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IDA Action4Good:

Innovation and Social Responsibility Executive Insight: Serving the Exacting Needs of Industrial Customers, by Olaf Krohg, CEO, Seven Seas Water Page 14

Analyst Corner: Water – The Ideal Impact Investment, by Matthew J. Diserio, Co-Founder and President, WaterAsset Management, LLC Page 18

Program for IDA Leaders Summit Announced Page 36


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WORLD CONGRESS UPDATE: Second Announcement Now Available World Congress Exhibition Selling Out Program for IDA Leaders Summit Announced Plan Ahead for IDA-Affiliate Majlis Forums Training Courses at the IDA World Congress IDA Thanks World Congress Sponsors

44 | IDA NEWS 46 | Nominations for Board of Directors Now Being Accepted 48 | Nomination Period Opens for IDA 2019 Industry and Sustainability Awards 50 | Membership in IDA – Renew Now 54 | Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Enzo Rene García-Bartolomei 56 | IDA Announces 2019-20 Fellowship Host and Opens Application Period: University of Arizona WEST Center 58 | AFFILIATE SPOTLIGHT 59 | North America Market for Membranes, by Harold Fravel, Executive Director, AMTA 64 | THE 12TH INTERNATIONAL DESALINATION WORKSHOP IN KOREA (IDW2019) 65 | REPORT ON 2019 AMTA AWWA MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION 68 | YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT 70 | NEW CORPORATE MEMBERS 71 | EVENTS CALENDAR

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MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY GENERAL The Summer issue of IDA Global Connections shines the spotlight on two of IDA’s flagship events: the upcoming 2019 IDA World Congress, which takes place in Dubai on October 20-24, and our recently held Action4Good International Conference. Both events demonstrate IDA’s longstanding commitment to providing a world-class platform for sharing ideas, increasing knowledge and bringing together members of the global advanced water treatment industry to lead efforts to create sustainable water resources now and in the future. The 2019 IDA World Congress promises to be a place of new insight and connection, truly creating new crossroads toward a sustainable future. It is shaping up to set new standards not only in the quality of the Technical Program and Exhibition, but also by engaging stakeholders from all sectors of the industry in dialogue through panels, discussion forums and new features such as the IDA Leaders Summit and IDA AffiliateMajlis Forums. The Leaders Summit explores big-picture issues with such topics as "Trends in the EPC Market: Is Competing on Cost vs. Quality Sustainable?", "Public Utilities 2.0, More with Less", "Bankability of Mega 4

Water Projects: How to Increase the Appetite of Lenders and Financial Development Institutions?" and "The Industrial Water – Energy Nexus: Are We on the Right Path?". On Monday, October 21, all conference delegates are invited to a special Leaders with Community session where they can engage with Leader Summit attendees. Several IDA affiliate associations are scheduled to participate in the IDA-Affiliate Majlis Forums. These forums, also open to all delegates, provide an important opportunity to examine regional developments in the water sector and bring attention to gamechanging projects or technologies. We hope that World Congress delegates will take advantage of these Forums to gain new insights. We are pleased to confirm that DEWA, our 2019 World Congress host, has graciously offered delegates the opportunity to participate in exclusive tours of its Jebel Ali Power Station (JAPS)’s M-Station prior to the start of the World Congress. This world-renowned facility plays a key role in DEWA’s ability to provide Dubai with a reliable, efficient and highquality electricity and water supply.

These are just some of the special features of the 2019 World Congress. We invite you to read more in this issue and refer to the Second Announcement for a comprehensive listing of Technical Program presentations and papers as well as more details about the event. It takes a village to stage an event of the World Congress’s scope. To that end, please join us in thanking IDA’s President Miguel Angel Sanz, who is the Chairperson of the World Congress; the volunteer committee members, especially the Technical Committee Chairmen; the Awards Committee; the DEWA team for their ongoing support; and our sponsors: Dubai Tourism, Metito, Almar Water Solutions, Dupont, ROPV, Kurita, ILF, Aqualia, Toray, BESIX, Veolia, ACWA Power, Amane Advisors, and Engie. Our cover story for this issue is the recently held IDA Action4Good International Conference. This was IDA’s seventh such event focused on corporate social responsibility and solutions needed to address pressing water, energy and environmental issues. These conferences present a forum to mobilize the industry in addressing critical needs while helping to advance solutions to tackle them. Please join IDA in thanking conference Chairmen Dr. Corrado Sommariva and Mr. Edoardo Garibotti, the Comune di Genova and the Governor of the Liguria Region, our partner Rotary Club, all our sponsors, supporters and members of the Technical Program Committee whose support makes these conferences possible. One of the most popular aspects of IDA Global Connections are the numerous

articles highlighting insights from experts in our industry. In this issue, the Executive Insight features Serving the Exacting Needs of Industrial Customers, by Olaf Krohg, Seven Seas Water; analyst perspectives Water – The Ideal Impact Investment, by Matthew J. Diserio, Co-Founder and President, Water Asset Management, LLC; an R&D Spotlight: Bigger Questions – Better Answers: Approaching Water Issues with a Discovery Perspective, by Bob Stea, Associate Director, University of Arizona WEST Center – the host agency for IDA’s 2019/2020 Fellowship Program; and a focus on the newly formed Women of Our Industry Linkedin Network Group by Ana Isabel López and Elena de la Vieja Molina. AMTA’s Executive Director Harold Fravel takes a closer look at the North American membrane market in our Affiliates section. These articles are a reminder about the vibrant community that IDA represents, and we thank the authors for their contributions. This issue is also filled with IDA news from announcement of our host agency for the 2019/2020 IDA Fellowship Program and awarding of our Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship, to a reminder that nominations are now being accepted for the Board of Director elections. We hope that you enjoy this issue and we look forward to seeing you at the World Congress in Dubai! Shannon K. McCarthy Secretary General 5

