WEFTEC 2012 Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is now open for WEFTEC 2012, the national conference of the Water Environment Federation.  The conference will be held in New Orleans, LA, on September 29 – October 3, 2012.  The deadline for submitting abstracts is December 1, 2011.  Although the focus of the conference is on wastewater-related issues, a few areas may be appropriate for presentations with drinking water emphasis and elements.

Water Reclamation and Reuse

  • Environmental benefits using natural systems treatment technologies
  • Water supply management with aquifer storage
  • Potable reuse
  • Advanced technologies for water reclamation
  • Management and decision-making tools for water reuse systems
  • Risk analysis for water reuse and reclamation
  • Public education on reuse and reclamation issues


  • Pathogens and emerging contaminants – microbial indicators, molecular methods, risk assessment, and treatment (including membranes, advanced oxidation, and other innovative and emerging technologies)
  • Design issues, including sizing, automation, modeling, technology integration, and emerging technologies
  • Operation issues including regulatory, safety, security, risk assessment, reliability and sustainability issues, and disinfection byproducts
  • Disinfection of wastewater for reuse, CSO/SSO
  • Ultraviolet technology issues, including bioassays, lamps, sensors, and selection of design doses
  • Validation protocols for all disinfection technologies (including NWRI/AWWARF UV Guidelines, ETV Technology Program, etc.)
  • Potable water issues, including disinfection byproducts
  • Microbial disinfection sensitivity

Watershed Resources Management and Sustainability

Surface and ground water quality and ecology

  • Nutrients permitting and criteria development
  • Pathogens and microbial source tracking studies
  • Habitat restoration
  • Antidegradation
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Water quality trading
  • Microconstituents and contaminants of emerging concern (EDCs, PPCPs, etc.)
  • Nonpoint source investigations and control projects
  • Source control projects
  • Regulatory compliance issues
  • Public outreach and communications
  • Disinfection, including pathogens and emerging contaminants, microbial indicators, molecular methods, risk assessment, treatment, and byproducts
  • Groundwater and ground water–surface water interaction studies

Sustainable water resources management

  • Descriptions of geographically sustainable systems stable for long durations
  • Compromise solutions to management problems that are measured by sustainability indicators and metrics
  • Developing frameworks, indicators, and tools to allow tracking of water sustainability for public policy issues over time
  • Applications to water use, including competition among major uses, conservation, reclamation, water allocation, and demand management
  • Applications to water availability and water quality issues at large or small scale
  • Case studies that show testing and revision to address sustainable urban growth
  • Water-energy nexus interactions and effects on sustainability
  • Triple-bottom-line approach to water resources sustainability

View the full Call for Sessions, Abstracts, and Workshops, and other information about WEFTEC 2012.