91st annual WEFTEC kicks off in New Orleans


This year will mark the Water Environment Federation’s 91st annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC), being held Sept. 29 – Oct. 3 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. WEFTEC is the largest water and wastewater industry tradeshow in North America where water professionals from around the world come to learn, connect and explore new, transformative ways to manage and create the future of water.

WEFTEC’s 2018 technical program and exhibition will include more than 100 technical sessions, dozens of workshops, local facility tours, numerous events and more than 1,000 exhibitors who will showcase the latest developments, research, solutions and cutting-edge technologies. The show regularly draws more than 20,000 attendees, who will find increased opportunities in 2018 to interact directly with global water experts through mobile sessions, product demonstrations, the popular Innovation Showcase and several specially-designed pavilions.

Here are a handful of new technologies and announcements sent our way from companies that will be exhibiting at the show this year. For more info on WEFTEC 2018, visit weftec.org.

badgerTFX-500w Ultrasonic Flow Meter
from Badger Meter

The TFX-500w ultrasonic flow meter measures volumetric flow of clean water in pipes 10 in. or smaller. It is well suited for water distribution and wastewater collection in new and retrofit applications. In addition to having lower installation costs than an inline flow meter, by clamping on the outside of the pipe, the TFX-500w meter can be installed while the system continues to operate. To learn more, visit us at booth #5328 at WEFTEC 2018.

Carylon Corp.

Carylon is the industry-leading national organization of best-in-class regional operating companies that offer specialized services in sewer system maintenance, water supply maintenance and soil/sludge remediation to maintain critical environmental infrastructure. Since 1949, we have been pioneering new processes, making technological advancements and developing specialized equipment to help municipalities, utilities and industrial companies comply with environmental regulations and meet the growing challenges of environmental infrastructure management.

cuesCUES SPiDER Scanner

The SPiDER Scanner is the first wireless and color manhole inspection technology in a lightweight and compact form factor. The SPiDER is a scanner that can calculate its position in the manhole shaft by using its sensor data to measure its incremental motion instead of the payout cable. SPIDER weighs less than 30 lbs and can be hand carried to easements or other previously difficult to access sites. Visit CUES at WEFTEC, booth #711. For more, visit cuesinc.com or salesinfo@cuesinc.com.

electro scanElectro Scan for Pressurized Mains

Electro Scan’s 4-in-1 multi-sensor probe includes low voltage conductivity, high-definition CCTV camera, pressure sensor, and acoustic hydrophone to automatically locate, within 0.4 in., and quantify, in GPM, all leaks. The combined technologies complement each other, allowing for a wider scope of leak detection so that any pipe, no matter the material, can be assessed, with machine-intelligent results available in 10 minutes or less. Visit WEFTEC Booth #3107.

permanet+Fluid Conservation Systems’ PermaNet+

PermaNet+ is a battery-powered, cellular-enabled, acoustic leak detection and monitoring solution that delivers daily leak reports, including acoustic leak audio files and autocorrelations, via the cloud. PermaNet+ is installed below grade, eliminating the need to install and maintain additional above ground infrastructure. The PermaNetWeb cloud dashboard includes powerful web tools to filter and listen to leak audio, validate remote correlations, identify leak locations and minimize NRW.

reliaprimeReliaPrime Back-Up System from Gorman-Rupp

Gorman-Rupp Pumps offers a line of ReliaPrime Back-Up Systems. These emergency bypass pumps operate on natural gas, making them another quiet, efficient and environmentally friendly addition to Gorman-Rupp’s family of industry leading engine-driven pumps. The ReliaPrime line is available with Ultra V Series pumps, Super T Series pumps or Prime Aire pumps and offer pumping capacities to 1,600 gpm and heads to 152 ft and handles 3-in. diameter spherical solids. To learn more, call 419-755-1011; visit grpumps.com; or visit booth #3249 at WEFTEC.


HOBAS pipe is suitable for virtually every installation method of new construction and rehab. The centrifugally cast, fiber-reinforced, polymer mortar pipe is inherently corrosion resistant. Key applications are sanitary and storm sewers, other corrosive environments and potable water. Pressure and gravity pipe diameters range from 18 to 126 in. For more information, contact HOBAS at 800-856-7473, 281-821-2200 or info@hobaspipe.com. Additional info available at hobaspipe.com.

info senseInfoSense SL-DOG App

InfoSense recently released the Sewer Line Data OrGanizer (SL-DOG) iOS and Android app to help field operators manage acoustic inspection data collected by the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool (SL-RAT). The SL-DOG app allows operators, while conducting acoustic inspections in the field, to add asset IDs and field notes. The app automatically syncs to the SL-DOG cloud-based portal, allowing field operators to efficiently tie data to specific asset IDs, while streamlining back-office data management.

lmkT-Liner by LMK Technologies

LMK’s T-Liner is a one-piece homogenous main and lateral CIPP connection liner that is ASTM F2561 compliant. T-Liner has a uniform wall thickness and can be installed with either polyester or epoxy resin. T-Liner with ASTM F3240 Insignia compression gasket-sealing technology provides a verifiable non-leaking system. These compression gaskets are embedded between the host pipe and the T-Liner. To learn more, please call 1-815-640-9302 or visit lmktechnologies.com/t-liner.

Matchpoint Data-Driven Solutions

Data-Driven Solutions are at the heart of Matchpoint’s methodology. Matchpoint’s robust technologies and best practices are grounded in validated and historical data, collected from sensors throughout your system. The knowledge derived from your data empowers your organization to make quick and reliable decisions. To learn more, visit matchpointinc.us.

muellerJones Smarter Hydrant by Mueller Water Products

The Smarter Hydrant provides pressure monitoring and leak detection, in addition to fire protection 24/7. Any existing Jones wet barrel fire hydrant with a dome top can be converted to a Smarter Hydrant, allowing utilities to easily upgrade and use existing hydrants as a hub for communication and technology deployment. Visit us at WEFTEC, booth #6225 or muellerwaterproducts.com.

smart coverSmartCover Systems’ SmartTrend

SmartTrend is a comprehensive software tool enabling users to anticipate overflow events at remote monitoring sites long before they occur. SmartTrend automatically scans each site to analyze trends in the collection system. It determines conditions using advanced signal processing and pattern recognition, sending advisories to users when a trend is discovered. Users have the most advanced method available to predict future issues, including early warning for SSOs and CSOs, before they occur.

val-matic portVal-Matic Port Plug

Val-Matic’s 100 percent Port Plug Valves provide energy efficient operation with advanced features such as: welded-nickel seats, eccentric action, full size access covers, resilient encapsulated ductile iron plugs and full-discharge ports. Designed to provide both on-off and process control functions in municipal and industrial systems. Ranging in sizes from a ½ in. to 60 in., the valve is NSF/ANSI 372 certified lead-free, AWWA C517 compliant and features ASME B16.1 flanged ends and AWWA C110 mechanical joint ends.

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