Sep 26, 2014

Water Professionals Help Plant Seeds of Water Awareness in New Orleans

Community- and student-focused events are part of upcoming WEFTEC.14

WEFTEC New Orleans 2014 Student Activities

The Water Environment Federation (WEF), in coordination with the city of New Orleans and the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, will help promote environmental stewardship and raise awareness about the value of water by holding a series of community- and student-focused events that began with a green infrastructure construction project in Conrad Park.

Organized by WEF’s Students & Young Professionals Committee, these special events have been developed as a part of WEFTEC.14 — WEF’s 87th annual technical exhibition and conference — that is being held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center (NOMCC), Sept. 27 to Oct 1.

As the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition, WEFTEC brings thousands of water professionals and water equipment manufacturers to New Orleans every other year through 2024. This year’s event is expected to leave not only a positive economic impact on the city — an estimated $21.1 million — but also will seek to help inspire residents to the cause of clean water, underscore the importance of the water profession and demonstrate simple ways for the community to engage in clean water initiatives.

Water Palooza will feature hands-on activities and demonstrations designed to connect the next generation with water — how essential it is to everything, and how we are all responsible for taking care of it.

  • Recharge, Restore, Revitalize Hollygrove: Conrad Park Green Infrastructure Improvements is a community service project where 100 conference volunteers will install a series of rain gardens designed to remove pollutants and mitigate storm water runoff from flood-prone Conrad Park.
  • Jammin’ 4 Water is a WEFTEC-endorsed fundraising event for an array of water charities and public awareness projects/activities. Amateur musicians attending the conference provide the talent, while concertgoers provide a $50 donation.
  • The WEF Student Paper Competition intends to promote the education of undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of water sector disciplines. Participants are tasked with writing a research paper and winners present their work during a special WEFTEC session in the WEF Learning Lounge.
  • The WEF Student Design Competition will feature the innovative work of student design teams from more than a dozen universities who will compete in two categories: wastewater design (hydraulic, capacity design, upgrades to existing systems, biosolids handling, etc.) and environmental design (contemporary engineering topics such as sustainability, water reuse, wetland construction, etc.).
  • The Students & Young Professionals Networking and Career Fair is an opportunity to expand students’ knowledge of career opportunities in the water sector, network with peers and top water business leaders, and acquire better interviewing skills.