30 Jun 2012
The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is one of the flagship events for the global water industry. It is a platform which facilitates the exchange of ideas and co-creation of innovative solutions to meet the world’s water needs.
Last week, I had the privilege of attending a “sneak preview” for this prestigious event, where SIWW Managing Director, Mr Maurice Neo, briefed a media panel on what to expect during the event, happening at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, from 1 to 5 July this year.
This year’s SIWW will focus on industrial water solutions. Industrial water use takes up about 25% of global water demand, ranking it the second highest in terms of global water consumption. This knowledge came to me as quite a revelation. I never knew industries such as oil and gas, mining, food and beverage and chemical sectors would be the ones contributing such a large water footprint today!
Some of the key highlights for SIWW include the fully sold Water Expo, where more than 650 companies will be showcasing the newest cutting-edge technology in the water industry; the TechXchange Workshop, an event which aims to marry and encourage collaborations between various water corporations; and the Water Leaders Summit, an interactive session where over 300 high-level delegates will be sharing and discussing global water issues.
There was a quiet air of anticipation when the preview concluded. The presentation was relatively brief, but it was enough to leave me wondering just how grand SIWW would be when it finally arrives.
By Charlotte Wee