Chicago Welcomes WEFTEC 2015

The 2015 WEFTEC Show returns to Chicago Sept. 26-30 for its 88th annual event at the McCormick Place convention center, a five-day event that is expected to draw thousands of water quality professionals and exhibitors to the Windy City.

As the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world, WEFTEC 2015 will feature 154 technical sessions, 29 workshops, and seven facility tours, numerous events and mobile session, as nearly 1,000 exhibiting companies display the latest in water quality research technology and services. A wide range of topics and focus areas allow attendees to design their own, unique learning experience with the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

WEFTEC 2014, which was held in New Orleans, attracted 20,385 attendees and 1,027 companies covering 303,075 sq ft of exhibit space.

A wide range of topics and focus areas allow attendees to design their own, unique learning experience while earning up to 35 contact hours for continuing education units and nine professional development hours. The technical features more than 900 speakers and is put together by more than 230 topical experts on the Program Committee using a highly rigorous selection process ensuring a high quality program.  .

The 2015 technical and workshop sessions include: Collection and Distribution Systems; Energy Production, Conservation, and Management; Facility Operations and Maintenance, and Wastewater Treatment;  Industrial Issues, Including Mining and Petro-Chemical Industries; Oil and Gas Focus; Innovation; Laboratory Practices; Leading Edge Research; Nutrient Management; Public Officials; Residuals and Biosolids; Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Wet Weather; Utility Management; Water Reclamation and Reuse; Water Resource Recovery Facility Design; and Water Supply and Management.

WEFTEC’s exhibition will complement the technical program by providing access to more than 1,000 exhibiting companies and their technical experts who will show the latest developments, research, solutions, and cutting-edge technologies in the field. Also featured on the exhibition floor will be increased opportunities to interact directly with the experts, mobile sessions and special exhibitor demonstrations; the popular Innovation Showcase and Pavilion; and the Stormwater Pavilion.

Providing the best of both worlds for stormwater professionals will be the third annual Stormwater Congress. Once again co-located with WEFTEC, it will feature focused programming on everything related to stormwater and provide access to all conference exhibitors, including those in the Stormwater Pavilion.

The Opening General Session on Monday, Sept. 28 sets the tone for the conference that draws thousands of water quality professionals from around the world each year. This year’s program will feature remarks from WEF president Ed McCormick and a keynote address from Rob Stewart, an award-winning biologist, photographer, conservationist, filmmaker, and author.  Stewart will discuss his film, “Revolution,” and his efforts to raise awareness about the greatest evolutionary journey in human history and the awe-inspiring revolution that’s under way to save life on Earth. Stewart’s thought-provoking presentation will help frame the water sector’s own revolutionary efforts to transform sustainable water management and push water to the forefront of innovation.

Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations, and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more, visit

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Sharon M. Bueno is managing editor of Trenchless Technology.
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