World Water Leaders to gather in Brazil

The 14th Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies (LET2017), organised by the International Water Association, is taking place in Florianópolis, Brazil, from 29 May – 01 June, 2017.

LET2017 attracts over 500 international water industry experts in the fields of water science and research; innovative water and wastewater technologies; engineering and water utilities. Representatives come from the scientific, academic, engineering, industrial, economic and governmental sectors.

Tapping into wastewater to address water scarcity in Brazil

Wastewater, currently released into Brazil’s rivers and lakes untreated, can be one of the greatest untapped opportunities for sustainable economic development. Wastewater can become a source of water, as well as of valuable materials like energy, nutrients, metals, plastics, nitrogen and phosphorus embedded in the wastewater.

Water quality and water scarcity are two interlinked water challenges in Brazil. LET2017 provides ground-breaking science and technology, anticipating solutions to our global water and environmental challenges.

The LET is a place for innovation and new ideas. Tom Williams, Interim Executive Director of the IWA said: “LET is the number one global platform for water leaders to share insights into how pioneering science, technological innovation and leading practices are shaping the transformation that is underway in water management. It will attract expertise from around the world, and attendees will have a unique opportunity to engage with the top specialists and decision-makers in the water sector.”

The event will also showcase the best of Brazilian industry and academia, allowing delegates in Florianópolis to gain unparalleled insights into the country’s technical expertise and culture of innovation.

“The LET represents a strategic milestone for technology and sustainability in Santa Catarina and in Brazil. It will strengthen the country’s position as a science and technology leader in Latin America, and streamline national implementation of the latest global water solutions,” said Kennedy Nunes, Deputy from Florianópolis, Santa Catarina.

Adjuto Afonso, President of the União Nacional dos Legisladores e Legislativos Estaduais (UNALE), stressed: “As legislators we see the importance in improving our knowledge about this precious resource and I hope that more legislators can be able to participate in the upcoming conference in Florianópolis”.

The LET2017 represents an invaluable opportunity for global water professionals to discover the latest science and technology in water management and distribution and to explore the critical challenges and solutions facing the planet and its most precious resource.


Media are invited to register, attend and cover LET2017. To express your interest, please contact:


Marta Jiménez, Communications Officer
International Water Association
Mob. +31 6 31 93 40 81

Luciane Toledo, Communications Advisor
Mob. +48 99965 7882