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT We are in the middle of a year where the Desalination and Water Reuse market are promising cubic meter records. At the end of the year, the volume of Desalination could overpass the last 2007 record where seven million cubic meters per day were contracted. Water Reuse is also growing at good speed in a world with many indicators of climate change.

Water Desalination Alliance where IDA is a founding and active member since COP 21 in Paris, November 2015. More H2O minus CO2 is the main slogan of the Alliance.

In this way, desalination and water reuse are processes coupled with renewables contribute to sustainability and circular economics, preserving natural water resources and increasing the global water Our industry is having a golden period availability in regions that have water with an important number of projects stress at need affordable and low cost ongoing and coming soon and we expect solutions. several years of sustainable market growth to reach the 200.000.000 m3/day from This market growth is an important desalination plants built in twelve years. milestone to celebrate with all of our The market development is followed by members, affiliates, and stakeholders in our an increase in renewable energy use in Summer issue of IDA Connections. After 7th desalination making the treatment more IDA Action4Good International Conference sustainable. That’s one of the main goals this May in Italy, well covered in this issue, of the IDA Sustainable Water Resources IDA is preparing for its major biennial event, Foundation and also of the Global Clean the IDA World Congress.


The 2019 World Congress is coming back to Dubai (United Arab Emirates), from 20th to 24th October, in the heart of the booming Desalination Market, the MENA region, where it is concentrated with a 50% of Desalination market and promising water reuse expectations or may initiatives. The theme of this new WC is “Crossroads to Sustainability� and the second announcement, which was just recently launched, outlines the many activities taking place.

the state of the art of our industry and the latest innovations and operational feedback. The new program additions of the Affiliate Forums and Leaders Summit will be the perfect place to discuss our responses as an industry to the growing demand for water across the globe.

It is my great pleasure to invite all of you to attend the 2019 IDA World Congress in Dubai, designed in partnership with DEWA, where you can learn about the innovations The technical program chairmen and of our industry and network with key committee, as well as the session chairmen, decision makers, experts, and leaders of the are evaluating and working with the authors Desalination and Water industry. of over 300 received abstracts. The selected papers will become oral presentations and We are looking forward to seeing all of you posters to fulfill the 24 parallel technical in Dubai this October. sessions foreseen in this Congress from Monday 21st to Thursday 24th of October. The WC Technical Program will cover all aspects Miguel Angel Sanz of desalination and water reuse, showing President





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IDA Action4Good International Conference, “Creating Resilient Solutions To Water Needs,” Highlights Growing Need for Corporate Social Responsibility On May 12-14, IDA presented its seventh Action4Good International Conference, in beautiful Santa Margherita, Italy. With its theme, “Creating Resilient Solutions to Water Needs,” the conference highlighted the growing need for corporate social responsibility while

“The conference offered a high technical level of the technical sessions of desalination and water reuse. A very interactive conference with great participation by all attendees in a friendly networking environment.” Miguel Angel Sanz, IDA President


also addressing critical water, energy and environmental issues. The program also examined the role of advanced water treatment solutions in meeting growing clean water needs. The conference was held under the patronage of the Comune di Genova and the Governor of the Liguria Region and was developed in cooperation with the Rotary Club of La Spezia and Lunigiana as well as the IDA Sustainable Water Resources Foundation (SWRF). With the support of IDA’s Affiliate, the European Desalination Society and partnership agreements with such organizations as the UN FAO, Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance, GreeningTheIslands.net, and the Global Solar Council, the conference technical program focused on energy and environmental issues related to desalination and water reuse projects. Topics included the Water-Energy-Food nexus, non-conventional means of supplying water, and the growing role of renewable energy in

“This conference was the latest in a long and successful history of IDA Action4Good events focused on social responsibility. IDA supports an H2O-CO2 target and advocates the critical role that energy efficiency, renewable energy and minimization of environmental impact in desalination and water reuse systems play in achieving this goal.”

“Innovation was the ‘leitmotif’ of the conference. The conference passed in a very lively atmosphere with some very valuable discussions over a very interesting technical program.” Corrado Sommariva, CEO and Founder of SWPC

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“Taking part in the technical sessions and talking to other participants, I found great general interest on both the technical and humanitarian aspects of the conference, with a particular sensitivity to the humanitarian projects funded with the money raised thanks to previous editions of the conference.� Edoardo Garobotti, Managing Director at TM.p SpA - Termomeccanica Pompe

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SERVING THE EXACTING NEEDS OF INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMERS By Olaf Krohg, Seven Seas Water Water typically represents less than five percent of a mine’s operating costs, but an unreliable supply of water can cripple operations and increase the cost of production, as well as the cost of capital.

