WEFTEC Connect includes more than 400 On-Demand presentations that can be broken into 12 major tracks.


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Session titles will link into the WEFTEC Mobile App for full session descriptions and presenter and presentation details as they become available. You also can download a PDF list of all of the On-Demand sessions.

 

Major Tracks 

Research and Innovation

Innovation is increasingly being utilized by utilities to help meet their challenges cost-effectively and expediently. WEFTEC is the place to be to learn about the cutting-edge innovations that continue to transform the water sector as well as meet the next generation of water leaders. WEFTEC research and innovation programming offers something for everyone; from utility manager, to operator, to engineer, to regulator, to academic. Come be a part of the collaborative partnerships that are tackling and developing practical solutions to the most pressing problems faced by the water sector.

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Industrial Issues and Treatment Technologies

WEFTEC is the ONE EVENT for industrial professionals and industry experts representing the most innovative companies from around the world. Learn from the very best thought-leaders in industrial wastewater treatment and reuse technology. The sessions, workshops, and events listed here are specifically designed for participants who focus on industrial water challenges, but many other events in other themes and topics are also directly relevant (see other themes and topics for details).

Join us for what promises to be the most collaborative, informative, and impactful event for food and beverage, manufacturing, mining and metals, oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceuticals, power, and other industrial water quality professionals.

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Municipal Wastewater Treatment Process and Design

As water quality standards move the industry toward more complex technologies, while requiring sustainable and cost effective approaches, the need for innovation in municipal water resource recovery design increases significantly. WEFTEC offers a variety of educational programming focused on improving and optimizing the design of these complex treatment processes and technologies.

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Facility Operations and Maintenance

Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) operations and maintenance are critical activities in delivering cost-effective environmental protection. Changing regulations, retiring labor forces, infrastructure replacements, and a challenging municipal fiscal environment have created significant need and opportunities for new knowledge. 

WEFTEC offers educational programming covering every aspect of wastewater treatment operations, from the laboratory to the secondary treatment and the latest developments in biological nutrient removal (BNR), aeration control, resource recovery, process intensification, and energy sustainability. Learn about new technologies and solutions such as aerobic granular sludge (AGS) and membrane-aerated biofilm reactors (MABR) that contribute to improved facility effectiveness and efficiency in treatment plant operations and maintenance.

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Residuals and Biosolids Management/Energy

Biosolids: A Renewable Resource Too Valuable to Waste

Management of residuals and biosolids can account for as much as 50% of treatment costs at resource recovery facilities. However, these residuals also contain significant resources that provide incentives for beneficial reuse or revenues if reclaimed and sold. Unprecedented opportunities exist and are emerging for the organics, energy, and nutrients in biosolids. Focus topics include: biogas cleaning and utilization processes, phosphorus recovery, combined management of biosolids and other organic wastes, and new research findings on solids treatment processes, among others. 

  • Discover the energy potential from biosolids aimed at cost reduction and increased sustainability. 
  • Augment your understanding of biosolids as a resource and a building block for environmentally friendly, effective, and efficient utility management. 
  • Explore the many facets of stakeholder decisions in planning, implementing, and operating a co-digestion program. 
  • Join in the discussion of research findings, both historic and new, as a tool to communicate the safety of biosolids to the public. 
  • Network with biosolids experts from a broad network of focus areas, such as land application, resource recovery, biogas, and others. 
  • ... and more!

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Disinfection and Public Health

Disinfection is one of the key steps to ensure public and environmental health. Public health is one of the main goals of water and wastewater treatment processes. WEFTEC has a variety of key sessions covering issues like:

  • Fundamental application of disinfection processes
  • Testing and demonstration results of disinfection applications
  • Design, operation, and troubleshooting of disinfection processes
  • Disinfection of reclaimed water, stormwater, and other innovative applications
  • Instrumentation and control of disinfection processes
  • Public health issues in small communities

Whether you are a researcher, a designer, an operator, a utility manager, or a public official, you will find something to keep you up to date and ready to face any challenge.

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Collection Systems and Distribution

Wastewater utilities are facing many common challenges, including aging infrastructure, increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, inflow/ infiltration reduction, rising costs, rate structures, effective collection system management, and an ever-changing workforce. Always highly attended, WEFTEC offers a variety of collection systems-focused programming, including technical sessions and workshops on the management, rehabilitation, and financing of these complex systems.

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Stormwater Management

Stormwater Management is one of the most pressing issues for communities all over the world. During WEFTEC you have the opportunity to come learn about a wide range of issues impacting stormwater professionals. From MS4 permits to the role green infrastructure plays, WEFTEC covers a wide range of topics associated with stormwater, green infrastructure, and wet weather. In addition to the various learning opportunities, there will also be opportunities to network with experts representing the utility, collections and watershed perspective. The best ideas form when we all come together!

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Watershed Resources Management and Sustainability

OUR WATERSHEDS NEED US - JOIN US AT WEFTEC TO LEARN AND SHARE HOW TO HELP!

The Watershed Resources and Sustainability Symposium highlights the connections between the built environment and natural ecosystems, providing insight into the impacts of human activity on nature. We deliver regulatory and scientific insights to effectively maintain and improve water quality in the watersheds we live in, and provide case studies showcasing innovative approaches that promote sustainability and resiliency.

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Utility Management and Leadership

SHARE INFORMATION AND PROBLEM-SOLVE WITH OTHER LEADERS AND MANAGERS AT WEFTEC

The skills needed for effective utility management are increasingly diverse. Today’s utility manager not only manages budgets and personnel, but also must manage the expectations and address the concerns of external stakeholders such as boards and government, ratepayers, organizations, and the public. WEFTEC offers a diverse suite of programming to address the needs of the modern utility manager in addition to the technical knowledge to help you understand industry regulations and efficiently meet regulatory requirements.

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Water Reclamation and Reuse

Water reuse is one of the three major aspects of resource recovery, along with energy and nutrients. Direct potable reuse has been a topic of discussion for 50 years and is now becoming a reality as water shortages and sustainability are on the forefront around the globe. WEFTEC provides critical education that includes the economics of water reuse; using water reuse for recharging groundwater supplies; stormwater reclamation for water reuse project; reuse technologies in the industrial section such as upstream oil & gas, agriculture, and food & beverage processing. 

  • Offsetting potable water demands with reuse water 
  • Realizing water supply reliability improvements through water reclamation 
  • Explore the latest reuse technology advances, including: RO-UF, MF-RO, ozone, biological active carbon (BAC) filters, and other filter medias
  • Treatment and removal of PFASs for water reuse systems
  • Cost factors and risk analysis methods used for selecting water reuse technologies

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Future Issues

Some issues in the water sector are so broad that they cross all traditional parts of the sector and are of interest to all water professionals. No matter where you are in the world, what organization you work for, or what position you have at that organization.

Some of these same issues also have broad implications for the future of all people, including topics like sea level and climate change, that also provide the water sector with opportunities to rethink the role water plays in our communities. 

Sessions in this track cover topics showing emerging needs, global issues, and appropriate water technologies to address the needs.  Many of the presentations in this track are a unique international perspective where the water environment challenges may be similar to those in North America, but the solutions can be quite different, leading to discussions and technology exchanges across international boundaries.  Attend these sessions to think globally, address broad and timely issues, and look at things with a different view.

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