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Source: Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)
World's Water Leaders Share Solutions to Unlock Policy, Planning and Project Delivery Challenges
Joint Black & Veatch and SIWW event focuses on innovation beyond technology

SINGAPORE, July 4, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - The water industry must create and capitalize on "economies of scope," said a group of more than 80 world water leaders. This key finding offered insight into the need to address increasing scarcity and cost of the world's most precious resources.

Participants defined scope as the need to look holistically at the touch points of water with energy, food, and industry. The scope must include local market and community needs, as well as the financial impacts, when assessing resource recovery opportunities. Essentially, a full business case is required as part of developing successful and synergistic solutions.

Many other solutions were shared at a workshop co-organized by Black & Veatch and Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) yesterday. The interactive forum was a key component of the Water Leaders Summit 2012, a high-level meeting that gathers the who's who of the global water industry together to engage in meaningful discourse on water issues and solutions. An innovative, fast-paced forum, the event provided an interactive dialogue for water leaders to share their views and best practices on Water Policy, Resource Portfolio Planning and Project Delivery.

Common themes centered on the importance of public education and communication. The value of active collaboration and alignment of all interests were also key topics. Participants also called for greater integration within the water sector and between other sectors with closely related environmental and infrastructure needs.

"The water industry needs to reframe its thinking and embrace innovation at all levels," said Cindy Wallis-Lage, President, Black & Veatch's global water business. "To solve our cities' future water challenges, we need to be smarter about how we create policies, plan and deliver infrastructure."

Led by nine distinguished chairpersons, the sessions uncovered new ideas that will help prepare cities for the unpredictability of a world of constant change and resource scarcity.
Full findings will be published in a white paper later this summer.

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.

Contact:
Carmen Lee
Hill+Knowlton Strategies 
Singapore International Water Week  
Tel: +65 6390 3351             
Email: [email protected]

Andrew Low
Hill+Knowlton Strategies 
Singapore International Water Week  
Tel: +65 6390 3364            
Email: [email protected]


Source: Singapore International Water Week (SIWW)

Topic: Trade Show or Conference
Sectors: Water, Environment
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