WEFTEC 2011, the annual event hosted by the Water Environment Federation, will take place Oct. 16-19 in Los Angeles, Calif. With a technical program of 115 technical sessions, 27 workshops and eight local facility tours, the 84th annual event is expected to draw thousands of water quality professionals and exhibitors from around the world.
To date, more than 900 companies have already reserved over 290,000 net square feet of floor space at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, the show floor provides access to cutting-edge technologies, international business opportunities, and peer-to-peer networking.
During the conference, a wide range of topics and focus areas allow attendees to design their own, unique learning experience with the opportunity to earn continuing education credits. The 2011 focus areas include facility operations and wastewater treatment; nutrients; collection systems; residuals and biosolids; utility management; water reuse and management; stormwater and green infrastructure; sustainability and energy management; industrial wastewater; watershed management; and more.
Attendees can earn up to 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at workshops, 16.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) at technical sessions, and up to eight contact hours per day for time spent visiting the exhibition. WEF received approval from 49 states for continuing education credit for WEFTEC 2010 and expects to receive the same for WEFTEC 2011.
Scheduled for Monday, October 17, this year’s keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Rita Colwell, a distinguished professor from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Colwell was named the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for research on the prevention of waterborne infectious diseases., including her “exceptional contributions” to control the spread of cholera. Colwell served as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1998 to 2004.
Following Colwell will be a special presentation from Doc Hendley, founder and president of Wine To Water, a non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world. The group has worked to provide clean water and sanitation in many countries including Sudan, India, Cambodia, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Haiti.
The two keynotes are expected to deliver different but complementary presentations on the vital connection between clean water and public health.
For more information on the event, visit www.weftec.org. For a preview of select products that will be on display at the event, turn to Page 38.