WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation's Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the largest annual water quality event in the world.

WEFTEC is the largest conference of its kind in North America and offers water quality professionals from around the world with the best water quality education and training available today. 

Also recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, the expansive show floor provides unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field; serves as a forum for domestic and international business opportunities; and promotes invaluable peer-to-peer networking among registrants. 

WEFTEC has shown continual growth for both the technical program and exhibition. WEFTEC 2015, which was held in Chicago, set a new exhibition record and was the largest showing for WEF in the Windy City.

What Makes WEFTEC a Leading Source in Water Quality?

A wide range of topics and focus areas allow registrants to design their own, unique learning experience while earning up to 16.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for continuing education units and eight general Contacts Hours per day visiting the Exhibition. An increasing number of abstract submittals from experts in the water quality field results in a world-class technical program of technical sessions and workshops that addresses a diverse and comprehensive list of contemporary water and wastewater issues and solutions including:

  • Collection Systems - Management, operations and maintenance, infrastructure, overflow reduction, wet weather planning, watershed approaches, and regulations
  • Energy Conservation and Management - Resource recovery, combined heat and power, biogas optimization
  • Membrane Technologies - Application in wastewater and water reuse, innovations, enhanced performance, regulatory compliance
  • Plant Operations and Treatment - Innovations, technologies, processes, and proven solutions in water and wastewater treatment; including nutrient removal and odor control
  • Regulations - CMOM/SSO Rules, TMDL/Watershed Rules, Nutrient Trading, and NPDES Phase II
  • Research - Leading edge process applications in water and wastewater treatment and recent developments
  • Residuals & Biosolids - Incineration, disposal, reuse through land application, research, regulations, politics, and public perception
  • Stormwater - Treatment, green infrastructure, wet weather management, modeling
  • Utility Management - Asset Management and financial planning for infrastructure, technology, regulatory compliance, and security; including environmental management systems (EMS)
  • Water Reuse/Recycling - Research, regulations, emerging technologies, proven processes
  • Water Quality & Watershed Management - Stormwater, wet weather, and watershed issues 
Curtis Smalley, City of Waco, says, "Everyone in the industry needs to attend WEFTEC at least once, but then WEFTEC is like potato chips: You can't go just once!" Need we say more?

WEFTEC 2019

92nd Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference
Conference: September 21 – 25, 2019
Exhibition: September 23 - 25, 2019
McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois USA

Future Schedule

WEFTEC 2020

93rd Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference
Conference: October 3 – 7, 2020
Exhibition: October 5 - 7, 2020
New Orleans Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, Louisiana USA

WEFTEC 2021
94th Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference
Conference: October 16 - 20, 2021
Exhibition: October 18 - 20 , 2021
McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois USA

WEFTEC 2022
95th Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference
Conference: October 8 - 12, 2022
Exhibition: October 10 - 12, 2022
New Orleans Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, Louisiana USA

Join the ReGeneration at WEFTEC 2018!

Join the ReGeneration at WEFTEC and experience the latest technological developments, new ideas, expanded educational opportunities, fresh content, and the most expansive water quality exhibition in the world.

Who Comes to WEFTEC?

WEFTEC draws thousands of water and wastewater professionals from around the world each year, including:
  • Collection Systems Managers
  • Consultants
  • District Managers
  • Environmental Engineers/Chemists/Scientists
  • Equipment Manufacturers and Representatives
  • Executive Managers
  • Industrial Water and Wastewater Treatment Professionals
  • Local, State, and Federal Regulators
  • Private Industry and Academia Researchers
  • Public Officials
  • Students
  • Suppliers
  • Water and Wastewater Utility Managers
  • Water and Wastewater Operators, and many more.

Five Reasons to Attend WEFTEC

  1. Stay Competitive in and Relevant to Your Profession. Attend the highest-quality, most comprehensive educational sessions available, featuring papers meticulously selected through a rigorous process that includes abstracts reviewed by an average of nine topic area experts.
  2. Discover the Newest Innovations and Solutions. WEFTEC features the largest water quality exhibition in the world. With nearly 1,000 exhibiting companies, the expansive show floor provides unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field. WEFTEC exhibitors bring their very best technical experts and the latest equipment.
  3. Access Global Business Opportunities. WEFTEC is your gateway to global water, wastewater, and resource recovery — and is the only water show selected to be a part of the U.S. Commercial Service International Buyer Program.
  4. Make Valuable Connections. WEFTEC hosts more than 20,000 registrants from around the world and all sectors of water quality. Take advantage of opportunities to network with leaders in the field, as well as fellow registrants spanning all areas of the water quality sector. Additionally, more-focused events and sessions will help you connect with others seeking ideas and solutions in your topic area.
  5. Bring Value to Your Company. WEFTEC is priced lower than any other water quality conference of its kind and features anything and everything today’s water professional needs to hear, learn, see, and experience in one location, at one event.

