Eleven international trade delegations to attend WEFTEC.05

Iraqi delegation expected to attend session on rebuilding the country's water and wastewater infrastructure at Washington, DC, water quality conference Oct. 29-Nov. 2...

ALEXANDRIA, VA, Oct. 19, 2005 -- Trade delegations from eleven countries, the largest from Iraq, will gather in Washington, DC later this month to conduct business with and gather information from over 850 water and wastewater companies at WEFTEC®.05, the largest water quality conference of its kind in North America. Countries include:
• Iraq
• India
• The Netherlands
• China
• Thailand
• Mexico
• Philippines
• Bulgaria
• Romania
• Chile
• Indonesia

In addition to conducting business, over 39 representatives from the Iraqi delegation are expected to attend a technical session titled, "Rebuilding the Water/Wastewater Infrastructure in Iraq" on Monday, Oct. 31 in Room 147B of the Washington Convention Center. A panel of experts will discuss the latest on the management and reconstruction of water and wastewater infrastructure and systems in the war-torn country.

WEFTEC.05, the Water Environment Federation's 78th annual technical exhibition and conference, is an increasingly popular site for business transactions between water and wastewater companies and international visitors. The Water Environment Federation, a local not-for-profit technical and educational organization for water quality professionals, partners with the U.S. Department of Commerce International Buyer Program (I.B.P.), US-Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP), EcoLinks, embassies, consulates, and independent trade delegation organizers to promote international and domestic business opportunities within the water quality community.

Held Oct. 29-Nov. 2, WEFTEC.05 (www.weftec.org) is expected to draw nearly 20,000 water quality professionals from around the world to learn the latest practices, solutions, regulations, and emerging technologies in their field. The conference will feature 111 technical sessions, 25 workshops, 11 interactive facility tours and over 850 exhibiting companies.

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (www.wef.org) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with members from varied disciplines who work toward the WEF vision of preservation and enhancement of the global water environment. This network includes water quality professionals from 76 member associations in 30 countries.

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In other WEFTEC news:
-- Washington, DC, area teachers 'go to the source' on water quality ALEXANDRIA, VA, Oct. 18, 2005 -- Science teachers from District of Columbia and Fairfax County, Virginia high schools will be treated to the water quality training event of the year at the full-day, hands-on 11th annual WEFTeach "Go to the Source on Water Quality" workshop. The award-winning program will be held Tuesday, November 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Fifty school representatives will learn how to operate Sewer Science, a mini wastewater treatment plant that offers real-life experience with specially designed tanks and laboratory analytical equipment...
-- Water For People benefit gala to be held at WEFTEC.05 -- ALEXANDRIA, VA, Oct. 12, 2005 -- A Water For People benefit gala will be held at the City Museum of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. N.W., at Mount Vernon Square directly across from the Washington Convention Center on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 7-10 p.m. U.S. Senate Majority Leader William Frist (R-TN) (invited), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) (invited), and Patricia Simon, Board member of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute are expected to make remarks about the looming global water crisis. All proceeds will support Water For People in its mission to bring safe drinking water to thousands of people throughout the developing world...
-- Domestic, international water themes focus of WEFTEC.05 opening session -- Current and former U.S. EPA Administrators, 2005 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate to headline event -- ALEXANDRIA, VA, Oct. 6, 2005 -- Hurricanes, global water challenges, and rainwater harvesting are just a few of the interesting topics to be presented at WEFTEC.05's Opening General Session on Monday, Oct. 31 at the Washington Convention Center. As the kick-off event of the Water Environment Federation's (WEF) 78th annual technical exhibition and conference, the opening session will set the tone for the show that is expected to bring over 16,000 water quality professionals from around the world to Washington, DC...

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