mines, power plants and refineries. For a mine, reduced water availability leads to lost revenues and increased cost per unit of mine output. Poor water quality can lower mining efficiency. Interruption and instability of water plant operations result in Our team’s experience over the past four decades volatile water costs. These are headaches that can holds valuable lessons about producing high quality be avoided. process water for industrial offtakers, including

Building for the Long Run vs. Short-Term Profits The traditional vendor-client relationship in greenfield desalination development is between an EPC contractor, a smattering of advisors and a thirdparty O&M vendor. We have experienced the oftendebilitating impact of shortcuts and cost-reducing measures taken by the EPC contractor to maximize its profits. This leaves the O&M contractor with the challenges of running a badly designed or built plant. When experiencing particularly challenging civil works conditions, an EPC contractor we know chose not to blast solid rock to build the gravity-fed intake as designed. The O&M operator was left with a

hydraulically imbalanced and rapidly fouling intake. During the EPC warranty period, finger-pointing between EPC and O&M parties was inevitable. Postwarranty, the O&M contractor arguably benefitted from invoicing for repairs. Finger-pointing and disputes between EPC and O&M contractors often continue well into the plant’s operating life. When both EPC and O&M contracts are supplied by different arms of the same parent company, the frustrated customer is often left on the sideline. This is, in my opinion, a broken business model based on maximizing short-term profits over the long-term needs of the customer.

Operating and Maintaining Desalination Plants We were introduced to a situation where a mining company had a SWRO/BWRO plant designed and built by a local contractor. Most of the components for a RO plant are now available “off-the-shelf” in the international market. Cheaper alternatives for pre-treatment design, component redundancy and metallurgy are often utilized – particularly by inexperienced contractors.

pointing between the EPC and O&M contractors. The mine management decided to hire its own team of RO plant operators to remove the misalignment of interests (“how hard can it be to operate a desal plant?”), only to learn that hard-earned expertise is, in fact, helpful.

After more frustration, the mine fired the local O&M contractor and hired a “reputable,” international, “How hard can it be to build a RO plant?” seems to third-party O&M contractor to rectify the frustratingly have been a motivating factor for this low bid. The low water availability and high operating costs. plant was initially operated by a local, third-party O&M contractor. The mining company experienced We met an operations team using Google searches low water availability and the agony of finger- to troubleshoot while waiting for their supervisors to


arrive in the Latin American location from their European base. Rather than a preventive maintenance program, a “let’s replace what’s about to break as quickly and cheaply as we can” attitude prevailed. Throughout this ordeal, the extensive conveyance pipeline was corroding because the various parties neglected to operate the post-treatment system in an attempt to reduce operating costs. Maintenance requirements for the product distribution systems pump station had been completely ignored. Both pipeline and pump station had to be replaced at great expense while the plant continued to operate at 30% of capacity. While Seven Seas Water did not acquire this particular plant, we saw a tremendous opportunity to improve it and presumably thereby remove the mining company’s headache. “How hard can it be to operate a desal plant?” – the experience curve is long and steep.

Demanding Safety Requirements Producing and treating water at a mine operating site or a refinery necessitate a commitment to EHS requirements significantly beyond those of a traditional SWRO plant located on a remote beach. At our SWRO facility in Peru serving a phosphate mine, we employ 46 operators to run the plant 24/7. A similar, stand-alone SWRO facility serving a municipality would employ 10-15 operators. Our team has successfully adopted the strict safety procedures required by the mine, including clear division of labor (which limits cross-training), extensive medical and safety training, and a regimented recording protocol.


The “Race to the Bottom” While maximizing EPC profits sometimes lead to shortcuts in design and construction resulting in poorly performing water plants, on the other side, foregoing profits can be just as bad. When short-term strategies drive the price of water to uneconomical and unsustainable levels motivated by EPC contractors “buying” market share, all stakeholders increase their respective risks in the long run. Aggressive entrants into our industry now offer $0.50/m3 water costs for greenfield developments, and offtakers gladly accept these low-bid tendered proposals. EPC contractors beat up on their suppliers and compromise design to preserve their profit margin. Our industry is still hoping for significant cost savings from new technologies, but such technologies are not commercially proven and certainly not widely adopted. An unsustainable “race to the bottom” ensues. For now, this race seems limited to non-industrial mega water plants. The drive towards $0.40/m3 has already claimed a few casualties. Hyflux, a serial low-bid record breaker, has collapsed under a portfolio of nonperforming assets leaving both project lenders and corporate equity holders with losses they won’t soon forget. The ~$635 million Tuaspring IWPP, with its infamous $0.35/ m3 water tariff, will likely be transferred to the offtaker for $0 consideration.


In India, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) and Essel Infraprojects are both reportedly selling off water assets, some won through extremely competitive tenders, in the context of a liquidity crisis. Essel Infra/Abengoa’s low bid on a 100,000 m3/d SWRO plant in Jodiya is rumored to have swiped the project away from the original lead developer. It remains to be seen whether this consortium can sustainably operate or divest this asset with the current water tariff in place. The embattled Chairman of Essel Group, Subhash Chandra, admitted in an open letter that the group had “made some incorrect bids.” In the UAE, we recently saw a $0.49/m3 low bid for the Taweelah RO IWP, involving Chinese EPC contractors Sepco III and China Power—two companies presumably bidding aggressively for market share. Not exactly household desal names.

