Texas Water 2024

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Texas Water is the largest regional water conference in the United States, drawing thousands of exhibitors and attendees each year to learn and network.

Abstract Submission for Texas Water 2024 is closed - if you submitted an abstract for consideration be on the lookout for more information in early 2024.

Interested in Attending?

Attendee Registration for Texas Water 2024 is now open at www.txwater.org

Interested in Exhibiting?

Exhibit Booths are offered to existing partners and advertising firms, and then made available to firms on a waitlist held by our third party contractors.
If you are interested in exhibiting at Texas Water click the button below to contact our Exhibit Booth sales team.


Exhibitor Information

Special Events Include:

TUESDAY, APRIL 9
7:00 am Golf Tournament • The Golf Club at Fossil Creek

8:30 am–11:30 am Curtis Smalley Environmental Event Trinity Park

1:00 pm–4:00 pm WEAT Annual Board Meeting Convention Center Ballroom A

4:00 pm–5:00 pm WEAT Ops Challenge Pre-Meeting

4:30 pm–6:30 pm Meet & Greet • Exhibit Hall

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10
5:30 am Dodson Drive Fun Run (6:30 am start time)

8:15 am–8:45 am WEAT Ops Challenge Process Control Event

8:45 am–3:00 pm WEAT Ops Challenge Laboratory, Exhibition and Electrical Events

9:00 am–10:00 am Opening Session

9:00 am–1:30 pm WEAT Student Design Competition

11:30 am–1:00 pm Awards Lunch

1:00 pm–1:15 pm WEAT Business Meeting

3:00 pm–3:30 pm Biosolids Beauty Pageant

3:30 pm–5:00 pm Fastest Saw Cut

5:15 pm–5:30 pm Young Professionals & Student Awards Ceremony

5:30 pm–6:15 pm Young Professionals & Student Reception/Mentoring Program Networking Event

THURSDAY, APRIL 11
7:15 am–9:00 am Women of Water Breakfast

8:00 am–2:45 pm WEAT Ops Challenge Safety, Collection System, Maintenance and Exhibition Events

2:45 pm–3:45 pm WEAT Ops Challenge Awards Ceremony

6:15 pm Gavel Passing • Billy Bob’s Texas

6:30 pm–8:30 pm Conference Night-Out • Billy Bob’s Texas

FRIDAY, APRIL 12
7:00 am–8:30 am Gloyna Breakfast

8:00 am–Noon Facility Tours • Depart from Convention Center

Important Info & Featured Events at Texas Water 2024

WEAT Committee Meetings

Take action and join a committee! WEAT offers a wide variety of specialized committees to its members. Committee connections provide members with a sense of camaraderie and mutual goals, which are especially rewarding at this time. Committees will be having open meetings the week before Texas Water 2024. Feel free to jump in and join any or as many of the meetings as you’re interested in and have time to attend. Check back soon for a comprehensive schedule of committee meetings at Texas Water 2024.

WEAT Board Meeting & Leaders' Networking Event

WEAT's 2nd Quarter Board Meeting at Texas Water will see new officer elections for the 2024-25 term. The Board Meeting & Networking Event is open to anyone interested in getting involved with WEAT and will be held on-site at the Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom A on April 9, 2024 from 1 to 4 PM.

Opening General Session/Keynote Address

Wednesday, April 10, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Opening Session

Join us at the Opening General session for Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker's Keynote Address.

Reelected in 2023 with 70% of the vote, Mayor Parker has served as the 45th Mayor of Fort Worth since 2021. Parker is focused on building a safer and stronger Fort Worth, nurturing thriving families, and fostering the highest quality of life in every ZIP code of the nation’s 13th largest city.

Launching her vision to build Fort Worth into a world-class city, Mayor Parker’s next-generation leadership includes key efforts and community partnerships to bolster Fort Worth’s development to compete in a global economy, improve public safety, expand
access to education and workforce opportunities, and preserve the city’s rich heritage with a pioneering spirit and determination to leave things better than she found them.

Mayor Parker is a licensed attorney, with more than seventeen years of experience in national, state and local public affairs, including her service as the chief of staff for Mayor and the Fort Worth City Council. She was the founding CEO of Fort Worth Cradle to Career and the Tarrant To & Through (T3) Partnership. She and her husband David are the proud parents of one daughter and two sons.

