This week, from September 27-October 1, CH2M HILL will be jumping in line to network with more than 22,000 water professionals at WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference. The conference, being held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, is the largest of its kind in North America. From technical presentations and workshops to second lining (a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans) and networking, we are looking forward to participating in all that WEFTEC 2014 has to offer!

By: Julian Sandino, Ph.D., CH2M HILL Vice President and Global Leader for Wastewater and Technology Senior Fellow

We are headed back to the Big Easy for this year’s WEFTEC—a meeting where the greatest minds in water meet to exchange ideas and discuss the latest technologies in the industry. New Orleans is well-known for its distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture and cross-cultural heritage, as well as its cuisine, music, and the famous Mardi Gras festival. Located on the Mississippi River, water plays a major role in the city’s rich history and culture—making it a great gathering spot for water professionals.

CH2M HILL is proud to sponsor WEFTEC again this year and participate in the workshops, facility tours including one of our projects at the state-of-the-art Baton Rouge South WWTP, and many of the 140 technical sessions featured. Our experts in the water and wastewater industry are excited to speak on a wide range of topics, including resource recovery and energy optimization; the latest in membrane technologies; stormwater and green infrastructure; utility management; water reuse; water resource management, and so much more!

We look forward to sharing our solutions to address some of today’s most complex water challenges–discussing ways to make our water, wastewater, and stormwater systems more resilient in the face of extreme weather events and help utility managers effectively manage resources.

Don’t miss highlights of the conference, such as the Operations Challenge, where water quality professionals put their operations skills to the ultimate test; and the annual community service project on Saturday, September 28, organized by the Students and Young Professionals Committee. Volunteers will help recharge, restore, and revitalize Hollygrove through green infrastructure enhancements, including installing rain gardens at flood prone Conrad Park.

Not able to attend WEFTEC14? We still want you to benefit from the exchange and dialogues taking place. Connect and follow what’s happening from anywhere in the world by following our Access Water blog and Twitter (using #WEFTEC14) for live updates from the French Quarter all week long!

Dr. Julian Sandino is an expert in the evaluation and process design of wastewater treatment facilities including both liquid and solids treatment trains, as well as in the definition of biosolids management reuse/disposal solutions. He is also an expert in the area of management of wet-weather flows in treatment facilities. He has led and assisted in several applied research projects related to optimizing wastewater treatment in terms of performance and energy requirements. His projects have included the definition of appropriate wastewater management solutions in locations with a wide range of different technical, economic, environmental and social requirements such as New York, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Los Angeles, Sao Paolo, Boston, Bogota, San Diego, Mexico City, Miami, Santiago, Chicago, and Buenos Aires. He also serves as an advisor and special consultant to the World Bank in the areas of Water and Sanitation.