness campaign.

After overcoming years of struggles and fighting against the odds to succeed, Kevin learned that he was surrounded by people who selflessly supported him, even when he didn't deserve it.

These people were his “everyday heroes” and became the inspiration for his simple philosophy: we all have the potential to be heroes -- to powerfully impact others through our words, actions, attitudes, and choices.

In a refreshing and entertaining style, Kevin will share his ideas, strategies, and principles that will inspire you to recognize and embrace your identity as everyday heroes who show up and give your best for water when it matters most.

Everyone has the power to be a hero. Help us make the world a better place by choosing to join the people, ideas, actions, and innovations that are protecting, renewing, and shaping the future of water.

Operations Challenge (Monday)- 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM- Booth 3863, Hall F 

Wastewater’s elite specialists can be seen at the 31st Annual Operations Challenge, as wastewater collection and treatment operators compete in a series of tests demonstrating the best combination of precision, speed, and safety. Each team is sponsored by a WEF Member Association or recognized Operator Association.

Monday's Events- Laboratory -Process Control

Public Officials Forum Luncheon- 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Exclusively for elected and appointed public officials, this event will focus on the important topic of "regionalization, fragmentation, and consolidation" that is one of the top trending topics for the water sector.  Discussions will be crowd-sourced, connecting public officials so you can learn from each other's perspective in handling critical conversations and answering questions, such as “How can public officials help utilities to find a sustainable path to the future?”

Scientists' Luncheon- 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Celebrating leading academics and researchers, and the important role that they play in advancing the science and technology of environmental protection.

Produced by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in collaboration with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).

Stormwater Congress Luncheon- 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Featuring Hardik Bhatt, leader of Amazon Web Services' smart cities and mobility business, and Dr. J. Derek Loftis, Assistant Research Scientist with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William & Mary, presenting Using Big Data for a Smart Stormwater System: Meeting Sea Level Rise Challenges in Virginia Beach.

Women in Water: Inspiring, Informing, Connecting- 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Engage in a lively peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and advice in support of your career. During this reception and session, current and future female water sector leaders representing a variety of disciplines – engineering, operations, research, management, and communications – are informed and inspired by a speaker and each other. 

While this event is targeted at women, all WEFTEC participants are invited to register and attend.

Water For People Bash- 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Organized and hosted by Water For People

Kick-off WEFTEC with a fun night of music, food, and drinks, celebrating the work of Water For People. Proceeds from the Bash support Water For People's mission to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments.

Admission can be purchased through WEFTEC conference registration until close of business.

 

Students & Young Professionals Events

Students & Young Professionals Networking and Career Fair- 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Career Fair is an opportunity to expand your knowledge of the water quality industry and acquire better interviewing skills. Top environmental firms from the U.S. and Canada will be on hand to meet informally with students and young professionals.

Young Professionals Reception- 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Join WEF's Students and Young Professionals Committee for a fun-filled evening of conversation and peer-to-peer networking! 

Bring your WEFTEC badge and your photo ID to gain entry. Crescent City Brewhouse welcomes guests aged 21 and older. Security personnel will check IDs at the door. Dress: sophisticated attire. No sportswear, shorts, or flip flops. 

This reception is made possible by generous contributions from corporate sponsors.

Tuesday, 06 Oct 2020 ScheduleTime @ 8:00 AM

Featured Events- Operations Challenge- 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM- Booth 3863, Hall F 

Wastewater’s elite specialists can be seen at the 31st Annual Operations Challenge, as wastewater collection and treatment operators compete in a series of tests demonstrating the best combination of precision, speed, and safety. Each team is sponsored by a WEF Member Association or recognized Operator Association.

Tuesday's Events –Safety, Collection Systems, KSB Maintenance -The competition culminates with an awards reception from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday evening at the Hilton Riverside.

Collection Systems Luncheon- 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Celebrating the work of collection systems professionals.Featuring a presentation from James A. (Tony) Parrott, Executive Director of the Louisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) in Louisville, Kentucky.

Stormwater Pavilion Reception- 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM- Booth 1737, Hall C | 

Companies exhibiting in Stormwater Pavilion have at least 50% of their display focused on stormwater and wet weather management products. The Pavilion includes a theater, delivering content addressing pressing aspects of stormwater management, including regulations & policies; flood impacts & mitigation; funding & financing; green infrastructure benefits; and much more. 

Registered attendees and exhibitors are welcome to enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks during the reception.

Wednesday, 07 Oct 2020 ScheduleTime @ 7:00 AM

7:00 am – 8:15 am  - Program Committee Meeting

7:30 am – 10:00 am  - Manufacturers & Representatives Committee (MARC)

7:00 am – 8:30 am  - Residuals and Bio-solids Committee

8:30 am – 10:30 am  - WEFMAX work group

9:00 am – 12:00 pm  - Operations challenge committee

1:30 pm – 04:00 pm  - Technical Practice Committee (TPC)

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