2018 was our first WEFTEC experience, however, it occurred the same week as Water Smart Innovations which we were speaking at. We had 36 hours to take in one of the largest conferences in North America. Throughout our careers, although we included wastewater in our education efforts, most of our time was spent on the drinking water side where the perception was that WEF and WEFTEC were only about wastewater. We’ve learned that WEF and WEFTEC are so much more and are truly representative of the One Water message and mindset. We met some amazing people, connected with old friends and met our new friends in real life that we’d only known via social media. We aren’t journalists, we’re storytellers and the story of our experience at WEFTEC 2018 can be summed up in one word: people. We wanted to share them and their stories with you!
WEFTEC is the largest conference of its kind in North America and offers water quality professionals from around the world with the best water quality education and training available today. Also recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition in the world, the expansive show floor provides unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field; serves as a forum for domestic and international business opportunities; and promotes invaluable peer-to-peer networking among registrants. Curtis Smalley, City of Waco, says, “Everyone in the industry needs to attend WEFTEC at least once, but then WEFTEC is like potato chips: You can’t go just once!”
- Opening session keynote, Kevin Brown, blew us away. Check out his book The Hero Effect and you’ll get a glimpse of the message he shared with the room. Water nerds are everyday heroes.
- Water’s Worth It. Be sure to check out the newly revamped, rebranded, revitalized campaign and, most importantly, use it! Check out the amazing video that debuted at the opening session.
- Get involved! Find a committee that speaks to what’s most important to you.
- Thirsty? Try some Pure Water Brew near you and get involved.
- Get on Twitter! All your water nerd friends are there.
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Tom Kunetz, WEF President
Barry Liner, WEF
Bri Nakamura, WEF
Dylan Christenson, Black and Veatch
Michael Quamme, Apex Engineering
Mary West-Calcagno, Director of Public Utilities at Moberly, MO
Azya Jackson, Environmental Engineer, Dept of Public Works at LA Sanitation.
Megan Yoo Schneider, WEF PCOC Chair, President of Seven Management and Consulting, Inc
Julianne LaRock, the outgoing PCOC chair.
Sharon Miller, WEAT PCOC Chair, North Texas Municipal Water District
Jennifer Louden, Laboratory Manager, Raritan Township Municipal Utilities Authority
Todd Danielson, Director of Water Utilities, Avon Lake Regional Water
Rahkia Nance, WEF
David Martin, KnoWater, Director
Melissa Pomales, Arcadis, Puerto Rico
Renee Kayal, WEF
Jenny Hartfelder, outgoing President of WEF
Eileen O’Neil, WEF, Executive Director
Melissa Meeker, Gwinnet County Water Services, Water Innovation Center.
Ian MacLeod, Master Meter, Vice President of Marketing
George Hawkins, Moonshot
Cletus Better, Veolia
Debra Shore, Water Reclamation District of Great Chicago
Cameron McWilliam, Brown and Caldwell
Who we missed.
Nathan Coey aka the @water_jedi on Twitter, City of Pataskala, OH
Jenelle Armstrong, The Thrasher Group
Christine Wood aka @sewer_chic on Twitter.
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