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I N T E R N AT I O N A L WAT E R S U M M I T

20-22 JANUARY 2014

DAILY NEWS DAY 2

IWS opens as leaders jet in for ADSW

21st January 2014

WHAT’S INSIDE... NEWS • Masdar to access energy efficiency at UAE ministry and embassy • Japan Sewage Works Association showcases host of wastewater solutions • Ras Al Khaimah to build world’s largest desalination plant

FEATURES • Expenditure on water projects across region continues to increase

Q&A

H.H. General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (5th R), attends the opening ceremony of WFES 2014 (Mohamed Al Hammadi/Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi) HE 2014 INTERNATIONAL Water Summit (IWS) kicked off yesterday with the opening ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and a panel discussion looking at the future of sustainable energy production in Africa. H.E. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State, CEO of Masdar and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), welcomed attendees in his opening speech, which highlighted the potential and necessity for harnessing sustainable economic growth. “Ahead of us lies a future with a tremendous potential for sustainable growth,” he said. “With the world’s population surging to eight billion by 2030, we are faced with the task of producing, in less than two decades, roughly 50 per cent more energy, 50 per cent more food and 30 per cent more fresh water while limiting our environmental impact.”

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Led by Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Adnan Amin, the panel line-up saw the presidents of Ethiopia, Senegal and Sierra Leone discuss how the coming decade will be shaped by Africa-driven economic development. H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, said, “Developmental attitudes are taking shape in Africa and seven of the 10 fastest growing economies are now in the continent so this shows that Africa is rising.” The second edition of IWS, which along with WFES forms part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), has seen a 25 per cent increase in exhibition space. Rodrigo Correa, managing director of UK social enterprise Serene Enterprise Alliance, said, “The International Water Summit is a fantastic platform to showcase our company in a key market as well as interact with leading world and business leaders on water solutions.”

• EAD Secretary General H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak speaks exclusively about water security in the UAE and Abu Dhabi’s role in the global water management sector

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NEWS JSWA showcases Japanese wastewater solutions and products Stand no: 4420 THE JAPAN SEWAGE Works Association (JSWA) has been showcasing a host of wastewater products and solutions to exhibitors at IWS as the group attempts to penetrate markets across the region. Kotomi Moriguchi of the JSWA said, “Construction across the Middle East is growing – especially in Abu Dhabi – and in terms of wastewater construction we want to exchange technologies and provide technical information that could be of use to the city of Abu Dhabi.” With plans to return to the Middle East for more water events in the future, the association has played a pivotal role in increasing the presence of Japanese wastewater companies across the region. “In terms of wastewater systems, we face similar problems in Japan as those often experienced across the Middle East. For

example, in Tokyo and Fukuoka City we have ageing systems of sewer pipes, and as we have been developing solutions to this issue, we want to be able to exchange ideas and support each other in this area,” Moriguchi added. JSWA is exhibiting at the event for the first time following an invitation from event organisers Reed Exhibitions to participate in the IWS Conference. The association opted to also join the exhibition and has been using its stand to showcase a range of products and initiatives from Japan, including Daicen Membrane Systems’ Pearlcomb Membrane Diffuser, Hitachi’s chains for water treatment systems, and information on the sewage system implemented in the city of Fukuoka. Moriguchi said that the first day of the show had proven to be busy for JSWA, with visitors and delegates visiting its stand to find out more about the range of solutions it had on display, as well as to find out information about the workshop it has organised with

The JSWA team on the first day of IWS 2014

the Abu Dhabi Sewerage Service Company, which will take place in the early evening of the second day of IWS.

ProAcqua introduces innovative water fountains to the Middle East Stand no: 3332 - Italian Pavilion ITALIAN EXHIBITOR PROACQUA Group has been in the Middle East for the first time this week as it attempts to generate interest in its ProAcqua City public water fountain. General Manager Cristiano Ferrari said, “ProAcqua promotes the use of public water and people who use our fountains can refill

a bottle provided directly from the units, saving a lot of plastic. “Smart cities are keen to use these fountains as they reduce the use of plastic and provide high-quality water from the grid to the citizens. We use micro-filtration and UV disinfection technology and can provide the water for free or for a payment, which can be paid for with a smartcard that can be recharged online.”