As EPC contractors continue to drive down prices without a corresponding improvement in technology, the unavoidable outcome will be poorly made plants that cannot fulfill contractual obligations to deliver water reliably. Banks hesitate to lend into a sector with increasing risks of default. Advisors continue to sell their services – before, during and after the financial troubles. Developers and offtakers should resist the temptation to participate in the “race to the bottom.” Price reductions should be led by proven technology improvements. Otherwise, it’s bad for business.

Our team recently won the coveted first prize at the “Carnival de la Seguridad” awarded in competition with teams from the 2,400 operators and employees at the mine site. At our plants located at the petroleum refineries in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and Curaçao, as well as at our plants located at power plant facilities in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and Sint Maarten, our plant operations are comingled with onsite, propanefueled power production and natural gas storage. Our operators have become accustomed to demanding safety requirements that include frequent emergency drills, wearing fire retardant clothing, strict access control, and extensive emergency procedures.

experienced team operating under business principles that align the offtaker’s interests with those of all stakeholders. Water supply should be a long-term commitment between all stakeholders.

According to the rating agency Moody’s, water scarcity or even the perceived risk of unreliable water supply can impact a mining company’s cost of capital. Supplying mines and petrochemical facilities with high quality process water is a demanding challenge requiring building, maintaining and operating the plant for the highest reliability and adhering to strict and industry-specific EHS requirements. These challenges are best served by the most


About the Author

Olaf N. Krohg is the CEO of Seven Seas Water Corporation, an AquaVenture Holdings (NYSE: WAAS) business. Mr. Krohg has 30 years of executive leadership, M&A, venture capital and private equity investment experience. Prior to joining Seven Seas Water, he spent 10 years as the CEO of two Boston area technology companies, including a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) spin-out sold to Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR). Mr. Krohg continued as President of that company under Danaher’s ownership. He was a Partner at Advent International, a leading global private equity firm working in London and Boston. At Advent, Mr. Krohg was the Global Coordinator

of the firm’s Chemicals and Materials Investment practice. Mr. Krohg was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Scandinavia and an investment banker at Kidder, Peabody & Co. in New York. He holds a BS from Boston University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Seven Seas Water is a multinational developer, owner and operator of water and wastewater production and treatment plants and businesses. The company’s solutions address the challenges of water resource management through Water-asa-Service™ offerings – an alternative partnership approach to tackling water and wastewater inefficiencies for municipal, industrial and commercial clients.



WATER – THE IDEAL IMPACT INVESTMENT: A WIN-WIN FOR INVESTORS, CUSTOMERS, AND THE ENVIRONMENT By Matthew J. Diserio, Water Asset Management, LLC Water investing is impact investing.

However, impact investors often get bogged down by struggling with conflicting definitions, Impact investment themed conferences and media perceptions and prioritizations between Impact have increasingly gone mainstream echoing the Investing, SRI (Sustainable Responsible Investing), theme that in our collective foolishness, and entirely and ESG (Environmental Social and Governance). off balance sheet, we have maimed our beautiful planet. Water investing cuts through that clutter and delivers the ideal combination of free enterprise, This growing recognition is an important first step market beating returns, and serving the common to implement practical environmental solutions. good with measurable positive impact.

Climate Change is Bad because it Intensifies Drought and Flood We often ask “responsible” investors or anyone else, for that matter, “Why do you think climate change is bad?” Try it yourself, and you’ll find the answers are rarely succinct and vary widely. Responses often ignore the self-evident fact that climate change is already negatively impacting the hydrological cycle. Climate change is bad because it is increasing the frequency and intensifies the severity of drought and flood. People worldwide are suffering right now from unprecedented drought and flood on farms, in cities and in coastal communities. These calamities can’t be denied, even by those who dispute climate change and argue the science is inconclusive.

Perhaps if more people realized that the primary harm of climate change is linked to the water cycle, we might make more progress on reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. Everyone knows water is life. But a primary focus on the topics of climate change, rising temperature and carbon emissions, without emphasizing what can and must be done to limit the impact on water supply and water quality, is like trying to get people to stop smoking, but not trying to cure cancer! Fortunately, every water supply and water quality problem has a solution. Solving water simply requires capital, competence and will.

The Climate/Water “Mis” Perception Matrix Most climate change investment capital so far has targeted renewable energy development to reduce future carbon emissions. This is, of course, important and necessary. However, increasing renewable energy is essentially a climate change mitigation strategy. More renewables will help to reduce carbon emissions and slow the pace of

global warming to less than 2 degrees, the 2030 target set at the Paris Climate Change Agreement, to make our world better in the future. On the other hand, water investing is the climate change adaptation strategy for today. Since 2005, Water Asset Management (WAM) has invested


globally, exclusively in water companies and assets, such as regulated water and wastewater utilities, desalination, companies that provide the ‘back-bone’ for water services, such water pumps, pipes, valves, irrigation equipment, water heaters, water meters, leak detection, water treatment, water quality data and analytics, and various other water related equipment and products. We also invest directly in water resources and aquifer storage assets.

