Virtual water event brings tradeshow experience to you

Virtual H2O is a new online water-industry tradeshow that will provide you with all the educational benefit of a live, physical event...

Virtual H2O is a new online water-industry tradeshow that will provide you with all the educational benefit of a live, physical event, but without the travel, cost, or hassle associated with getting there.

Virtual H2O, taking place April 20-21, 2010, will combine virtual tradeshow exhibits and conference presentations to deliver attendees an innovative — and convenient — opportunity to network with and learn from leaders in the water and wastewater industries.

From the publishers of WaterWorld magazine, this completely free online event will focus on municipal and industrial water, wastewater, and stormwater issues. Presentations will address important, timely water and wastewater topics — with four session devoted entirely to urban water management issues.

The Stormwater Management session will comprise two presentations. In the first, the author will discuss how the city of Columbus, OH, installed a biotrickling filter system — the largest such stand-alone system in North America — to control odors from its high-capacity overflow storage sewer. In the second presentation, the author explains how one Arizona city is evaluating combining a bioretention basin with a drywell to help improve stormwater quality.

Other relevant sessions include Stormwater Treatment, Low Impact Development, and Infrastructure.

Conference sessions will be delivered as pre-recorded webcasts, and attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions to presenters for follow up after the broadcast.

The event also features a virtual exhibit floor where vendors will be on-hand in virtual booths to share information about their latest water and wastewater products and network with attendees. You can learn about their products through demonstration videos and literature downloads. With this format, you can learn about and evaluate products that interest you — without traveling to a physical tradeshow or walking an exhibit hall.

The show format also allows you to interact with vendors and other attendees in the form of live chat and email exchanges. There’s even a virtual lounge where you can relax and socialize with peers.

The event will take place over the course of two days, April 20 and 21. But it will also be archived for three full months following the live broadcast, allowing you the opportunity to revisit booths and presentations at your convenience.

In today’s economic climate, strapped budgets are making it very difficult for potential attendees to travel to industry tradeshows. With that in mind, Virtual H2O aims to provide the same benefits of a physical event but without the prohibitive expense.

To find out more, visit There you can check out a video demo of a virtual event, get conference information, and register for the show.

Angela Godwin
Editor, Urban Water Management

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