Make WEFTEC Unique

While WEFTEC is the largest annual event for water quality professionals, it is also a highly specialized event for you. WEF offers 23 focus areas for continuing education to meet your training needs:

  1. Collection Systems
  2. Disinfection and Public Health
  3. Energy Production, Conservation, and Management
  4. Facility Operations and Maintenance, and Wastewater Treatment
  5. Global Perspectives
  6. Industrial Issues, Including Mining and Petro-Chemical Industries
  7. Leading Edge Research and Innovation
  8. Membrane Technologies
  9. Microconstituents
  10. Modeling, GIS, Computer Applications, Instrumentation, and Automation
  11. Nutrients
  12. Odors and Air Emissions
  13. Public Officials
  14. Regulations and Public Communication
  15. Residuals and Biosolids
  16. Small Communities and Decentralized Systems
  17. Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Wet Weather
  18. Sustainability, Climate Change, and Resource Recovery
  19. Urban Systems
  20. Utility Management, Leadership, and EMS
  21. Water Reclamation and Reuse
  22. Water Supply and Management
  23. Water Quality, Groundwater, and Watershed Management

WEFTEC Mobile App

The WEFTEC Mobile App provides easy-to-use interactive capabilities to enhance your show experience. If you have a tablet or smartphone, or any other handheld web-enabled device, you can build your schedule and plan your time at WEFTEC on the go – anywhere, anytime!

The WEFTEC Mobile App is part of the WEF Events App. All WEF Events are automatically loaded to the WEF Events App when available. Simply activate each show to begin planning your exhibit and event visits.

Point your mobile browser to http://app2.core-apps.com/weftec2018 to be automatically directed to the proper WEF Events App version for your device.

Use the gear icon in the dashboard to return to the show menu, add/activate your profile, and take full advantage of all the features in the app.

Scan the QR code below to get WEF Events App and activate WEFTEC.

WEFTEC Mobile App QR code

WEFTEC Social Media Presence

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Follow the Water Environment Federation organization on LinkedIn and get our latest updates.

If you want to share your thoughts and expertise with other like-minded water professionals, consider joining any one of our field-specific LinkedIn Discussion Groups:

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Follow WEFTEC on Twitter and find out the latest news and events breaking around WEFTEC 2017.

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Subscribe to WEFTEC on YouTube! Watch conference highlights, interviews, and more.

 

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Join WEFTEC attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and staff on Facebook for news updates and conversation!

 

For More Information

Questions regarding WEFTEC social media networks should be directed to socialmedia@wef.org. 

 

WEFTEC by the Numbers

If it’s numbers you want, WEFTEC 2016 featured:

  • 89 years of success
  • 29 workshops
  • 128 technical sessions
  • 29 Workshops
  • 16 mobile sessions
  • Nine facility tours
  • More than 300,000 ft of exhibition space
  • More than 1,000 presentations
  • 1.2 Continuing Education Credits available
  • 16.5 Professional Development Hours available
  • Up to 8 Contact Hours per day available

Future WEFTECs

Future WEFTEC Schedule

WEFTEC 2018
91st Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference
Conference: September 29 - October 3, 2018
Exhibition: October 1 - 3, 2018
New Orleans Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, Louisiana USA

WEFTEC 2019
92nd Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference
Conference: September 21 – 25, 2019
Exhibition: September 23 - 25, 2019
McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois USA

WEFTEC 2020
93rd Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference
Conference: October 3 – 7, 2020
Exhibition: October 5 - 7, 2020
New Orleans Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, Louisiana USA

WEFTEC 2021
94th Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference
Conference: October 16 - 20, 2021
Exhibition: October 18 - 20 , 2021
McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois USA

WEFTEC 2022
95th Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference
Conference: October 8 - 12, 2022
Exhibition: October 10 - 12, 2022
New Orleans Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, Louisiana USA

Utility Employee Support

Utility participation is vital in making WEFTEC “The Water Quality Event of the Year,” and we are continuously working to ensure that utilities can participate. The WEFTEC Utility Partnership Program is specifically designed to maximize attendance at this critical training event through customized registration packages.

WEFTEC History

Since its formation in 1928, WEF has been holding annual meetings to provide a forum for knowledge and technology exchange within the water and wastewater fields. Since then, WEFTEC has not only grown in the size of exhibits and technical sessions, but has become one of the world’s leading water quality conferences. 

In 1941, the then-known Annual Conference featured 5 sessions, 13 technical papers and an attendance of 556. By the 1970s, attendance had grown to 8,716 and featured 37 sessions with 146 technical papers. Growing steadily throughout the past four decades, the conference continues to set new technical program and exhibition records each year. 

Renamed WEFTEC in 1994 to increase both domestic and international recognition, WEF’s annual exhibition has been ranked in the top 1% of all trade shows in North America for the past five years and counting! 

With all that WEFTEC has to offer it is the clear choice for anyone interested in learning and sharing more about the latest in water quality developments, research, regulations, solutions and cutting-edge technologies. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the WEFTEC Experience today!