Water prices increase modestly but steadily, and are likely to continue to do so to support water’s significant capital intensity. Rising prices is one of the most important characteristics of any good investment. In stark contrast, electricity generation capacity is, in many places, greater than demand. Economics 101 has taught us that prices usually decline for goods or services in glut. In addition, with technological innovation steadily increasing solar and wind efficiency, capital costs per megawatt of generation and subsequent wholesale prices charged per kilowatt hour are in long term secular decline. This has driven down internal rates of returns (IRRs) for renewables to in many cases less than mid single digits.

Investing in these water companies and assets solves drought and flood problems that are affecting millions of people right now. To ensure human life and the natural world, it is essential that not only investment capital targeting water solutions, but also public recognition of the climate change cause and effect on water supply and water quality, eventually match, or even better That secularly declining pricing dynamic for exceed, the public’s focus on renewable energy renewable energy, while negative for electricity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. investment returns, is on the other hand a structural positive for water. The IDA readership knows better This is likely because water industry fundamentals than most that water treatment, transmission are outstanding and support both increased and especially seawater and brackish water water investment and greater water awareness desalination are power intensive industries. So, in the climate discourse. First, investing in clean one of water’s primary “costs of goods sold” is in reliable water is essentially investing in scarcity. foreseeable secular decline. Add to that the steady Water has and will likely continue to outperform increases in efficiencies in hydrophilic membranes, electricity. One of the reasons is that water is systemic energy recovery, and brine retreatment, often a monopoly business, with no alternative. and water’s future particularly in desal looks bright.

H20SDGs Along with great fundamentals, what other single In this world of increasing uncertainty, the need investment strategy can solve 15 of the 17 U.N. for more clean and reliable water will remain Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Investing certain. in companies and assets that ensure a clean and reliable supply of water and sanitation does just that. Fair and transparent regulations, with volumetric pricing that covers all costs associated with water treatment transmission and sanitation incentivizes necessary capital investment, water conservation, and implementation of innovative new technologies that improve water efficiency. Ensuring reliable water quality and sanitation also reduces poverty and hunger, improves public health, increases attendance for education, fosters gender equality, promotes peace, social justice, and is a critical component of smart cities -- while offering investors the opportunity to generate market returns.


About the Author Matthew J. Diserio is Co-founder and President of Water Asset Management, LLC (WAM), which invests globally in companies and assets that ensure water quality and water supply. Prior to co-founding Water Asset Management in 2005, Mr. Diserio spent 25 years in fund management and securities analysis at Diserio Partners LP., Schafer Cullen, Water Street Capital, PaineWebber,


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BIGGER QUESTIONS – BETTER ANSWERS: APPROACHING WATER ISSUES WITH A DISCOVERY PERSPECTIVE By Bob Stea, Associate Director, University of Arizona WEST Center As I reflect on my experiences in the water sector, I realize that as individuals, we are all keenly aware of the challenges facing us and future generations. In recent years, there has been an even greater sense of urgency as we face unparalleled demand for supplies, variability in sources and impairment in quality. Fortunately, this has inspired new collaborations and creative thinking, and drawn terrific talent to the water sector.

In Arizona, we are in the midst of addressing a potential curtailment of water from the Colorado River, an important supply conducted via a system of canals known as the Central Arizona Project. In Tucson, our journey of discovery to identify how to meet local needs in the face of changeable supply as well as new concerns about quality, has led to the creation of a Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center in collaboration with the University of Arizona, Pima County, City of Tucson Here at the University of Arizona (UA), we have Water, the Town of Marana, and several large a guiding mantra: “Bigger Questions – Better corporations. Answers.” This idea elevates our thinking around the mission of research, discovery and innovation. Our founders (Jeff Prevatt, Shane Snyder and Discovery seems especially important as we search Ian Pepper) envisioned a center where utilities, for solutions, implying that we have both the researchers and industry partners can collaborate fortitude and humility to explore with an open mind, on big questions concerning water reuse, inland forging new partnerships and attempting new ways desalination, contaminants of emerging concern, to approach our challenges. and energy minimization. The WEST Industrial

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membership program has allowed us to explore technologies for applications such as direct potable reuse, RO optimization, ceramic membrane performance, and scale-up of Anammox reactors. Under our current Director, Prof. Kim Ogden, we are also doing what I consider to be the most important work – inspiring and training the next generation of water professionals. In other areas around the world, such as denselyurban cities in Africa and India, water challenges can be felt more acutely. I’ve been fortunate to serve in these areas with organizations that are also discovery-minded. One example is Safe Water Network, an organization that is establishing itself as a leader in innovative approaches of water supply to disadvantaged communities. Safe Water Network was co-founded in 2006 by the late

actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, along with prominent civic and business leaders. It is being led by a creative team of individuals who are exploring ways to bring market-based solutions to address big questions of safety and sustainability, and also draw from a broad network of experts in engineering, operations, finance, health and government policy. I believe this type of cross-disciplinary teamwork is the “wind in our sails” for the industry going forward. Finally, I’ve been very encouraged to see the interest and passion that our young professionals bring to the water sector. Here at UA, we are seeing a strong sense of connection to water issues, engaging bright minds who value collaboration and discovery. We aspire to provide the leadership, example and opportunities to enable their development – and hope to continue this journey of discovery ourselves.

About the Author Bob Stea is the Associate Director of WEST Center at the University of Arizona. He is an environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience in water and wastewater projects. His work experience in the US includes water resources management for the public sector, corporate water services, and over


10 years in Africa on water and sanitation programs. Bob’s education is a blend of engineering, public health and management. His current role builds on this background to identify opportunities for public sector and industry participation in the world-class research taking place at the University of Arizona.