ProAcqua Group General Manager Cristiano Ferrari

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The company has installed more than 200 of the fountains throughout Italy, and has also installed machines in Singapore, the Czech Republic and Australia. The machines can be monitored remotely via the Internet, and an app is also available that will find the closest fountain to the user. “The machines are inexpensive to use,” Ferrari stated. “When we sell the water it can be up to 90 per cent less expensive than the price of bottled water from a supermarket, and if you purchase one of the machines you could have a return on investment within two years. “Abu Dhabi would be a great town for us to implement the machines and we would be able to install more than 100 units across the city,” he added. IWS marks the first time the company has participated in an exhibition in the Middle East and with requests already generated from interested parties in Dubai and Oman, it will surely be only a matter of time before ProAcqua’s innovative water fountains begin to appear in the region’s cities.

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IWS CONFERENCE IMAGES OF THE DAY

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1. Delegates give a rousing reception to the speakers at the opening of WFES and IWS 2. The crowds swell during the first day of WFES, IWS and EcoWASTE at ADNEC

IWS DAY 2 - PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE 21st January INTERNATIONAL WATER SUMMIT CONFERENCE Water Sustainability in Arid Regions 09:30 – 09:35

Introduction by the IWS Event Chairman

09:35 – 09:40

Official IWS 2014 Opening Ceremony

09:40 – 09:50

Welcome Address

09:50 – 10:00

Achieving Integrated Water Resource Management through Effective Water Governance

10:00 – 10:50

Water Resource Management Strategy Launch

10:50 – 11:10

IWS Official Address: Interoceanic Grand Canal of Nicaragua

Strategic Water Leadership - Facing the Challenges in the UAE 11:10 – 11:20

Survival Options

11:20 – 11:30

Sustainability the Driver of Innovation

11:30 – 12:00

Renewable Energy Desalination – Bridging the Gap Between Research and Industry

12:00 – 12: 25

Networking Coffee Break

12:25 – 12:40

Working towards Ensuring a Sustainable Water Future for Arid Regions

12:40 – 13:30

Water Security and Future Water Sustainability

13:30 – 14:30

Networking Lunch Break

STREAM ONE Sharing Best Practice through Global Collaboration 14:30 - 15:10

Water Strategy for Arid Regions

Case Study: Japan - Advancing Water Re-Use 15:10 - 15:20

Advancing Water Reuse in Japan

15:20 - 16:10

Understanding the Challenge of Improving Water Re-Use and Performance Case Study Singapore - New Water

16:10 - 16:30

NEWater: A Singapore Success Story and the Pillar of Singapore’s Water Sustainability

16:30 - 17:00

Analysis of the Successful Strategies Implemented in Singapore for Water Re-Use

16:55 – 17:00

Closing Comments from IWS Chairman

STREAM TWO Regional Expertise in Water Sustainability 14:30 – 14:45

Case study: UAE, Masdar Low Energy Desalination - Optimising Water Production Efficiency through Implementation of Low Energy Desalination

14:45 – 15:25

Creating an Energy Efficient and Sustainable Water Future

15:25 – 16:00

Overcoming Trans Boundary Aquifer Issues to Avoid Water Conflict and to Improve Water Security

16:00 – 16:55

Understanding how Management of Consumption Impacts on Demand Side Management and Allocation *Programme is subject to change.

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FEATURE

Spending on water projects across the Middle East continues to rise GROWING POPULATION and an increasing number of infrastructure projects across the Middle East has heaped pressure on the region’s water supply. Ensuring that supply meets demand has remained a priority of governments across the region, leading to a rise in the number of desalination and wastewater projects under construction throughout the Middle East. A UN Development Programme (UNDP) report launched in Bahrain recently stated that water challenges in the Arab region needed to be addressed so that Millennium Development Goals could be achieved, and prosperity and sustainable human development attained. The report, entitled Water Governance in the Arab Region: Managing Scarcity and Securing the Future, stressed that water scarcity in the region was reaching alarming levels, leading to dire consequences for human development. While accounting for five per cent of the world’s population and 10 per cent of its area, the region accounts for less than one per cent of global water resources. UNDP administrator Helen Clark said, “While emerging challenges to water quality and quantity, such as climate change, are being experienced in many countries, those in the Arab States region are of particular concern as water scarcity is already acute here. Increased demand for water from expanding populations and economic growth is likely to deepen what is often described as a regional ‘water crisis’.” In attempting to reverse this crisis, the desalination market in the Middle East has grown into the world’s largest, comprising more than half of the world’s capacity. On it’s own, the GCC’s water and wastewater treatment equipment market has grown tremendously in recent years, with a Frost & Sullivan report predicting the sector will be worth approximately US$2 billion by 2016. The region’s water and wastewater treatment chemicals market has also made considerable strides, with Frost & Sullivan’s