Operations Challenge

Watch the nation’s best operators and maintenance staff compete in the Operations Challenge Competition. The competition returns in person this year and is open to any team that would like to sign up; teams of two to four can compete in as many as seven events. Click here to sign up today!

The competition takes place in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday and Thursday. This multi-day competition showcases each team’s knowledge and skills in Process Control, Laboratory Event, Pump Maintenance, Collection System, Safety, and our three exhibition events: Gupta Electrical Event, Seepex Exhibition Event and Victaulic Exhibition Event. If you are interested in becoming an Operations Challenge Sponsor, more information is available by clicking here.

Non-Utility teams, and any person in attendance at the show, can sign up and compete in the Exhibition Events where two divisions are available. Division I represents past teams who have competed in all events, and Division II represents new teams competing in any event for the first time. Competitors can receive up to 10 TCEQ CEU hours, t-shirts, entry into the technical sessions and exhibit halls, and bragging rights! The top Texas Teams earn a free trip to the National WEFTEC competition.

Ops Challenge Awards Ceremony

Congratulate the best performing teams in each competition event, along with the overall winners, at the Operations Challenge Awards Ceremony, on Thursday, April 13 from 2:45 to 3:45 PM in the Exhibit Hall.

Biosolids Beauty Pageant

Biosolids Beauty Pageant is coming to Texas Water 2024 and will be held from 3:00 to 3:30 PM in the Exhibit Hall. Categories include Class B, Class A/AB, Overall Winner, People’s Choice and Most Creative Presentation. Visit https://www.txwater.org/2024/b... for more information and to sign up.

Registration

Online registration will open soon at txwater.org!

Contact the WEAT office for your WEAT/WEF Member number.

President's Reception

Each year, WEAT invites friends and colleagues to our President’s Reception — an evening of celebration, networking, and accolades as we honor WEAT’s President.

Sponsorship Opportunities will be available, more information to come.

Student Design Competition

Wednesday, April 10, 9 AM to 1:30 PM

The WEAT Student Design Competition (SDC) gives students the opportunity to design and present a project based on a real-world wastewater treatment plant design problem. Students will be competing to represent WEAT at the Student Design Competition in New Orleans at WEFTEC 2024.

The 2024 WEAT SDC will focus on the Pecan Creek Water Reclamation Plant (PCWRP) located in Denton, Texas. The plant was constructed in 1961 and later expanded four more times before reaching its current permitted flows of 21-mgd AADF and 46-mgd P2H. Denton is experiencing unprecedented growth and the plant will expand to accommodate the population increase. Students participating in the competition are tasked with expanding the plant to 26-mgd AADF and 69-mgd P2H, upgrading the adjacent Dyno-Dirt Composting Facility to accommodate the increase of plant biosolids, along with addressing other improvements.

Come out and support your alma mater or see some prospective future leaders in the industry!

Women of Water Breakfast

Thursday, April 11, 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Ticket required

The Annual Women of Water Breakfast will feature three dynamic panel members who will discuss their entrepreneurial skills providing different services to the public and the water industry. This year's panel will feature Cristina Criado, CEO of Criado & Associates; Stephanie Corso of Rogue Water; and Nancy Lerner of Brio Consulting. We look forward to having you join us for breakfast as these women showcase the difference women can make in our water community, while also providing a forum for future leaders to network with seasoned professionals.

One ticket is included with Full Registration. Additional breakfast tickets are available at $50 each if purchased on or before March 18; $60 after.

Facility Tours

Friday, April 12, 8:00 AM

Attendees can add to their Texas Water 2024 experience by registering for one of the three Friday morning tours. Tour tickets are in addition to conference registration and include transportation. Cost is $35 if purchased by March 18; $40 thereafter. Choose one of the three tours that will leave from the Fort Worth Convention Center at 8 a.m. Friday morning:

Option 1: Tour of Bureau of Engraving & Printing’s Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth

How is money made? The Western Currency Facility opened in 1990 in Fort Worth as the first government facility outside Washington, DC, to print United States paper money. The facility serves the currency needs of the western half of the nation and acts as a contingency operation in case of an emergency at the DC facility. The facility was recently named Industry of the Year and additionally earned a Pretreatment Partnership Award and Pollution Prevention award in their sweep of 2019 City of Fort Worth Environmental Awards. The tour is limited to the first 48 people who sign up.

