SINGAPORE - Many international water professionals are still catching their breath and recovering from the long trip to the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW).
As the 7th edition of the event and usually a highlight in the packed water-event calendar, how did the event compare to previous years? We take a quick look at some of the numbers:
- SIWW was held in conjunction with the World Cities Summit (WCS) and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS). The three co-located conferences attracted more than 21,000 participants from 115 countries and regions
- There were more than 1,000 exhibitors across 31,000 sqm for the three events. According to the show organisers, returning exhibitors have already committed close to 60% of exhibition space, ahead of the 2018 edition
- Four country / region pavilions – Turkey, Spain, Scotland and the EU Business Avenues in Southeast Asia Pavilion – joined SIWW this year for the first time, bringing the pavilion total to 21
- More than 100 co-located events were organised on the side-lines of SIWW, including the Industrial Water Solutions Forum (IWSF)
- The Water Leaders Summit played host to over 500 water leaders from the government, utilities, international organizations, academia and private companies, including, 14 water-related ministers
- S$15.2 billion in total value for the announcements on projects awarded, tenders, investments and MOUs during the week, according to national water agency, PUB. This included:
- Call for upcoming tenders for the design and construction of Singapore’s Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) Phase 2 and the Integrated Waste Management Facility; the design and construction of DTSS Phase 2 is estimated to cost S$6.5 billion
- A S$200 million funding boost under the Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 plan to further R&D in the Singapore water industry over the next five years
- The construction of a fifth desalination plant on Singapore’s Jurong Island that will add 30 million gallons of water per day to the nation’s water supply
- Launch of the Singapore Water Academy, a learning institute to help water professionals develop in Singapore and around the world
- Opening of Memstar’s Membrane Manufacturing Plant and R&D centre, a new membrane manufacturing facility in Singapore
- An investment of S$3.5 billion by Korea's Ministry of Environment over the next 12 years to refurbish and build new water infrastructure
- A research collaboration between ZWEEC and USEPA for the development and implementation of an online toxicity water monitoring programme
- A five-year agreement between PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, and GE Water to explore new research opportunities as well as develop novel water treatment technologies and R&D projects locally.
Bernard Tan, managing director of SIWW, said: “This year’s SIWW saw more discussions elevating the water agenda for cities, enhancing collaborations between the public and private sectors, and the use of next-generation technologies for the future of water. The high value and wide-ranging announcements cement SIWW’s value proposition as a global platform for business match-making, practical solutions and innovative technologies.”
What did you think of the show? We’d love to know your thoughts.