The 36th annual Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport show, held Feb. 17–20 in Indianapolis, Ind., delivered all the expected opportunities and more to water utility professionals in the public sector.
WWETT has emerged as the premier venue for water and wastewater business pertaining to service, maintenance and repair of existing systems, said a number of show exhibitors The show worked well for the municipal demographic by providing classes, demonstrations and exhibits relevant to maintaining and repairing current infrastructure at strained budget levels.
Those demonstrations included products such as devices to inspect portable water tanks, city reservoirs and wastewater treatment facilities; CIPP reinstatement cutters, connection seals, lateral linings; and many others. During scheduled educational sessions, municipal sewer and water managers heard about techniques such as injection grouting as a solution to inflow and infiltration issues; how to recover nonrevenue water; lightning-fast methods for evaluating sewer conditions with few resources; and applications of vacuum extraction.
New in 2016 was a kickoff event, which took place over the course of two nights in Lucas Oil Stadium. The first Wastewater Brewing Competition was a big hit as well.
Big news broke immediately after the conference, when it was announced that the show was recently sold to Informa Exhibitions. The conference management company is taking the reins of WWETT events in 2017 and beyond.
Plan to stop by and see how the exhibits change next year. The next WWETT conference returns Feb.22–25 to the Indianapolis Convention Center.