WEFTEC.14 in the Big Easy

Sept. 16, 2014
87th annual WEFTEC kicks off Sept. 27 in New Orleans

This year, the Water Environment Federation Tech­​nical Exposition & Conference (WEFTEC) is back in the Big Easy at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. The event follows a record-breaking WEFTEC.13, where 22,589 registrants and 971 companies using 297,400 net sq ft of exhibit space made the show the largest in the organization’s 87-year history.

The show will kick off with the Opening General Session on Sept. 29 at 8:30 a.m. WEF President Sandra Ralston will introduce the theme of “Embracing Change in a Disruptive Age” by highlighting WEF efforts such as cross-sector collaboration and recognizing wastewater treatment as a resource recovery process. 

The Opening General Session also will feature Luke Williams, bestselling author, professor and commentator, who will speak about innovation and leadership.

WEFTEC.14 boasts 45 technical sessions; 35 workshops; 11 mobile sessions; eight facility tours; and about 1,000 exhibiting companies. The exhibition also will include WEF’s specialized exhibit pavilions—the Innovation Showcase and Pavilion, the Stormwater Pavilion, and more than six pavilions representing different countries.

The Innovation Showcase features several forward-looking educational sessions relevant to utilities, investors, strategic partners, entrepreneurs and technology providers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and WEF are holding sessions throughout WEFTEC to address key questions about water sustainability and EPA’s Water Technology Innovation Blueprint. 

In addition to the many sights and learning opportunities happening around the convention center, there will be solution providers showcasing their own innovations.