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recent analysis, GCC Industrial Water and Wastewater Treatment Chemicals Market, demonstrating that this sector alone earned revenues of US$396 million in 2012 and estimating that this figure would rise to more than US$568 million in 2017. The research said that the focus among GCC countries to diversify into downstream industries such as refining, chemicals and petrochemicals had led to an increase in water usage, as well as wastewater generation, had provided a significant thrust to water and wastewater treatment chemicals market.

The desalination market in the Middle East comprises more than half of the world's capacity Vishnu Sankaran, Associate Director and Head of Chemicals Practice - Middle East and North Africa at Frost & Sullivan, said, “Tighter government regulations will encourage firms to opt for more effective water and wastewater disposal and reuse methods, and thereby increase the demand for treatment chemicals.” Across the region, a number of projects have been scheduled to come online within the next few years that could help the region avert the ‘water crisis’ the UNDP has warned of. These projects include the US$7.7 billion Al Zour North IWPP in Kuwait, which will see four power and water desalination plants come online by 2015. In Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, upcoming power and water projects such as Jazan Economic City Power Plant and Yanbu Phase 3 will add more than 500,000 cubic metres of potable water to the country’s water distribution network once commissioned.

Outside of the GCC, Iranian officials have been discussing the large-scale participation of the private sector in implementing wastewater development projects. Hamid Reza Janbaz, Deputy Minister of Iran’s National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company, said, “Before 2001, only US$54.7 million was allocated to the water and wastewater sectors, while during 2009-12 the figure reached US$943.4 million. “More than US$266.6 million of facilities for rural wastewater plans have been secured and the Islamic Development Bank ratified about US$237.9 million for Tehran’s wastewater sector," he added. In the Levant region, the Jordanian government recently revealed that the country’s water sector would require at least US$750 million over the next three years in order to help it meet the rising demand for water. The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has devised a ‘support plan’ that proposes new water infrastructure projects to be implemented as the country’s population continues to grow due to Syrian refugees entering the country to avoid the conflict in their homeland. The ministry estimated that the direct and indirect cost of Syrian refugees on the water sector stood at US$358 million per year. Ongoing projects within the country include the expansion of Kufranjah Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ajloun Governorate, which has been accompanied by a project to extend new sewage networks in the governorate. The US$14.1 million project is expected to be completed later this year, and will aim to increase the plant’s daily capacity from 9,000 cubic metres to 18,000 cubic metres of wastewater. As UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States, Sima Bahous, asserted, “The water crises must be dealt with as a matter of priority and urgency. It deserves increased political attention and commitment even amid the challenging political environment of the region today.” 

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VENUE MAP

EVENT FLOORPLAN 4510

4521

4530 MASDAR UTILITIES

ACWUA SWCC

SEMINAR THEATRE

FRANCE

POSTER GALLERY

3434

3420

3433

SIP ICE 3432

3410

SW3

IDA

MASSENZA

TARSHEED

VOMM

FAGGIOLATI

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SURGE FOR WATER

COCA COLA

SW8 CLEAN ENERGY BUSINESS COUNCIL

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3320 HEPWORTH

ADFCA

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PROACQUA

INTERECO

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LOUNGE

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SW5 FOUNDATION FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT

