The Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) takes place Oct. 10-14 in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center — the 82nd year of the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world.

2008 boasted a record-breaking 21,950 attendees, including 2,378 international attendees. So far, Austria, the United Kingdom, China, Singapore, Israel, Germany, Taiwan and Korea will be represented at the show. WEFTEC is the only water conference in the United States with these countries.

By participating in WEFTEC.09’s 122 technical sessions, 31 workshops and nine facility tours, attendees can earn up to 19.5 PDHs and 1.2 CEUs, as well a number of contact hours, which is more than any other event.

The technical sessions and workshops focus on numerous timely issues of the water and wastewater industry, including collection systems, membrane technologies, plant operations and treatment, residuals and biosolids and water quality and watershed management among many more.

The most notable of the facility tours will be the SeaWorld Orlando Water Quality and Life Support Tour.  The Orlando Easterly Wetlands will also open its waters for viewings. Both tours are on Wed., Oct. 14.
The exhibition will begin on Monday morning with the Opening General Session (OGS) featuring keynote speaker Dr. Mike Magee, veteran health care leader and author of “Healthy Waters: What Every Health Professional Should Know About Water,” which was published in 2005 and shed light on the impending global water crisis and raised public awareness of the importance of clean water with an urgent call to action. The OGS was moved to a new day and time that would be optimal for everyone to attend.

This year, Water for People is hosting two paid events: the second annual West Orange Trail Bicycle Fundraiser and annual Gala.  The West Orange Trail is world class and will cost $60 to ride with your own bike and helmet and $90 to rent and is limited to 75 entrants.  The Water for People Gala will also be $60 to attend.

Other annual highlights include the Ops Challenge and the Students and Young Professionals Design Challenge.

New to this year is the WEFTEC.09 Personal Planner, located online. From there, you can construct your personal WEFTEC schedule and save it online until it’s ready for print.

To learn more about WEFTEC.09 and schedule your conference schedule, visit    

Leanne Butkovic
is an editorial assistant for Trenchless Technology.

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