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Women of Our Industry Linkedin Network Group Formed By Ana Isabel López and Elena de la Vieja Molina The Women of our Industry Linkedin Network has been created with a main objective: to help accelerate the increase of women’s participation within the water industry worldwide. Other than for egalitarian reasons, there is so much value to be obtained from increased female participation in business. There is plenty of research worldwide that measures the value brought by women in the workplace: businesses with more women in top leadership and board positions enjoy stronger financial performance1. And gender-diverse teams are correlated with higher financial returns2 and innovation3,4. Increasing water scarcity brings increasing challenges and opportunities to the water industry, which must unite all talent available. Genderdiverse teams bring representative viewpoints from both men and women, which ensure that the maximum skills, ideas and perspectives are brought into the market, maximizing innovation and sustainability.

There is, however, still much to be done, and in the upcoming years, it is a priority that women's potential does not remain untapped and women continue to become an important source for vital new talent to the industry. It was in one of these conferences, the second IDA International Water Reuse and Recycling conference held in cooperation with AEDYR in June 2018 in Valencia, where a dialogue commenced on how best to promote women’s participation within the industry. A group of women from all over the world was formed, and the dialogue has continued since then. There are plenty of actions that both corporations and individuals can carry out to support gender equality in the sector. The group has focused its discussion mostly on what we could do as individuals; ideas such as networking, training, mentoring or coaching have been discussed. The creation of a women’s network, which will bring opportunities for broader professional exposure while also raising the profile of female leaders5 in the industry, gained momentum as the first logical step.

The message is clear: incentives to support greater For this purpose, the Women of Our Industry gender equality are strong. LinkedIn group has been recently created as a place for women working in the water sector to share In an industry that historically, has been male knowledge, ideas and skills, as well as promoting dominated, such as the water industry, it is truly enhanced participation of women at all levels, from inspiring to find an increased presence of women at the private and public sectors, academia and research all levels in recent years. In turn, this has led to an organizations. We encourage all women in the water increase in the female presence in conferences and industry to join the group and actively participate technical sessions. in creating a strong network from which the whole water industry can benefit. 1. Noland, M., T. Moran and B. Kotschwar. 2016. “Is Gender Diversity Profitable? Evidence from a Global Survey.” Working Paper 6–3. Peterson Institute for International Economics. Credit Suisse Research Institute. 2014. The CS Gender 3000: Women in Senior Management. Zurich. Morgan Stanley. 2016. “Why it Pays to Invest in Gender Diversity.” New York. Kim, D., and L. Starks. 2016. “Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards: Do Women Contribute Unique Skills?” American Economic Review 106 (5): 267–271. 2. Hunt, V., D. Layton and S. Prince. 2015. Diversity Matters. Washington, DC: McKinsey & Co. https://web.duke.edu/equity/toolkit/documents/ DiversityMatters.pdf. 3. Gratton, Lynda. 2007. Innovative Potential: Men and Women in Teams. London: London Business School. http://www.lnds.net/blog/ images/2013/09/grattonreportinnovative_ potential_nov_2007.pdf. 4. UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment 2016. www.WomensEconomicEmpowerment.org. 5. McKinsey Women Matter. https://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/McKinsey/Business%20Functions/Organization/Our%20Insights/ Women%20matter/Women_matter_oct2008_english.ashx


About the Authors Ana López is the Global Projects Business Development Manager of Danfoss HPP. Danfoss is a privately held company that has grown into a world leader and provides equipment for the desalination sector. She has over 14 years’ experience in the water sector, especially in the desalination industry, working in leading positions in companies like Veolia and Valoriza Agua (Sacyr), managing projects from the development to the construction and operation phase. She has been leaving in Chile for six years working as Country Manager for Valoriza Chile. Ana and Elena are two of the many founders of the Women of our Industry Network, a place for women working in the water sector to share knowledge, ideas and skills, as well as promoting enhanced participation of women at all levels.



Elena de la Vieja has over 10 years’ experience in the water and desalination industry worldwide. She has held positions in leading companies Acciona Agua and Abengoa, where she has been involved in energy and water projects internationally, covering the full project lifecycle from development to construction and operation. Currently, Elena leads the commercialization area of Aqua Advise, a specialized boutique consulting company for the water market, with expertise in advising companies to develop projects, implement technologies and expand globally.

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... CALLS FOR LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO SUPPORT ITS ZERO-EMISSION AMBITION By Gianni Chianetta, Founder and Director, Greening the Islands The tiny German island of Helgoland, which has implemented many sustainable projects, is looking to take big role in pioneering new innovative solutions in water desalination, green energy and reuse and seaborne electric mobility to target a total decarbonization, but it needs legislative and regulatory obstacles to be removed.

is actively helping a number of islands around the world not only identify and implement green solutions but also help develop the right regulatory framework. “Even if we have already come far with our green initiatives, the workshop helped us to share a global vision and exchange best practices and solutions with the experts from the GTI Team,” said Jörg Singer, Helgoland’s mayor. “I am very glad that we are part of a strong and forward-moving community of Greening Islands.” Some of the island’s plans for further initiatives, however, are hampered by German regulation and could be better supported by more incisive (decisive?) action at the European level.

