Don’t miss the 25th Annual Operations Challenge

Taking place Mon. Oct 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m and Tues. Oct. 2 from 9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., the #OpsChallenge will pit 40 teams of the world’s best wastewater collection and treatment personnel to compete for the industry’s premier skills competition.

Each team will compete in five events (collection systems, laboratory, process control, maintenance, and safety). Winners are determined by a weighted point system in these five events.

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes, or how these operators and technicials deal with emergencies, or if you just want to see the best and the brightest in action, stop by Hall B1 Monday and Tuesday at WEFTEC and be in awe at the precision, speed, and safety of all the Ops Challenge teams.

For videos of last years Ops Challenge, visit the Official WEFTEC YouTube page.

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Undersecretary of Commerce To Launch U.S. Environmental Technologies Export Initiative at WEFTEC

Be sure to stop by the Global Center Mon. Oct. 1 at 10:30 am for a presentation from Undersecretary of Commerce, Francisco J. Sánchez, introducing the U.S. Environmental Technologies Export Initiative. This Initiative seeks to foster greater interagency collaboration in U.S. government trade and international environmental activities to support the increased worldwide deployment of environmental solutions. The Initiative will help facilitate foreign buyers’ access to U.S. environmental protection approaches and technologies, support U.S. exports, and create jobs. All are welcome to attend this exciting announcement!

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Stop by the Lounge Oct. 1–3

The WEFTEC Learning Lounge is the place to learn about the new technologies and resources that we have implemented to better serve the water sector. Stop by the Lounge to hear presentations and participate in hands-on demos of the latest technologies and platforms being used.

Presentations will include information on how to use WEFCOM and The Knowledge Center, how to write a good WEFTEC abstract, ways to manage social media, and tips on how to deliver memorable presentations.

Check My WEFTEC Planner to see when these presentations, and more will be taking place in the Learning Lounge!

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Many Activities for Students and Young Professionals

Free for student members and only $30 for student nonmembers, WEFTEC registration gives you access to technical sessions, the exhibition, and special student events and receptions. Below is a list of special events that could be beneficial to students and young professionals beginning their careers in the water industry.

WEF Community Service Project
Sept. 29 8:30am – 4:00pm
Join the Students and Young Professionals Committee in planting a wetland designed to remove silt and pollutants from rainfall runoff in City Park.

Networking and Career Fair
Oct. 1 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Meet with top businesses, organizations, and environmental firms and explore potential job opportunities. Students should submit a resume by Sept. 4.

Student Appreciation Night
Oct. 1 5:00pm – 7:00 pm
Black & Veatch invites you to Tommy’s Wine Bar to network with your peers and meet the leaders of Black & Veatch.

WEF YP Reception
Oct. 1 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Join us for a fun filled evening at Bourbon Vieux for music, giveaways, and great conversation with your fellow YPs.

You will also want to make sure to visit the Innovation Pavilion on the exhibition floor. There you will find the latest and most innovative technologies in the industry, hear valuable information from entrepreneurs and investors, and learn more about careers in water.

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Not Just Books in the WEF Bookstore

Think the WEF Bookstore at WEFTEC is nothing but books? Think again! Sure, all of your favorite WEF titles will be there, but you also won’t want to miss what else the Bookstore has to offer.

Come by the Bookstore to:

*Join or Renew your WEF membership
*Search for jobs or post a job in the WEF Job Bank
*Pick up a copy of the WEFTEC Conference Proceedings
*Check out the latest in Water Quality Fashion with WEFwear
*Learn about WEF’s public communications programs

Attend these public events:

Celebratory Reception for New Members and WEF Press
Monday, October 1 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres in celebration of new WEF members and new Manuals of Practice in the WEF Press series of books.

Books and Bagels
Tuesday, October 2 | 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Come for the bagels, stay for the discussion! Meet the authors of two of our new titles, Design of Urban Stormwater Controls and Sustainability Reporting Statements for Wastewater Systems and discuss with them the content while enjoying a complementary breakfast.

Beat the Drop
Tuesday, October 2 | 1:00 pm

Win over $1000 in free books! Stop by the bookstore and sign up for the Beat the Drop drawing. The winner is given one-minute to pick up as many books as he or she can carry. Must be present to win!

And of course, all of our new releases will be there including:

*Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 22nd Edition
*Design of Urban Stormwater Controls, MOP 23
*Basic Laboratory Procedures for the Operator-Analyst, 5th Edition
*Contemporary Technologies for Shale-Gas Water and Environmental Management
*Wastewater Treatment Plant Design Handbook

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Workshops Shed Light On Biogas

* Official WEF Press Release

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – WEF will explore obstacles to harnessing biogas and present solutions in a series of workshops at WEFTEC 2012.

On Saturday, September 29 the session, “When Opportunity Knocks, How Can Municipalities and POTWs Partner with the Biofuels Industry.” will bring together a diverse group of representatives from the wastewater and biogas industries to promote understanding of the terminology, project drivers and obstacles of each.

