Groundwater Expo coming to Las Vegas

The NGWA Ground Water Expo kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas. The annual exposition of well and groundwater products features 324 exhibitors -- a record number this year -- as well as 12 hours of exhibits and more than 80 hours of workshops, according to the NGWA website.

There will be several opportunities to earn CEP credits and learn more about pumps in the process. Courses available at the expo include "Big Wells, Big Pumps, Big Water," "Pump Sizing Tools -- What They Are and How They Work," and "What's New in Renewable Energy Pumping."

Highlights of this year's expo include the Great Basin Aquifer field trip, education lectures regarding the economic life-cycle of water wells, and the sole-source aquifer system in West Africa, and a chance to help develop industry best practices at various working sessions. The expo is also taking advantage of the fun Las Vegas offers, organizing a tour of the city's architecture for expo attendees and a behind-the-scenes tour of Elvis's Vegas haunts.

The expo's keynote speaker is Brian Schul, retired Air Force pilot whose plane was shot down during the Vietnam War. He survived the crash, but doctors told him he'd never fly again. Schul recounts how he proved them wrong in this inspiring presentation.

The conference is at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It runs through Friday.

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