• Black & Veatch leaders and technical experts to focus on "partnership" at SIWW
SINGAPORE, June 1, 2010 -- The final session of Black & Veatch's global series of water reuse roundtables concludes at this year's Singapore International Water Week (SIWW). The event marks the final stop of a four-country series that included six industry dialogue sessions held in Paris, Brisbane, Chicago, Orlando, Washington, D.C., and Singapore.
The Singapore session will feature highly acclaimed U.S. environmental author, Professor Robert Glennon, who will open the session on Wednesday, 30 June. Black & Veatch executives will host approximately one dozen other leaders from the public and private sector to discuss "Overcoming Barriers to Water Reuse in an Integrated Water Portfolio."
"Singapore was chosen as the final location for this dialogue because the country serves as a best-practice model in adaptive water management," said Dan McCarthy, President and CEO of Black & Veatch's global water business. "The session will conclude an enlightening series of conversations that have helped our partners learn more about the challenges we collectively face to resolve."
A white paper that summarizes the findings from all six global sessions will be available later in the summer.
As one of the original founding members of SIWW, Black & Veatch has been partnering with Singapore to develop innovative and sustainable water solutions since 1922. The company today announced its lineup of partnership activities for SIWW 2010, recognizing the common purpose that transcends all boundaries to ensure sustainable and clean water supply. Black & Veatch believes that industry can create new partnerships at international forums like SIWW, prompt multi-party discussion and discover collaborative new solutions.
Black & Veatch is building on the popularity of its event blog, www.SIWWDIARY.com, which attracted thousands of international visitors in 2009. This year the blog will gather impressions from the SIWW 2010 event as well as activities around it and encourage public discussion about water through postings from water industry partners, Black & Veatch professionals and Singaporean media students. Dozens of students from the School of Film & Media Studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic will take part in an assignment to report on events during the Week through posts published on the blog. Black & Veatch is collaborating closely with the school and PUB, Singapore's national water agency, on this innovative, new social media project.
Black & Veatch will participate in a full program of activities through SIWW 2010:
• Len Rodman, Black & Veatch Chairman, President and CEO, will co-chair the America's Business Forum on 1 July. Rodman is a member of Singapore's Environmental and Water Technologies International Advisory Panel and was one of last year's three keynote speakers.
• Dan McCarthy will be a panelist in the Australia Business Forum on 1 July for the second year running. McCarthy also serves on the nomination committee for the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize.
• Cindy Wallis-Lage, Senior Vice President and Executive Managing Director of Technical Solutions, Black & Veatch; Alan Man, Vice President and Managing Director of Black & Veatch's North Asia Pacific water business; and Malcolm Brandt, Water Infrastructure Global Practice Leader for Black & Veatch, will chair sessions during the Water Convention.
• Expert Black & Veatch water/wastewater technology leaders presenting at the Water Convention include Malcolm Brandt, James Currie, Christina Hartinger, Les Lampe and Cindy Wallis-Lage.
During the week, conference participants will have the opportunity to tour plant sites in which Black & Veatch has played a major consultancy role, including Marina Barrage, the Sembcorp NEWater Plant and the Hyflux's Singspring Desalination Plant.
The Black & Veatch roundtable session on 30 June will be open to registered media representatives.
About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch develops tailored infrastructure solutions that meet clients' needs and provide sustainable benefits. Solutions are provided from the broad line of service expertise available within Black & Veatch, including conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, program management, construction management, environmental, security design and consulting, management consulting and infrastructure planning. With $2.7 billion in revenue, the employee-owned company has more than 100 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries on six continents.
About Singapore International Water Week
The Singapore International Water Week is the global platform that brings policymakers, industry leaders, experts and practitioners together to address challenges, showcase technologies, discover opportunities and celebrate achievements in the water world. It runs from 28 June to 2 July at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Themed Sustainable Cities: Clean and Affordable Water, the Singapore International Water Week 2010 will focus on the need for efficiency and cost effective solutions to address water problems amidst a constantly changing environment. More than half of the earth's population already live in cities, and the trend towards urbanization is accelerating. As urbanization continues to gain momentum, there is an urgency to address the water shortage issues before the situation deteriorates further and hampers economic growth.
The event's flagship programs comprise: Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize; Water Leaders Summit; Water Convention; Water Expo; and Business Forums.
About Robert Glennon
Robert Glennon is the author of Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It, which was published in April 2009 by Island Press. He made an impactful guest appearance on the US-hit TV show, The Daily Show, in June 2009. His previous books include the highly-acclaimed Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters (2002). Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.