THE ZAYED CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

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NAJH ECO

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FJ HOLDINGS

CPI

AWW MAGAZINE

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4400

DATALINK INSTRUMENTS

4400

4400 MICROHUMUS

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COMPOST & SOIL ENGINEERING

ECOSPEC

TMV MIDDLE EAST

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3521

3004 4511 SOCIAL WALK

STORAGE

KALF

4300

4310

4300

AGUASMART

4300 UBIFRANCE ADEME

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES

JAPAN

4444 ENERGY MANAGEMENT

GERMAN WATER PARTNERSHIP

MEETING ROOM

MEETING ROOM

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- ATB Umwelechnologien GmbH - Bilfinger Water Technologies GmbH - Faritec GmbH & Co. KG Water Recycling Systems - HOCHTIEF Soluons AG - Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG - Seba Dynatronic Mess- und Ortungstechnik GmbH - TÜV Süd AG - Videc Datenengineering GmbH - Hermann Sewerin GmbH - KEG Kanalreinigungstechnik GmbH - Rainer Kiel Kanalsanierung GmbH - German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology -p2m berlin GmbH

4420 JSWA

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4440

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KEG

EMIRATES TECH

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SOUGHA / ZHO/SLICES

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JCCME

EAD

3210 SWCC KSA

RSB

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CRI AES PUMPS ARABIA

3003 WAM MIDDLE EAST

AL WASAIL

WFES 2014 EcoWASTE 2014

ADSSC

SOLERGY

ATRIUM 3117

DELTA-T

3100

BMWI INFORMATION

ENTRANCE FROM 3116

3102 AQUARION

Conference Hall B

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ATMOSPHERIC WATER SOLUTIONS

3001

ADCC INFOCAD

4443

HERMANN SEWERIN

3121

3002 CELAR WATER

4445

RAINER KIEL

SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT

4210

SW1

ABREEJ

3007

3005

THETYS INSTRUMENTS

3220

AQUALIA

SW4

ECOPLAGE

UBIFRANCE ADEME

ENNESYS

SOUGHA

Q2

4400

4400

FEWA

FRANCE

SUSTAINABLE WATER SOLUTIONS VILLAGE

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4400

AXEAU

3430

IWS 2015

SW10

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4520

GCC UTILITIES PLATFORM

3101

WT BURDEN

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BESIX

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3130

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4120

UK

KIZAD

NETHERLANDS

- Brish Water - Anua - Sensor - Syrinix - Bluewater Bio - Flownex - ERG Air Polluon Control Ltd - Byrne Looby Partners - Serene Alliance (CIC) - XP Soluons

ADWEA

- Tebodin - ECN - Deltares - Shell

3101

4140

MOEW

STELLAR

3020

ITRON

HALL 3

3025

NINGBO HAUTEK

3030

BEST WATER TECHNOLOGY

3035

4000

WATERLEAU

REINERT-RITZ

4005

GISCO

4010

CH2M HILL

HALL 4

Legend:

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H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak Secretary General, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

What technological innovation within the water reuse and management industry have you been most excited about recently? A: Desalinated water will always play an important role in ensuring access to water in Abu Dhabi, but desalination is an energyintensive process that produces greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming, and brine discharges to the Gulf, contributing to the deterioration of marine water quality and aquatic life. Therefore, any technological innovation that minimises the environmental impact of desalination at an efficient cost is great news. In 2013, Masdar, along with Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) as one of its partners, initiated a pilot project to test different desalination technologies powered by renewable energy. We expect to finish testing in 2015 and by 2020 deliver a commercial-scale water desalination plant. How can water security be effectively managed in order to safeguard water access for future generations? A: Ensuring the security of supply requires the cooperation of all entities responsible for policy setting, regulation and enforcement and operations affecting the three types of water. To facilitate this cooperation, the Government of Abu Dhabi established the Permanent Committee for Setting and Implementing Water and Agricultural Strategies in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 2009. This committee includes policy makers, enforcers and operators, and has played an important role in overseeing key joint initiatives, including the development of a High Level Strategy and Action Plan for the Efficient Management and Conservation of Water Resources (2014-2018) that will be launched during IWS. To manage future water security, we need good data so that we understand the

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state of our water sources and where the water is being used. We also need good governance, as Abu Dhabi has through the Permanent Committee, to be able to respond and instigate the appropriate actions in a timely manner.

How can Abu Dhabi retain its leadership role within the global water management sector in the decades to come? A: I think that in response to the prevailing climatic conditions and the status of water in Abu Dhabi we have taken a leading role in two aspects of water management: water desalination and the creation of an artificial recharge and recovery project. Currently, around 30 per cent of our total water supply is desalinated water and this is likely to grow in the future. We will continue to lead and innovate in this area as we try to reduce the environmental impact and the cost of this technology. Since we do not have lakes and rivers, we have led the way in recharging our natural freshwater aquifers to provide a strategic reserve.

