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WEFTEC 2023: the future of water engineering and infrastructure

By Anastasia LeBar
October 5, 2023

The Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) 2023, held in Chicago, IL, was more than just an event; it was a transformative experience. As attendees from all over the globe converged to discuss, learn, and collaborate, the conference provided a comprehensive understanding of the water sector’s current challenges, recent innovations, and future opportunities. One of the standout discussions was the potential integration of platforms like Fulcrum within the water industry, emphasizing the role of technology in shaping water engineering, infrastructure, and resilience.

1. Understanding current challenges

WEFTEC 2023 delved deep into the pressing challenges facing the water sector. From the impacts of climate change to the pressures of urbanization and aging infrastructure, the conference provided a holistic view of the issues at hand. Attendees gained insights into the importance of community engagement, with the Opening General Session emphasizing the need to expand our ideas around the water community and how we connect with and engage in our communities.

2. Recent innovations

The exhibition floor was abuzz with the latest advancements in water technology. Over 800 leading manufacturers and product developers showcased their innovations, from advanced treatment technologies to digital solutions. Amidst these innovations, the potential of platforms like Fulcrum was discussed. Fulcrum, a mobile data collection platform, offers a range of applications for the water industry. From real-time data collection during field inspections to monitoring water quality and infrastructure health, the platform can revolutionize how data is gathered, analyzed, and acted upon.

WEFTEC 2023: The Future of Water Engineering and Infrastructure

3. Opportunities ahead

WEFTEC 2023 highlighted the many opportunities awaiting the water sector. The discussions revolved around creating a more equitable and sustainable future, with technology playing a pivotal role. The integration of platforms like Fulcrum can streamline operations, enhance data accuracy, and provide actionable insights. For instance, water utilities can leverage Fulcrum to monitor pipeline integrity, track maintenance activities, and even engage with the community through feedback collection.

4. Fulcrum in the water industry

The potential uses of Fulcrum within the water industry are vast. The platform’s flexibility allows for custom app creation, tailored to specific needs. Water utilities can create apps for asset management, tracking the health and maintenance needs of infrastructure components. Environmental agencies can use Fulcrum for wetland assessments, capturing data on plant species, water quality, and more. In disaster scenarios, such as floods, the platform can be used for damage assessments, capturing real-time data that can aid in relief and recovery efforts. The possibilities are endless, and WEFTEC 2023 provided the perfect platform for such discussions.

5. Networking and collaboration

Beyond the sessions and exhibitions, WEFTEC 2023 was a melting pot of professionals, experts, and enthusiasts. Attendees had the opportunity to network, share experiences, and forge collaborations. The potential integration of platforms like Fulcrum sparked discussions on collaborations between tech providers and water utilities, emphasizing the need for collaborative relationships to address the sector’s challenges.


WEFTEC 2023 was a testament to the water sector’s resilience, innovation, and commitment to a sustainable future. The discussions on the potential uses of platforms like Fulcrum highlighted the industry’s openness to technological integration, emphasizing the role of data-driven decision-making in shaping the future of water engineering and infrastructure. As we reflect on the conference’s key takeaways, it’s evident that technology and collaboration will be at the forefront of the water sector’s journey ahead.

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