The island’s small size and remote location – 70km off the German coast in the North Sea – aren’t a barrier to its ambitions when it comes to adopting green solutions. On the contrary, the island, which already hosts two important research centers, is ready to act as a “laboratory” for innovative technologies that could then be adopted on a wider scale. Unfortunately, national legislation represents the main obstacle to its ambition to become a zeroemission island as it looks to burnish its reputation as a sustainable destination.

“On the legislative front, the Greening the Island Observatory is actively assisting Helgoland by highlighting virtuous examples internationally that could be used as references to improve German support for its ambitions in sustainability. Besides, many problems of Helgoland are similar to those faced by other EU islands, and the GTI Observatory is willing to bring them to the attention of the European Commission,” said Gianni Chianetta, scientific director of the Greening the islands Observatory.

At a two-day event organized in collaboration with the Municipality of Helgoland and the Greening the Islands Observatory, key local stakeholders came together to analyze the island’s situation and come up with sustainable solutions. The Observatory

All the different options under study at the event look to keep Helgoland at the forefront in terms of smart, integrated and green solutions. In renewable energy, the meeting examined the possibility of installing clean energy technologies that respect the local landscape


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and its populations of rare birds, for example, by using its fresh water supply (since 1962) and can offer such solutions as small vertical axis windmills. to host selected companies interested in testing cutting-edge technologies that can take advantage Other ideas being examined include making of its favorable environment. Besides, innovative Helgoland an innovation hub in desalination of reuse options for effluent from a new wastewater both brackish and seawater with the participation plant being built will be evaluated. of research institutions. Helgoland is currently the only German municipality to use desalination for Click here for full information about the meeting.


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Second Anouncement Now Available The Second Announcement has been published and is now available. From listings and details about presentations in the Technical Program to information about the Leaders Forum, Awards, IDA AffiliateMajlis Forums, Training Courses and more, the Second Announcement is a comprehensive guide to this world-class event. Visit https://wc.idadesal.org/second-announcement/ to download your copy.

World Congress Exhibition Selling Out

BOOK YOUR SPACE NOW A cornerstone of the IDA World Congress is the Exhibition that brings together public utilities with technology, systems and services providers from all corners of the world. Centrally located in the heart of World Congress activities, it will be surrounded by the technical sessions, plenary theater, Majlis Dialogue Hall, lunch area and refreshment breaks. This prime location ensures easy access and an ongoing flow of visitors to exhibitor booths. The Exhibition is more than 70% sold out – book your space now! To learn more, visit https://wc.idadesal.org/ booth-purchasing/ or email exhibits@idadesal.org



Program for

IDA Leaders Summit Announced The IDA Leaders Summit is one of the most highly anticipated new features of the 2019 IDA World Congress. This exceptional event will bring together highly respected individuals from across the advanced water treatment sector for thought provoking discussions about the issues and opportunities that are shaping the industry.

Held in parallel with the Technical Program, the Leaders Summit consists of a Leaders with Community session open to all conference delegates held on the afternoon of Monday, October 21 in the Plenary Hall, and a Leaders with Leaders one-day, invitation-only program on Tuesday, October 22. This Summit provides the opportunity for highlevel interaction with some of the world’s foremost individuals in desalination and water reuse.

Panels for the Leaders Summit encompass a range of important and timely topics including: Public Utilities 2.0, More with Less

In a few years, we will conclude the first quarter of the 21st Century with limited solutions to increasing water challenges. The panelists will discuss what public utilities are doing to proactively address these challenges and how they will secure sustainable supplies of safe water in the face of population growth, urbanization, decreased government spending, industrialization and climate change. The panel hosts some of the world’s most experienced utility professionals who deal with universal water issues and lead mega water projects in their respective regions. They will share their insights on how they plan for new technology, energy efficiency, and integration of renewables. They will offer their best practices to create a roadmap and inspire those who will soon have to address these emerging challenges.



Expanding the Public Private Partnership Model to New and Existing Markets

Panelists in this session are all leaders in their respective industries with an in-depth knowledge of leading PPP projects and introducing the model in the markets where they operate. They are well-versed in this growing market trend, especially in the MENA region, and will share their practical experience from concept to financial close, offering valuable insights into complexities, challenges and dynamic solutions, including a legal and financial perspective.

Trends in the EPC Market: Is Competing on Cost vs. Quality Sustainable?

How can EPC contractors, advisors and suppliers address the extremely competitive changes in the EPC market, requiring high risks and constant cost reductions? The panel will discuss new strategies to sustain a competitive advantage, including whether specialized niches for project size and class are required. This expert panel hosts some of the industries most respected thought leaders who will share their insights and experience managing resilient EPC businesses in an ever-changing business environment.

Bankability of Mega Water Projects: How to Increase the Appetite of Lenders and Financial Development Institutions?

The panel will address the challenges of securing funding for more water projects and the growing trend in the MENA region towards non-traditional banking such as Islamic Banking and the role of international funds to finance projects. Discussions will include their experience with managing risks and what can be done to attract more investors and lenders to water projects, EPC and long-term concessions in new regions and markets.

The Industrial Water – Energy Nexus: Are We on the Right Path?