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What can you tell us about EAD's current role in securing the future of Abu Dhabi's water supply and its recent initiatives? A: The role of EAD is, in partnership with other entities, to raise awareness around the benefits of water conservation and encourage the public to adopt more water efficient behaviours and technologies. Specifically, EAD works closely with hundreds of government and private schools to promote sustainability and water conservation. We have also run a Watersavers campaign where we fitted water saving devices in homes, schools, mosques, and government and commercial buildings across the capital. This was the largest water-saving campaign implemented in the Middle East. We have also run a Turn It Off campaign to spread awareness among the community on smart energy and water usage. In 2013, the distribution companies Al Ain Distribution Company and Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, in collaboration with the Regulation and Supervision Bureau’s Powerwise and Waterwise programmes and EAD continued this effort by encouraging consumers to make smart choices when consuming power and water. How important is the IWS as a platform for both the global and regional water management industry? A: In 2013, the World Economic Forum recognised water scarcity as the second most important risk facing the world in the years ahead. The demand for water is expected to increase and analysis suggests that the world will face a 40 per cent global shortfall between forecast demand and available supply by 2030. IWS provides a great opportunity for leaders in governments and the water sector to come together, recognise the issues and most importantly to join forces to find the solutions.

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NEWS Masdar to assess energy efficiency at UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Doha embassy MASDAR RECENTLY SIGNED an agreement with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs to audit the energy, waste and water efficiency at the government department’s headquarters. An additional deal will see Masdar provide an assessment on the sustainability elements of the new UAE embassy in Doha, Qatar. Both contracts were signed by Masdar Chief Operating Officer Mohamed Al Ramahi and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed. Al Hamed said, “We will capitalise on the company’s extensive knowledge and experience in sustainable building design and construction. The headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must set the example for other government buildings, as well as UAE missions around the world.”

Masdar chief operating officer Mohamed Al Ramahi with HE Sheikh Al Hamed from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs after signing the deals. The audit at the property will highlight the potential cost savings of conserving energy resources. Following the audit, awareness and educational initiatives will take place throughout the ministry building. Masdar has conducted similar audits for nearly 100 buildings in the UAE and abroad.

Itron joins board of US cleantech cluster Stand no: 3020 GLOBAL UTILITY INDUSTRY player and IWS exhibitor Itron recently joined the board of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) – an initiative working to accelerate the cleantech economy in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, USA. The group was formed by leaders from local businesses, government, academic institutions and non-profit organisations. RTCC Managing Director and Executive Vice President of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, Lee Anne Nance, said, "Itron is a pioneer in technologies and partnerships that are changing the face of energy and water resource management globally. The company’s expertise and connections to cleantech innovators around the world will be a tremendous asset as we work to build our cluster, our global brand and a more sustainable future."

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In more arid climes, Itron, who has offices in Saudi Arabia and Dubai, was recently recognised by Powercor and CitiPower in Australia for its contribution to their Smart Meter Program. Itron was selected to provide Powercor and CitiPower with meter data management (MDM) and data analysis software for the project, which began in 2008 when the Australian state of Victoria introduced an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in order to meet government-mandated metering regulations. Today, Itron's MDM and transaction management system (TMS) support more than one million smart meters at Powercor and CitiPower. Itron’s position as a global leader in the utilities sector has seen it combine high-end metering, advanced communications, and innovative software tools and consulting expertise, to help utilities, businesses and consumers meet the challenges of managing energy and water resources.

