Bangalore, February 03, 2016: The 8th edition of IWA WATER LOSS 2016 reached the end of Three day Marathon on high note today. The event was organised by International Water Association (IWA), Indian Water Works Association (IWWA) and MM Activ Sci Tech Communications supported by Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB).
The Conference with its theme “Towards MINIMUM LOSSES through Technologies; Proactive Policies and Sustainment” was addressed by over 120 International Speakers across 26 sessions with over 700 delegates. The event witnessed the participation from over 38 countries South Africa, India, Israel, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Korea, Spain, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Hungary, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Malaysia, Jordan, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, France, Ghana, Morocco, Bahamas, Romania, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Denmark, Cyprus, Austria, Albania, Nepal, Bhutan, Malaysia, Srilanka. The event had participation from over 12 water boards of India including Delhi, Guwahati, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and many more.
The Exhibition had participation of over 40 organisations. The exhibition brought the latest technologies from across the world related to Leakage detection, Pipe laying & pipe fusion, Pressure control, Advanced Metering, IT interventions for smart water management, etc.
Leading Organizations from the sector L&T construction, Suez Environment, VA TECH WABAG, Grundfos Pumps India Limited, IVL Flow Control, Mcelroy, NJS Engineers, Veolia, ARAD Group, ITRON, Ranhill Water Services, Indian Hume pipe Company, ch2m HILL, Gutermann-Detector India, Infosys, Wipro, IBM, Durga Valves, Taisei International, along with Bangalore Water supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, many more along with International Delegations participated in the event with over 2000 business visitors to the exhibition.
The Highlight Program of the event was the CEO and Water Boards Conclave having the leaders from Industry and Policy Makers addressing on the core theme of the event. The session was moderated by Mr. Ganesh Pangare IWA Regional Director Asia Pacific and the panelists included representatives from IWA, Grundfos Group, NJS Engineering, L&T Construction, Maharashtra Water Resource and Tamil Nadu Water Investment Company Ltd. The other highlights included the Session on Smart Funding for Cities; Water Leaders Forum, and other leading sessions addressed by leaders.
The third day of the conference began with a sessions on Contract Management which was chaired by Mr. Andrew Donnelly and Water Saving Considerations as moderated by Prof. Mohan Kumar. The primary objective of the sessions was to establish a sustainable non-revenue water management capability to deliver long term commitments.
The intermediate sessions saw discussions on improving tools and products to support and capacitate users in the war on leaks in the same session Mr. Ashok Natarajan from the Tamil Nadu Water Investment Company Ltdspoke about the management of distribution networks to reduce losses in the state of Tamil Nadu indigenous to the company’s mastermind.
From the various important conferences in the afternoon session discussing the volley of water management issues, few of the key highlights were ‘Development of Real Time Pump Management System’ and ‘Technology Driven Pipeline Management’. The topics talked in details an integrated approach and the use of right technology to deliver the solutions.
“All good things come to an end, but we are leaving with knowledge and inputs The next aim is to accumulate as much information as we can from the event and implement the same as future course of action to ensure that we minimize the water loss. The community needs to do it together as the objective cannot be achieved in isolation”said Dipankar Adhya-General Secretary-SAFE Water of the People
“The industry relevant topics coupled with great speakers and issues that are really universal made the Water Loss 2016 conference such a successful one. It is that time of the year that replenishes the solution systems as we can exchange ideas in a common platform to be better equipped to handle water crisis,” said Joseph Butterfield-Research engineer Northumbrian Water and Sheffield University.
TIM Waldron, Chair IWA Water Loss Specialist Group said, “This is the first IWA major conference in India, it has been a wonderful success, with people across globe sharing knowledge and building long lasting professional relationships with whole aim of saving water that’s been lost in order to help every Community in India.
- Krishnappa, Engineer in Chief, BWSSB and Hon. Chairman, IWA WATER LOSS 2016 said the event has brought together leaders, practitioners, policy makers to one global platform to understand the latest trends and technologies across the globe. Water Loss 2016 has created opportunity for technology transfer, collaborations and exchange program.
Srinivas Reddy, Chairman, Indian Water Works Association, Bangalore Centre and Vice Chairman, IWA WATER LOSS 2016 said Indian Water Works Association was very proud to host this prestigious event in Bangalore along with support with various organisations and water boards of India. Hosting this event has given truly international opportunity for the Indian Companies and Authorities opening new opportunities.
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