Option 2: City of Fort Worth Class A Biosolids Rotary Drum Dryer Facility

On Dec. 30, 2019, the City of Fort Worth executed a contract with Synagro of Texas-CDR, Inc. for the processing and beneficial reuse of the City’s biosolids. This agreement included requirements for designing, building, operating and maintaining a rotary drum dryer facility. The dryer project had a contractually mandated 30-month design-build timeline, with a fixed price design-build budget of $58 million dollars. Construction activities reached substantial completion on May 31, 2022. The facility began producing its Class A dried pelletized product in July of 2022.

The rotary drum dryer is a state-of-the-art facility that utilizes an innovative design to maximize efficiency. The drum itself was manufactured by Andritz (Model DDS140) and is the largest rotary drum dryer installed in the United States. It has an evaporative capacity of 14 metric tons per hour and can handle Fort Worth’s projected max month solids loading for the year 2040 (110 dry tons/day). Approximately 75% of the hot air coming out of the dryer is recycled back into the process to reduce energy demands, and reclaimed water is used for cooling equipment. Off-spec dried material is recycled back into the process to minimize landfilling. The tour is limited to the first 48 people who sign up.

Option 3: Trinity River Authority CRWS Thermal
Hydrolysis Process Facility
The Trinity River Authority (TRA) Central Regional Wastewater System (CRWS) provides wastewater collection and treatment services to all or portions of 21 jurisdictions in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex, as well as the DFW International Airport. The Solids Management Program included significant improvements to the plant’s solids handling facilities and incorporated a Thermal Hydrolysis Process to produce a Class A biosolids product.

The final product exhibits excellent properties for soil blending and land application with low odor biosolids. Another added benefit of THP is that digested biosolids exhibit better dewatering properties and mechanical dewatering can produce cake biosolids typically greater than 30% with either belt filter presses or centrifuges. The tour is limited to the first 48 people who sign up.

Curtis Smalley Environmental Event

Tuesday, April 9, 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Calling all environmental enthusiasts and dedicated volunteers – get ready to make a splash at the Curtis Smalley Environmental Event! This event promises a morning of meaningful impact and Texas-sized camaraderie amidst the scenic backdrop of Trinity Park in downtown Fort Worth. With a blend of professionalism and genuine enthusiasm, the Curtis Smalley Environmental Event aims to inspire, educate, and foster connections among water enthusiasts, passionate about safeguarding our water resources. Get your boots ready for a meaningful experience, which includes the chance to make a tangible impact on the protection and restoration of the beloved waterways along the Clear Fork Trinity River. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a collective effort that will continue the legacy of this cherished event. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up for the event online at www.txwater.org (under “Events”).

Dodson's Drive 5K Fun Run/Walk

Wednesday, April 10 5:30 AM check in; 6:30 AM start time

The Dodson Drive Fun Run supports young professionals in the Texas water industry by raising funds to support the TAWWA/WEAT Dodson Drive Fund. The Dodson Drive Fund, established in 2011 to honor the late Kenneth Dodson, provides scholarships for young professionals and funding to send our young professionals to the annual Young Professionals Summit.

This year’s Fun Run is a 5K course location starting between the Fort Worth Convention Center and the Fort Worth Water Gardens. Participants will run the historic streets of downtown Fort Worth on a scenic route, with views of the famous Water Gardens and Fort Worth City Hall along the way. All teams and paid participants will be chip timed and receive a technical shirt. Finishers will receive their very own finisher’s ribbon to wear on your Texas Water badge. Awards will be given to the fastest male and female overall runners, fastest male and female masters runners, fastest YP male and female runners, and the fastest team. Sign up at www.txwater.org! Don’t miss being a part of this conference tradition!

InFLOW Program

InFLOW stands for Introducing Future Leaders to Opportunities in Water and was conceived by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in an effort to introduce promising students from underrepresented groups to professional careers in the water industry. InFLOW aims to enhance diversity and inclusion in the water workforce.

More information about the national InFLOW program is available at WEF's InFLOW page.

The InFLOW program is intended to showcase and inform students of the many rewarding careers in the water sector; as well as facilitate networking and mentoring opportunities for successful careers in the water sector.

More information about InFLOW at Texas Water is available at WEAT's InFLOW page.

Sponsorship

The WEAT/WEF InFLOW, Introducing Future Leaders to Opportunities in Water, is a program to enhance diversity and inclusion in the water workforce. Overall, the InFLOW program for students aims to provide students with the skills, experience, and connections they need to succeed in their chosen field after graduation.

