WE&RF Events

Throughout the year, WE&RF hosts and participates in events that focus on critical water quality issues. From web seminars to research workshops, these events provide opportunities for participants to learn about new research from water quality experts and to share ideas and connect with other industry professionals. Registration for WE&RF events is typically free to all members of subscribing organizations.

WE&RF Web Seminar Series

WE&RF's web seminars cover the latest water quality issues featuring leading scientific experts who discuss topics, demonstrate new technologies, and answer your questions. To register for a future event, see the complete schedule of upcoming web seminars.

Featured WE&RF Events, Presentations, and Media Partnerships

32nd Annual WateReuse Symposium
Phoenix, AZ
September 10-13, 2017

Join WateReuse for the 32nd Annual WateReuse Symposium on September 10-13 in Phoenix, AZ. The annual event presents what’s working, what’s new, and what’s next in water reuse policy, operations, technology and public perception. This year’s Symposium will feature:

  • More than 100 presentations, panel discussions, and workshops.
  • National, regional, and local perspectives on water policy, potable reuse, industrial reuse, water treatment, water quality, desalination, and more.
  • A Reuse Bootcamp which will provide an A to Z overview of all things reuse.
  • A technical tour with stops at the Town of Gilbert Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch and Scottsdale Water’s Reclamation and Advanced Water Treatment Plant.
  • The AZ Pure Water Brew Challenge, a culmination of a statewide contest and public outreach program.
  • Daily networking breaks, a networking dinner with dancing at The Duce (included in the registration), and an optional baseball game (Arizona Diamondbacks versus the Colorado Rockies).
  • Annual awards luncheon and presentation.

WEFTEC 2017 

90th Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference
September 30 – October 4, 2017
Chicago, Illinois, USA 

The Water Environment and Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) continues to contribute to the great technical programming at WEFTEC. For 2017, WE&RF will provide three workshops and will have a series of technical sessions and papers featuring the latest research in DPR, fostering innovation with water utilities, nutrient management, asset management, resource recovery, granular sludge, and metanomics. New this year, WE&RF will host a Knowledge Development Forum Wednesday afternoon. The goal of the Forum is to encourage water professionals to highlight new research topics that should be included in the research agenda of the newly merged WE&RF. With the organization moving towards a one water mindset, WE&RF wants to ensure that the topics of high importance to its subscribing organizations, as well as the water industry as a whole, are addressed in its research and innovation programming. The forum is associated with other WE&RF sponsored technical sessions occurring at WEFTEC, in particular "Optimizing the Nutrient-Resource-Energy Nexus in a Carbon and Energy Constrained World," "Integrated Approach to Sustainable Water Management: Tools and Planning Frameworks to Enable Better Decision-Making," and "The Pursuit for Acceptable Exceptional Quality Biosolids."

To view the full list of Technical Sessions, Workshops, and agendas, please visit www.werf.org/weftec17.

For more information on registration, please visit www.weftec.org.

World Water-Tech North America
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
November 2-3, 2017

As municipalities worldwide adapt to extreme weather, the water sector is undergoing radical transformation to build resilience for future disasters and events. New actors are emerging and business models are being revamped to facilitate technology implementation and innovation.

With the recent wave of mergers and acquisitions, this signals a real need and desire by the private sector to expand and diversify portfolios as we advance towards a smarter, more proactive future.

Now in its 5th year, World Water-Tech North America, hosted by WaterTAP Ontario and Rethink Events, will gather municipalities, private utilities, corporate investors, engineering giants and technology companies in Toronto, November 2–3, 2017. Never has there been a greater need to bring together the industry’s brightest minds and decision makers as we pave the way for a more resilient future.

We are on the cusp of a new wave of innovation; how will you respond?

For full details on the World Water-Tech North America, part of Ontario Water Innovation Week, visit: www.worldwatertechnorthamerica.com

2018 Research Conference

Atlanta, GA
May 7-8, 2018

The latest research addressing the challenges of integrated water management and developing alternative water supplies will be presented at the 2018 WE&RF Research Conference (a continuation of the 20-year tradition of the former WateReuse Research Foundation) in downtown Atlanta, GA on May 7-8, 2018. The Annual Research Conference is designed to help communities prepare for the future with a comprehensive program offering innovative approaches and creative solutions for creating a safe and sustainable local water supply.

The Annual WE&RF Research Conference is where water professionals and researchers meet to network, exchange ideas, and envision the future. The program will include two keynote sessions, multiple plenary/panel discussions, two tracks of sessions, poster presentations, and technical tours.

Abstract Submittal begins in August 2017. Learn more.

Integrated Water

Operation & Maintenance of Stormwater Control Measures
Denver, CO
November 6–9, 2017

This conference will highlight advances in operation and maintenance of gray and green stormwater control infrastructure, including design for maintenance, O&M training programs, new maintenance approaches, advances in municipal program management and implementation, life cycle cost analysis, lessons from the field, and more.

Please visit the official conference website for more information.

Intelligent Water Systems

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Advancing Anaerobic Digestion of Wastewater Solids and Food Waste for Energy and Resource Recovery: Science and Solutions-A Framework for the Practice of Co-Digestion
Alexandria, VA
October 25-26, 2017

Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), with support from the Water Research Foundation (WaterRF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), is holding a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded workshop that provides an overview of recent research findings on co-digestion of organic wastes (such as food waste) with wastewater solids. The invited participants will discuss, contribute and identify best practices currently used by water resource recovery facilities from their experience with co-digestion. Learn more.

CECs/Trace Organics

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Resource Recovery

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Water Reuse

Potable Reuse Workshop
Fairfax Water, Lorton, VA
August 23, 2017

This workshop will inform attendees on the state of the science of potable reuse – particularly as it pertains to the mid-Atlantic region. This includes the unique regional and sub-regional drivers for water reuse in the mid-Atlantic in addition to the regulatory horizon. The workshop will include presentations on treatment technologies, treatment system design and permitting, economics, operations, and achieving stakeholder support to overcome regulatory barriers and gain public trust.

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32nd Annual WateReuse Symposium
Phoenix, AZ
September 10-13, 2017
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Onsite Reuse Workshop
Los Angeles, CA
November 8, 2017

In partnership with US Water Alliance, Water Research Foundation, and California Water Environment Association, this workshop will engage attendees on the current state and future of onsite reuse. Learn more.


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