Water and Wastewater Professionals Find One of a Kind Opportunity at WEFTEC

Los Angeles served as a great host city for the 84th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference. With the colorful collection of neighborhoods, movie studios, beaches, landmarks and sports themes, visitors could find entertainment at every corner. Luckily, for the nearly 12,000 water and wastewater professionals that attended it was a one of a kind opportunity to be exposed to the latest in training, innovation, and technology.

Billed as the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition, WEFTEC brought together the best of the best in practices, technologies and solutions in the water quality field. Attendees were offered a wide range of topics (114 technical sessions) and focus areas (27 workshops), and a show floor packed with cutting-edge technologies, which created a unique show experience.

There were so many activities, the grand scale of it all might have overwhelmed some attendees. And, not much got grander in scale than the ITT booth. While attendees often marveled at the size of the booth (it was the largest at the show) and it’s technology driven feel from all the iPads and touch-screens, it was as one attendee told me, “the ideal place to find end-to-end solutions.”

New products were the big attention getters on the show floor in booth after booth. An impressive list of 10 new products highlighted the multiple brands of Flygt, Wedeco, Godwin, Sanitaire and Goulds Pumps in our booth. Such innovative solutions from a global leader in moving, treating and analyzing water and wastewater, only enhanced the one of a kind experience for the attendees.

Key to the new products was the launch of a revolutionary new wastewater pumping system, called Flygt Experior. The Experior combines state-of-the-art hydraulics, premium efficiency motors and intelligent controls in a unique concept, that offers up to 50% energy savings compared to conventional wastewater pumps.

Other activites during the week included one very special and deserved award presention. Bjorn von Euler, the previous director of ITT Watermark was the honored reciepient of the 2011 Water for People Robert W. Hite Outstanding Leadership Award. This prestigious award was presented to Bjorn for his demonstrated active leadership to benefit others, and support of Water For People’s mission. Bjorn inspires a shared vision, is forward thinking and truly envisions a world where all people have access to safe water and sanitation facilities. We couldn’t agree more!

In addition to all the products, sessions, workshops, awards and parties, current president of ITT Fluid and Motion Control and future chief executive officer and president of Xylem, Gretchen McClain, provided comments on the new company, Xylem. “Xylem is committed to solving today’s global water-related challenges,” said McClain. “As we approach our spinoff into a standalone water company, we look forward to working with our partners and customers to further drive innovation in the water space and ultimately, ensure that all people have a safe, steady supply of clean water.”

So, as we depart lovely LA, we take with us a one of a kind experience that we can’t wait to do all over again next year in New Orleans.