2018 Membrane Technology Conference

For 2018, WEF are excited to partner with AWWA, AMTA  and WateReuse Association to create an enhanced technical program. Join us to explore how the latest developments in membrane technology can enhance water reliability and quality. Each year the conference reveals new directions in water and wastewater treatment technologies, desalting and membrane bioreactor applications.



2018 Call for Abstracts: Now Open!

For 2018, Water Environment Federation is excited to partner with AWWA and AMTA, and WateReuse Association to create an enhanced technical program.

For complete information on abstract and submittals, please visit the MTC Call for Abstracts web page.

Contact Education Services or call 303.347.6181 if you have questions regarding abstract submission.

Membrane technologies are increasingly used in many applications including municipal water, wastewater, and reuse, as well as in a host of industrial processes. This conference will explore the development and implementation of membrane technologies as well as operation and maintenance of membrane equipment and facilities.  Membrane technology experts and industry pioneers will provide details on existing and emerging products and systems, discuss information and best practices for treating a wide-range of water qualities, and reveal new directions in membrane research and system design and operation. Submit an abstract today


2018 Technical Program

Programming dedicated to advancing the understanding, application and operations of membrane technology.

View the Technical Program online here

The MTC also features facility tourspre-conference workshops and a comprehensive exhibit hallJoin us to explore how the latest developments in technology can enhance water reliability and quality through membrane filtration, reuse, desalting, RO/NF/MF/UF and MBR for water treatment.

Abstract submission was open March thru July 20, 2017, and presenter notifications will be sent in mid-October. Contact Education Services if you have questions regarding abstract submission.

Workshops and Tours

Pre-Conference Workshops and Technical Facility Tours

MTC Workshops and Facility Tours offer additional opportunities for in-depth, hands-on learning. Registration and fee is required, these items are not included in the full conference registration.


PC1 - Back to Basics
March 12, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Back to Basics Workshop provides a full day of membrane immersion (no pun intended) to the attendees with the goal of introducing industry terminology and a basic understanding of the three primary membrane technologies used in municipal applications: MF/UF; NF/RO; and MBR.

PC2 - Closing the Loop on Water Cycle: Integrating Systems Using Membranes
March 12, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – noon
Presented by Water Environment Federation
As the drivers such as tightening regulatory requirements on effluent discharge and water recycling, need for more energy and space efficient technologies increase, and the water cycle loop closes, engineering community is finding ways to develop better engineered systems. One of these is integrating the treatment systems using membranes at resource recovery (water reclamation) facilities. This workshop will present these drivers, means to integrate membrane technologies for energy and space efficiency, higher quality effluent, and nonpotable and potable water reuse. The participants will also hear about case studies as well as design and operations lessons learned from industry leaders.

PC3 - Membranes in Action with Reuse
March 12, 2018, 1:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Presented by WateReuse Association

The WateReuse workshop will provide all insight into how Reuse can benefit Utilities for direct and indirect potable Reuse. This combined with how membranes are part of the research for reusing our water. 

PC4 - Membranes Offer Real-World Solutions
March 12, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – noon
Presented by Southeast Desalting Association

This pre-conference workshop has been designed for operators with utility case studies highlighting source water challenges, membrane treatment process challenges. It will also address pretreatment, post-treatment, and concentrate disposal. Attendees will have an overview of membrane plant operations and maintenance.

PC5 - Membrane Treatment Systems for Operations & Operators
March 12, 2018, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Presented by Florida Section AWWA

This workshop focuses on the application of membranes to solve difficult water treatment challenges; including changing source water qualities, challenging source waters, and challenges in staffing and operating a non-24/7 manned treatment facility. The speakers are experts in their fields and offer real case study examples on addressing each of these challenges. The varied background of the speakers will give attendees different perspectives and approaches in addressing challenges.

Workshop Pricing:
Full Day Workshop: $280 member/$380 nonmember on or before 2/10/2018. 
Half Day Workshop*: $160 member/$230 nonmember on or before 2/10/2018. 
*Sign up for any two (2) half-day workshops (A.M. and P.M.) for the same price as Full Day. 

Technical Facility Tours

T1 - City of Lake Worth Water Treatment Plant & City of Boca Raton Water Treatment Plant
Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$45 member/$55 nonmember if registered by February 10, 2018

The City of Lake Worth Water Treatment Plant currently utilizes a combination of lime softening (permitted 12.9 MGD capacity) and reverse osmosis (permitted 4.5 MGD capacity) treatment. The lime treatment process consists of conventional lime softening and filtration of surficial aquifer supply wells from the Biscayne aquifer. The reverse osmosis treatment process, built in 2011, utilizes brackish water from the Floridan aquifer. The plant was first built in 1959 as an alum plant, but has since morphed into a lime softening plant. Disinfection is provided by a sodium hypochlorite feed system and combined chlorine is provided by an ammonia feed system.

The tour then travels to Boca Raton. In the late 1990’s, city leaders began a project to dramatically improve the aesthetic quality of the drinking water supplied to customers. The Boca Raton City Council authorized final design and construction of a 40 million-gallon-per-day (mgd), state-of-the-art membrane softening process at the Glades Road Utility Services complex. The water supply is also supplemented with the city's lime softening treatment process which is typically the primary means of treatment for many of the other water treatment facilities in South Florida and the nation. Today, residents can rely on the modern, 70 mgd water treatment plant located at the Utility Services complex for high quality drinking water.


T2 - Town of Jupiter Water Treatment Plant & Seacoast Utility Authority Hood Road Water Treatment Plant
Friday, March 16, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - noon
$45 member/$55 nonmember if registered by February 10, 2018


2018 MTC at-a-Glance*  

All events take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida 

Note the new schedule for 2018! Exhibit Hall will open on Tuesday instead of Monday.

 Monday, March 12, 2018  
 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Pre-Conference Workshops (times vary, additional fee)
Tuesday, March 13  
 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:15 - 10:00 a.m.  Opening General Session
 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open (Note new hours for 2018!)
 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
 10:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  Luncheon in Exhibit Hall
 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Poster Session & Networking Reception
 Wednesday, March 14  
 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 10:00 a.m.-noon & 1:30-6:00 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open (closed during Awards Luncheon)
 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Awards Luncheon
 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  Experts in the Round
 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Poster Session & Social Hour in Exhibit Hall
 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.  AMTA Member Meeting
 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  Student & Young Professionals Reception
 Thursday, March 15  
 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  Conference Luncheon
 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.  Closing Session & Best Paper/Poster Presentation Awards
Friday, March 16  
 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Technical Facility Tours (add'l fee)
 *Preliminary - Subject to Change