The Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) heads to the Big Easy for its 83rd annual event at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center Oct. 2-6. But don’t expect its New Orleans location to make the conference lax — WEFTEC 2010 is projected to be WEF’s biggest water quality event yet.

WEFTEC 2009 brought in more than 17,700 attendees, nearly 1,000 exhibitors and was named the 74th largest tradeshow in the country in Tradeshow Magazine. This year, WEFTEC 2010 will host 112 technical sessions from topics including collection systems, membrane technologies, plant operations, treatment and management; regulations and research; residuals and biosolids; water recycling and more. There will also be 34 workshops and six facility tours.

Economics journalist and noted author Steven Solomon will deliver the Opening General Session speech on Oct. 4. Solomon will discuss how water has affected modern societies in their development over time, and how water’s scarcity and pollution is driving us to dangerous places unless solutions are implemented. These and other concerns are also addressed in his book Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization.  

As always, attendees have the opportunity to earn 1.2 continuing education units (CEUs), 19.5 professional development hours (PDHs) and numerous contact hours by attending many of the conference events.
With an overwhelming amount of exhibitors presenting the latest in the water industry, planning your trip may be brain frying. The product announcements listed below can help you sort your way through the WEFTEC maze. For more information, visit www.weftec.org.

Leanne Butkovic is an editorial assistant for Trenchless Technology.

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