Postcards From the WWETT Show

Takeaways from the biggest water and wastewater trade show around

Postcards From the WWETT Show
Through the years the name, technology and locations have changed, but the event has always been an industry favorite.

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This year marks my first time attending the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show, so I decided to take www.promonthly.com readers along with me. Enjoy this quick rundown of events.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

The Ameri-Can Engineering booth on the expo hall floor before the show opens.
The Ameri-Can Engineering booth on the expo hall floor before the show opens.

It’s education day at the WWETT Show in Indianapolis and while industry professionals pursue personal enrichment and CEUs, exhibitors are busy setting up the expo hall. Banners are being hung overhead while we’re unloading and stocking issues of Portable Restroom Operator and its sister publications. It’s an enlightening behind-the-scenes look at what all goes into putting together the largest trade show for the water and wastewater industries. There’s going to be much to see and take in with so many portable restroom, restroom trailer and supply companies exhibiting.

I’m trying to take advantage of the empty exhibit hall, walking around and orienting myself before a pre-show meeting with a vendor. All that’s missing are the show attendees; the early birds are hunkered down in classrooms, but the majority won’t arrive until tomorrow when the hall opens.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Postcards From the WWETT Show

The PolyJohn booth embraced a PolyPalooza theme replete with happy hour and musical performances.

Postcards From the WWETT Show Postcards From the WWETT Show

The pace on the floor show is not quite what I expected, and not all bad. The anticipated feelings of hustle and bustle are present as the number of attendees and exhibitors in the Indiana Convention Center give it that atmosphere. However, many of the attendees move about at a slower pace that’s more measured and careful, saying hello to their fellow industry professionals, old friends and new. There’s a sense of community here and newcomers are embraced warmly; I know because I am one. Today I’m shadowing longtime PRO sales rep, Jim Flory, he seems to know everybody involved in the portable restroom industry. I’m seeing the latest Ameri-Can Engineering fully ADA-compliant and solar-powered restroom trailers, talking with representatives at Satellite | PolyPortables about what’s next from the company, and checking out Walex Products' newest Ovation all-purpose air freshener. There is new tech being demoed, newly outfitted vacuum and pump trucks ready to be driven off the exhibit floor, and overall it’s quite the sight.

Friday, Feb. 22

A participant in the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association National Roe-D-Hoe Competition at Lucas Oil Stadium uses a backhoe to nimbly move bowling pins between slots constructed of PVC pipe.
A participant in the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association National Roe-D-Hoe Competition at Lucas Oil Stadium uses a backhoe to nimbly move bowling pins between slots constructed of PVC pipe.

Friday is a short day for me. I’m flying home early this afternoon, and while I’ve met plenty of people and had some wonderful experiences, there’s still one thing I want to see. It’s time to walk out to Lucas Oil Stadium for WWETT Live! and the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association National Roe-D-Hoe Competition.

The stadium is appropriately massive, and I’m lucky enough to be able to walk out on the field before the crowds arrive and take it all in. I start the day watching a presentation by GapVax of one of its newest water-cycling trucks, which smoothly transitions into a NozzTeq demonstration of the company’s newest nozzles.

After watching a few other demonstrations, it’s time for Roe-D-Hoe. The agility with which the participants use a backhoe to deftly move items such as bowling pins and volleyballs is impressive. And with a $5 entry fee, everyone is welcome to try their hand at it; I pass on the opportunity but cheer on the participants. And just like that, it’s time to go home. 

As short as my time was at the WWETT Show, the experience has solidified one concept for me: I’ve worked for COLE Publishing for roughly 2 ½ years, the past six months as digital editor for PRO. I’ve read every article that ran in print in PRO in those past few years, and while I’ve had a pretty good idea of how a pump truck or a slide-in unit works, nothing compares to seeing and experiencing the industry in person.



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