WEFTEC to begin on high note

The world’s largest annual water quality event will be held September 29-October 3 at the Morial Convention Centre in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (U.S.). 

The Water Environment Federation’s 91st Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, known as WEFTEC, provides the latest developments, technologies, and services for the water sector. More than 20,000 water professionals and 1,000 water companies will attend to learn, connect, and work toward a better future for water. 

“We are thrilled to be in New Orleans as it honours the past, present, and future with its Tricentennial anniversary,” said Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director of WEF. “The resilience and fortitude of this city and its people – and their unique relationship with water – is something that we can all learn from, aspire to, and, in the full spirit of New Orleans, celebrate.”

Before WEFTEC even begins, WEF staff and volunteers will give back to the host city. On Friday, September 28, students and young professionals will engage students at St Mary’s School in hands-on and demonstration activities on the importance of water and encourage students to become stewards of their environment. On Saturday, September 29, WEF will hold a community service project at Treme Recreational Community Centre to build a rain garden and install an educational graphic about green infrastructure.


Opening Session

WEF will unveil the first-ever data on how much North American water utilities are recovering resources, include the areas of water reuse, energy generation, and nutrient recovery. The Opening General Session will also feature the re-launch of Water’s Worth It, a messaging campaign to raise public awareness about the importance of water and the work of the water sector. Kevin Brown, author of The Hero Effect, will share his ideas and strategies to inspire water professionals to recognise they are everyday heroes in their communities.

Scientists Lecture

This year’s prestigious lecture will be given by Dr Art K Umble on the topic of the circular economy. Dr Umble leads the global wastewater practice for Stantec Consulting, with an emphasis on converting waste streams to value streams.

Beer Garden

Sample the world’s most sustainable beer made from recycled water. Pure Water Brew is a collaboration between pioneering brewers and water utilities that have teamed up to build public understanding of the water cycle, showcase water treatment, and advance water sustainability.


Utility Leaders Morning

Forward-thinking water leaders from around the world will discuss the most critical issues facing the sector. The programme will also honour recipients of the 2018 Utility of the Future Today recognition, received for work in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and resource recovery.


Operations Challenge

Some of the most elite operators in the world go head-to-head in this fast-paced, skills-based competition for wastewater and maintenance professionals. Now celebrating its 31st event, teams compete in five timed events that test specific abilities. 


WEF Awards and Presidential Celebration

The WEF Awards honour those who have made outstanding contributions to the water environment profession, WEF, and its Member Associations. 2017-18 WEF President Jenny Hartfelder will also pass the gavel of leadership to 2018-19 WEF President Tom Kunetz.