ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) 87th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC 2014) set new records in New Orleans, according to a press release.

A total of 20,385 registrants and 1,027 companies from nearly 100 countries participated in WEFTEC 2014 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, which was the largest showing for WEF in the New Orleans, stated the release.

Kicking off the conference on Monday, Sept. 29, was the Opening General Session, built around a central theme of embracing change in a disruptive age, which featured remarks from 2013-2014 WEF President Sandra Ralston and best-selling author and transformative change expert Luke Williams, reported the release.

WEFTEC is recognized as the world’s largest annual water quality event and provides the latest technologies and services for water environment preservation, restoration and sustainability, noted the release.

“The notable showing in New Orleans says that WEFTEC is an important industry event but also speaks to the value and importance of water as a big picture issue that links to all aspects of modern society,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “WEF understands that and has worked hard to stretch ourselves beyond what has traditionally worked, which demonstrates our willingness to change to meet the evolving needs of our members, attendees and the entire water sector.”

You can find the release here.