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Last week’s event ranks as city’s second largest conference this year
The Water Environment Foundation (WEF) revealed that a total of 16,961 water professionals and 923 exhibiting companies from around the world attended its 2011 Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) last week in Los Angeles. The conference was the city’s second largest this year.
“WEFTEC continues to be the must-attend event for water professionals who want to keep up with the best water science and products,” said WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger. “This year’s outstanding program and exhibition shows that we stand ready to meet the needs of our members, attendees and the entire water profession.”
This year’s WEFTEC offered attendees their choice of more than 900 presentations in 114 technical sessions, 37 workshops and eight local facility tours, as well as several high-profile events. One highlight was the Water Leaders Session, which featured a panel of top leaders in the water community’s consulting, finance and public service sectors. The group shared their perspectives on water in the coming decade, including some of the anticipated challenges and innovations in policy, governance, finance, infrastructure, public safety and more.
Other conference highlights included the construction of a “Walkway to Wetlands” in downtown Los Angeles by WEF’s Students and Young Professionals Committee; the 2011 WEF Student Design Competition; the AEESP/WEF Lecture and the AEESP/WEF Scientists’ Luncheon that featured presentations about sustainability and water reuse; and the 2011 Operations Challenge Competition that was won by the 2010 defending champions, Terminal Velocity from the Virginia Water Environment Assn.
WEFTEC 2012 is scheduled for Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, 2012, in New Orleans.