“We cannot overlook the opportunities to recover energy in raw wastewater,” said WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger. “It is imperative that we break down the barriers to potential partnerships and increase communication between these two industries.”

Biogas will also be featured Sunday in the workshop, “Boosting Biogas-to-Energy: Jumping the hurdles to Biogas Utilization”. This session will take a look at the potential of biogas and the economic, technological and regulatory obstacles to using it. Utilities will present real-word experiences about overcoming these obstacles and advancing their resource recovery projects.

“Recovering the hidden fuel in our wastewater treatment processes helps to diversify our energy portfolio, while improving the environment through innovative, green technology,” said Howard Neukrug, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Water Department, in a February press release.

The Philadelphia Water Department, represented at Saturday’s workshop by Energy Program Manager Paul Kohl, recently announced plans to design and construct a plant that will generate electricity, fueled mainly by biogas from its digesters.

Twenty-two additional workshops will take place September 29 – 30. In addition to energy, sessions will focus on stormwater management, facilities operations and maintenance, utility management, and water reclamation and reuse, among others.

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Showcasing Innovation at WEFTEC 2012

By now, you’ve probably heard about the new Innovation Pavilion at WEFTEC 2012, but still might not be sure about what exactly will be taking place Oct. 1–3 in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Below is a brief rundown of the Pavilion’s daily events.

Monday, October 1
WEF Innovative Technology Award Showcase

Learn about the 2012 WEF Innovative Technology Award winners and their projects and services related to the construction, operation, and maintenance of treatment facilities.

Matchmaking Reception
An opportunity for investors, strategic partners, entrepreneurs, and end users the time to get to know the ideas, products, and needs in the industry in a relaxed and energetic gathering.

Programming is scheduled to include:
Commercializing Campus Technology
Hear ideas from campus technology centers that have successfully turned research into commercial products

Water Leaders 2012: Rethinking Water Services
A panel of thought leaders will share their experiences and discuss their vision for water services. But come prepared to share your views on a new shared vision for urban water management and how the sector can achieve this.

Tuesday, October 2

Scheduled Programming:

Lessons Learned in the Commercialization of Water Industry Products
The presentation will include models for starting a business, ways to avoid too much competition at the start, and recommendations on selecting partners.

Innovations from Imagine H20Winners of the 2011 and 2012 prize will discuss their ideas and how they have progressed in funding, product development, and delivery to market.

Investors Forum: What You Need To Know About Venture Capital and Investors
Learn about the different types of investors and what their interests are, investment capital, and the process of turning your breakthrough to business from the investors themselves

Wednesday, October 3
Operator Ingenuity Contest Winners
Come hear from your colleagues on their innovative ideas in all areas of operations.

Scheduled Programming:

Water Entrepreneurship: Funding Through Strategic Partners
Attend this exciting session where strategic partners such as Veolia, Lucent Energy, and others will let you in on their secrets to finding new products in partnership with other companies.

Work for Water
This session will discuss ways WEF and EPA are working with non-traditional government agencies such as the Department of Labor and the Department of Veteran Affairs as a means to increase the awareness of jobs in water

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Conference Announcement Available Online

Your source for everything WEFTEC can now be found online! The WEFTEC Conference Announcement has everything you need to prepare for this year’s conference. From information on what’s new, to detailed workshop descriptions, exhibitor lists, and getting around New Orleans, all the information you need is at your fingertips.

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Super Saver Deadline Is Here!

Planning on coming to WEFTEC and want to save a little money in the process? Registrations received on or before July 13 will receive savings up to $200 depending on the registration category. Want to see what WEFTEC is all about before you register? Use My WEFTEC Planner for information on the program, speakers, exhibitors, and events that will be taking place.

Visit for pricing and to see what’s included in each registration package.

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WEFTEC Exhibitors Get Prestigious Recognition

Bio-Microbics Inc. has been selected as a 2012 recipient of the prestigious President’s “E” Award for Exports in recognition for its outstanding achievement in increasing U.S. exports abroad. The Award, granted by the President of the United States, was recently presented in Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The “E” and “E Star” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for supporting export activity.*

Jerry Gordon, long-time WEF member, and President of Sprayroq, Inc. was appointed as a Council Member of the Alabama District Export Council on May 24, 2012 during the Council’s World Trade Day Celebration. As a member of the Alabama District Export Council, Gordon and his fellow council members will play a major role in the planning and coordination of export activities for their region. Their mission is to facilitate development of an effective export assistance network, support the expansion of export opportunities for U.S. companies, and serve as a communication link between the business community and the US & Foreign Commercial Service. The members speak at, sponsor, and participate in trade events such as World Trade Week, take part in reverse trade missions, assist with matchmaking and mentor companies on joint visits with US Export Assistance Centers.**

We are delighted to see some of our International Pavilion members and WEFTEC exhibitors receive such high honors! Congratulations to both!

*Content taken from BioMicrobics Press Release
**Content pulled from Sprayroq Press Release

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