What you missed at WEFTEC 23

Oct. 16, 2023
An aggregation of news, products, and videos from the show floor at WEFTEC 23 in Chicago, Illinois.

The Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) returned to form at McCormick Place in Chicago Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, 2023.

WEFTEC 23 had just under 21,000 attendees with 800 exhibitors and hundreds of hours of technical sessions and workshops for industry professionals. As the largest water and wastewater event in North America, numerous companies launched brand new products while others showcase existing technologies that had been upgraded year-over-year.

The Endeavor Business Media Water Group editors visited those booths, attended sessions and conducted more than 20 video interviews with professionals at the show about the latest technology advancements, interesting projects and engineering solutions and thought leadership to take the industry to the next level. Below is an aggregation of that coverage along with a bulleted list of press releases from the show. The video interviews will be publishing over time on Wastewater Digest, WaterWorld and Stormwater Solutions websites, so be sure to sign up for our newsletters to see the latest videos as they release.

WEFTEC 23 products and booth tours

Wastewater Digest Editorial Director Bob Crossen visited a handful of booths to learn about the latest product news from original equipment manufacturers. From wastewater treatment to digital reporting for compliance, below are six of the most interesting announcements from the show floor.

WEFTEC 23 video interviews

Wastewater Digest conducted numerous video interviews with presenters, industry executives, and WEF leadership at WEFTEC 23. Below is the list of all interviews, which will be updated as new videos are releases. Check back on this page each week to see the newest video or subscribe to our newsletter to have them delivered directly to your inbox.

Meet the future CEO of Xylem Matthew Pine

Just two weeks before WEFTEC, Xylem announced it succession plan for its CEO Patrick Decker, who will retire at the end of 2023. Starting Jan. 1, Matthew Pine, current COO for Xylem, will be promoted to CEO to lead the company following a year of many changes for the water industry giant. He spoke with Wastewater Digest about the transition and what the future holds for Xylem now that its acquisition of Evoqua is completed. 

Immediate Past WEF President Ifetayo Venner reflects on her term

Ifetayo Venner sits down with Wastewater Digest Editorial Director Bob Crossen to discuss and reflect on her term as Water Environment Federation president during WEFTEC 23 in Chicago. She said her vision for a more diverse, equitable and inclusive water industry is being realized by the federation, and noted her excitement about the future of the industry.

Meet the 2024 WEF President Aimee Kileen

Aimee Kileen, chief operating officer for Providence, accepted the gavel as Water Environment Federation president during WEFTEC in Chicago at McCormick Place Oct. 4. She spoke with Wastewater Digest about how she will carry WEF's strategic plan forward and shared a message with the industry and her peers about the importance of the circular water economy.

This is the best workforce tool in the industry

Jeff Sober, chair of the WEF Operations Challenge committee, explains how the operations challenge is the greatest workforce development tool in the water and wastewater industry. He also shares why he is so passionate about the event, and how folks can get involved.

About the Author

Bob Crossen

Bob Crossen is the editorial director for the Endeavor Business Media Water Group, which publishes WaterWorld, Wastewater Digest and Stormwater Solutions. Crossen graduated from Illinois State University in Dec. 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He worked for Campbell Publications, a weekly newspaper company in rural Illinois outside St. Louis for four years as a reporter and regional editor.