Part of InFLOW takes place at Texas Water 2024, with the InFLOW Panel, an opportunity to have small and meaningful conversations with program supporters, mentors, and future employers, and tours around the exhibit hall.

We are looking for organizations like yours to join us as a sponsor to support outreach to diverse groups of up-and-coming professionals as we encourage and help prepare them for future water careers. The program is designed to help students gain practical skills and experience in our industry while connecting them with potential employers. Our sponsors have multiple opportunities to be recognized as part of our year-long InFLOW Program.

Awards Lunch

Wednesday, April 10 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Ticket Required

Enjoy a great meal with your colleagues at the Awards Lunch. The luncheon will feature the first of the conference award ceremonies, recognizing some of the longtime leaders of our water/wastewater community. Your ticket to the luncheon is included with Full or Wednesday-Only Registration. Additional tickets are available for $75 on or before March 18; $85 after.

Awards Celebration

Thursday, April 11 12:30 to 1:05 PM

Texas Water will honor WEAT and TAWWA friends and
colleagues who have demonstrated their commitment to the
water and wastewater profession. This fast-paced, live and fun
event will take place in the Grandy Lobby of the Convention
Center, overlooking the Water Gardens Plaza. Enjoy a Box
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall, then join us for the Awards Celebration
after eating. Seating is limited and will not accomodate space
for eating lunch so please finish your meal in the Exhibit
Hall before heading over to cheer on the award winners.

Conference Night Out

Thursday, April 11, 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM

Ticket required

Our conference night out event will take place at the Historic Billy Bob’s Texas, conveniently located in the Stockyards. Billy Bob’s Texas first opened April 1, 1980 with a live concert from Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. It is the world’s largest honky-tonk. The event will feature live music, food options, and live armadillo races. The Conference Night Out tickets include one Old West Photo (1 photo ticket) and a deluxe bar service that includes a variety of wines, beers and cocktails (2 drink tickets, followed by a cash bar).

Shuttle buses will leave from the conference hotel at 6 pm. The Gavel Passing ceremony will start at 6:15 pm.

A Conference Night-Out ticket is included with Full Registration or with the Guest Badge. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at the cost of $100 by March 18; $110 after.

Billy Bob’s Texas is located at 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX 76164.

Water for People Silent Auction

Wednesday, April 10 - Thursday, April 11

All net proceeds from the silent auction benefit Water For People, a global non-profit with a revolutionary mission of water and sanitation for every family, every school, and every clinic!! Water For People insists on remaining for generations, gaining district-wide matching support, employing locals, and empowering women. Their motto is “Everyone Forever” and the model they employ to execute programs and projects ensures long-lasting, sustainable impacts to communities. To donate an auction item, visit www.txwater.org.

Meet & Greet/Exhibit Hall

Tuesday, April 9, 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Texas Water attendees Meet & Greet in the Exhibit Hall at the Fort Worth Convention Center for refreshments.

Registration opens at 4 p.m., then you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Exhibit Hall. Texas Water 2024 hosts the largest regional water exhibition on the continent. More than 600 exhibit booths are in one place, at one time, in the convention center.

YP Technical Session

Wednesday, April 10, 1:20 to 5:10 PM

Young Professionals will share their knowledge and experiences on an array of matters aimed at engaging YPs and seasoned professionals alike. Reference the program lineup for details.

Student Award Ceremony

Wednesday, April 10, 5:15 PM to 5:30 PM

Winners of the Student Design Competition, the University Forum, and the Dodson’s Drive Run will be honored and celebrated at this ceremony, ahead of the YP, Students, and Mentoring Program Networking Event.

YP, Students, InFLOW Students, Mentoring Program Networking Event

Wednesday, April 12, 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM

Join Students, YPs, and seasoned professionals for drinks and hors d’oeuvres during this networking event. The Networking Event will provide Young Professionals an opportunity to meet with Mentors and discuss their career journey. Join us to learn more about the Mentoring Program and how you can participate.

Professional Ethics Workshop for Engineers

Thursday, April 11, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

The Texas Water Engineer’s Ethics Seminar is an interactive and thought-provoking session led by Bob Pence and Gina Smith from Freese and Nichols, Inc. While earning one Professional Development Hour and satisfying the annual ethics requirement, you will learn to recognize ethical situations faced by engineers, analyze the issues of ethical situations, and discuss how to resolve ethical situations in a creative and professional manner. There is no additional fee or need to pre-register for this training.

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