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Source: Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)
Singapore Leads the Way in Charting Future Research Directions for Water Solutions
Global summit identifies low-energy seawater desalination, network asset management and energy efficiency in wastewater treatment amongst the key technology focus areas

SINGAPORE, June 22, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - More than 300 senior water technology experts from 35 countries identified the technology focus areas (TFAs) for the global water industry at the first ever Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) Technology and Innovation Summit (STIS), held from 16-17 June 2015. These included low-energy seawater desalination, network asset management and energy efficiency in wastewater treatment, amongst others.

These areas were identified by experts from water and wastewater utilities, industrial water users, solution providers, research institutes, international organisations, investors and technology multipliers over two days.

"Singapore is once again honoured to convene the world's leading experts in water technology and innovation to focus on critical issues in greater depth," said Summit Chairperson Mr Ng Joo Hee, who is also the Chief Executive of PUB, Singapore's national water agency. "The law of economics dictates that we need to allocate scarce resources to where they are demanded most, and to use them in the most efficient manner possible. These research areas are thus important towards accelerating the development of new solutions. With increasingly complex challenges faced by the water sector cutting across multiple domains, we have also witnessed the need for integrated solutions that effectively combines two or more TFAs together."

"As many of the identified TFAs are aligned with PUB's technology roadmap, I am looking forward to collaborations between PUB and like-minded institutions to develop solutions to achieve water sustainability for Singapore," added Mr Ng.

Organisations that are keen to develop their own technology roadmap also found the discussions useful.

"Attending the SIWW Technology and Innovation Summit provided us with a comprehensive overview of the latest advances in water technology and innovation. It has enriched our learning and knowledge in water, particularly on the importance of going back to basics and identifying the key gaps in our water sector. We are keen to work on a long-term technology roadmap to address these challenges," said Mr Virgilio C. Rivera Jr., Chief Operating Officer, New Business, Manila Water Company, Philippines.

The outcomes from the two-day summit will be supplemented with case studies and compiled into a global blueprint for water solutions, and will help shape the content and discussions for SIWW 2016.

About Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)

The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is the global platform to share and co-create innovative water solutions. The biennial event gathers stakeholders from the global water industry to share best practices, showcase the latest technologies and tap business opportunities. SIWW is part of the strategic programme of the Singapore Government to grow the water industry and develop water technologies.

Held in between the main SIWW editions, the SIWW Spotlight series are exclusive by-invitation events to continue the dialogue from SIWW and foster ongoing exchanges on pressing challenges faced by the water industry worldwide. This meeting of minds focuses on critical issues and discussions in greater depth, where the outcomes will shape the programme and content for SIWW.

These events are organised by Singapore International Water Week Pte Ltd, a company set up by Singapore's Ministry of the Environment & Water Resources and PUB, Singapore's national water agency. The 7th Singapore International Water Week will be held in conjunction with the 5th World Cities Summit and the 3rd CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, from 10 - 14 July 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. For more information, visit www.siww.com.sg.

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Tel: +65 6731 3108
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Dilys Quek
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Source: Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)

Topic: Research and development
Sectors: Water, Environment
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