Water wastage fines to face increase in Dubai

Water consumption per capita in the UAE currently stands at 550 litres per day DUBAI MUNICIPALITY HAS announced plans to increase fines in 2014 for water wastage in households throughout Dubai. Abdul Majeed Saifaie, Director of Dubai Municipality's Waste Management Department, said regulatory authorities were working on new rules and regulations for the wastewater management sector, which will be expected to come into effect in the Q1 2014. Dubai Municipality sources revealed that the UAE's water consumption per capita stands at 550 litres per day – significantly higher than the global average of 170-300 litres per day. The number of water-related offences in the UAE, however, declined by 30 per cent in 2013 to 378. Saifaie said that UAE authorities wanted to further reduce that number to zero. "There have been instances where municipal inspectors had to either directly notify owners of private villas or issue them a written warning, because there was a great deal of water spilled out on the streets when having their cars washed, or when their gardens were watered. We are trying to re-address the situation now," he said. As per current regulations, residents can be fined for water leakage through air conditioning systems and for flushing vehicle-washing water in places not specified by the concerned authorities. Residents can also be fined for dropping any solid or liquid waste from vehicles on the road. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has advised residents to save water by washing their cars with a bucket of soapy water and to use a nozzle to stop the flow of water from the hose.

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NEWS World’s largest desalination plant to be built in Ras Al Khaimah THE WORLD’S LARGEST solar-powered seawater desalination plant will be built in the UAE’s Ras Al Khaimah. The tender for the new solar-powered desalination plant was announced in December 2013. The facility will be expected to generate an output of more than 22 million gallons of potable water per day and 20 MW of solar power, utility and solutions provider Utico said at a recent water and power projects summit in the UAE emirate. Richard Menezes, Executive ViceChairman of Utico, said that the project would set a new benchmark for the desalination business model and claimed it would be the world’s greenest desalination plant with the least CO2 emissions. “The new project will implement the most advanced reverse osmosis and

The plant will be located in the UAE emirate of Ras Al Khaimah filtration technologies and, when operational, will push unit production rates down drastically. The reverse osmosis process forces seawater through a polymer membrane using pressure to filter out salt,”

Menezes explained. “The GCC has an abundance of sunshine throughout the year and our aim will be to harness this free energy and channel it to UAE residents at an extremely low cost.” In 2012, the company announced that a US$408 million coal power plant would be set up in Ras Al Khaimah. The venture has seen Utico Middle East collaborate with Shanghai Electric to generate 270 MW of coal power once it has been completed in 2015. “The new solar-powered desalination plant will complement the clean coal power plant project we announced [in 2012]. The two plants will together generate power and water while reducing CO2 emissions by more than one million tonnes CO2 per year,” Menezes added.

Aquarion to present ‘cutting-edge solutions’ Using tiny materials Stand no: 3102 to solve big problems AQUARION WILL PRESENT an overview of “Water Reuse and Recycling Technologies and Applications in the Industrial Sector” as part of the Innovation Theatre at IWS 2014. Scheduled to take place today at 4pm in the Sustainable Water Solutions Village, the presentation by Aquarion CEO Karl Michael Millauer will highlight cutting-edge solutions and technologies that enable the use of sewage water as process or feed water for industrial processes. These solutions also enable the recycling of industrial wastewater into process water or allow reuse of industrial wastewater for other purposes such as irrigation. Millauer will discuss applications in the oil and Michael Millauer, CEO of Aquarion, will give gas industry, including the reinjection of produced water for the upstream sector and a presentation at the Innovation Theatre recycling of wastewater into process water for this afternoon the downstream sector. Millauer's presentation will also showcase innovative technologies that can be used for these purposes in the chemical, biological, membrane and thermal area. These technologies range from special green flocculants to very efficient biofilters and also include forward osmosis, EDR and membrane distillation for maximising water reuse by brine concentration, as well as aZero Liquid Discharge solution. Based in Switzerland, Aquarion provides EPC solutions for a range of water treatments for various industries.

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Stand no: 3434 - Italian Pavilion WNP, A SUBSIDIARY of Italian company Società Italiana Polveri, is among the many names introducing new products at IWS. The company's Water Cube product, which will be showcased at IWS for the first time, has been generating plenty of interest thanks to WNP's innovative application of nanotech materials. WNP has been working with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia to design and test solutions that help obtain sustainable growth and eco-compatibility practices. The firm said it was committed to developing technologies and products that provide the world with a "greener outlook" and has been utilising nanotechnology as a solution for problems faced in water treatment, industrial processes and water reclamation. Parent company Società Italiana Polveri has been producing chemical products for water treatments since 1996 and, from its base close to Milan, has been supplying products for industrial and civil water treatment solutions to a range of leading Italian companies, including Maserati, Ferrari and Snam.

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