Water scarcity, environmental regulation, energy costs and demand for higher water quality are just a few of the issues facing water-intensive industries today. The panel will examine water availability, the cost of energy, decoupling of water and power, and the integration of alternative energy. These leaders, engaged in corporate water stewardship, will share their unique approaches to smart water planning and reducing operation costs and carbon footprints.

The Leaders Summit requires a special registration, for more information about the Leaders Summit, contact smulrooney@idadesal.org



Plan Ahead for IDA-Affiliate Majlis Forums The IDA-Affiliate Majlis Forums add an exciting new aspect to the World Congress. These forums take place on Wednesday, October 23 through Thursday, October 24 during the general program and are open to all registered delegates. They provide an opportunity for IDA’s growing network of affiliates

to explore what is going on in the water sector regionally and showcase important game-changing projects or technologies in which their members are involved.

Wednesday, October 23

Thursday, October 24

Majlis Affiliate Forum Theater: 08:30-17:30

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The inspiration for these Forums is the concept of “majlis” that is popular in the Middle East. The word majlis, literally means “a place to sit,” and in an effort to bring that spirit to the World Congress, IDA is creating a space for conversation among experts and colleagues within the program.


Training Courses at the IDA World Congress

An Opportunity for Continued Learning

The IDA World Congress experience includes courses that afford superb opportunities for continued learning.

Training Opportunity 1 and 2: Reverse Osmosis Specialist Certification Exclusively offered at the IDA World Congress in Dubai are two RO training sessions. The two-day training and three-day certification class is instructed by world-renowned training organization, David H. Paul, Inc. a leader in high-tech water treatment training. These seminars provide the fundamental knowledge and proficiencies required to work in any reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant, including.

Reverse Osmosis Specialist I Certification

Reverse Osmosis Specialist I Certification

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Mrs. Jantje Johnson Founder, OrangeBoat

This seminar dives deeply into the design, operation and maintenance of RO systems. It is important that participants have a fundamental understanding of RO, pretreatment and operation and it is a good opportunity for RO system operators and designers to gather information, ask questions and solve problems.

The seminar will include: Pretreatment: technologies and chemicals RO design: RO membrane elements, RO configurations, membrane replacement strategies. A proprietary reference tool will be introduced that aids in selecting/screening membrane elements from different membrane manufacturers.

Cleaning: Effective cleaning of reverse osmosis systems is dependent on several key parameters.

These key parameters include RO system design, membrane selection, cleaning skid design, operation, membrane chemicals and cleaning procedures. Information on these key parameters and their impact on effective cleaning will be discussed in detail. Cleaning case studies of plants will be presented.

Troubleshooting: Different methods are discussed that can be used to identify and locate the performance problem in the RO system. Hard copy handout is provided.

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NOMINATIONS FOR 2019-2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS (TERM 19) NOW BEING ACCEPTED Schedule The nomination schedule dates published in the Spring Connections issue were incorrect






June, 2019

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Voting for the 2019-2021 IDA Board of Directors Election Opens

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Results Announced and Posted


The nomination period for candidates for IDA’s amount of time to their duties should they be Board of Directors for the 2019-2021 term (Term 19) elected; for example, directors are expected to is now open. prepare for and attend two board meetings per year, actively participate in IDA's programs, events All persons who have been continuous active and committees, undertake special assignments members in the IDA since June 2018 are eligible and respond promptly to communications from to stand for election. One of the major criteria Committee Chairpersons and IDA Headquarters. in considering candidates is their ability to provide leadership and make significant positive All nominations should be sent to the IDA office contributions to IDA. Candidates should be to the attention of IDA Secretary General, Ms. knowledgeable about IDA's mission and policies Shannon McCarthy, at smccarthy@idadesal.org. and be prepared to assist in further developing Current directors who wish to stand for re-election IDA's vision, programs and services. In addition, should email Shannon McCarthy prior to 26 July they should be prepared to dedicate a significant 2019.




Candidate Eligibility The Membership and Elections Committee will place on the ballot for Directors all general members who have agreed to stand for election and have: (1) been selected by the Membership and Election Committee, (2) been proposed by letter or petition by at least five Class I and Class II members or their Designated Representative from the same region, or (3) requested in writing to the Committee that they be considered for election and are sponsored by five or more Class I or Class II members or their Designated Representative.

Candidates must be prepared to serve the desalination and water reuse community as a whole rather than espouse the particular interest of any single entity. They must maintain confidentiality on the business of the Board, and avoid prejudiced judgments on specific issues. The candidate should also have standing within the desalination and water reuse industry.

Regional Representation

In order to assure proper regional representation, directorships are allocated in proportion to the number of Class I and Class II members in good standing in each region. Twenty-one directors may be elected to the Board of Directors, and each region may have at least one and no more than seven. Based on the membership numbers, the regional allocation of Directors for the 2019 election is as follows:




North America


Latin America, Caribbean


Pacific Asia


Middle East, Africa




Directors are elected by a direct vote of IDA’s Class I and Class II members. The Membership and Elections Committee asks that each candidate provide a high-resolution photo, short biography and brief description of what he or she intends to contribute to the Association. Ballots will be posted on the website on August 6, 2019 and voting will begin. IDA members will be able to log in and vote


electronically. Voting will close on September 25, 2019. Results will be posted on the IDA website (www.idadesal.org) by October 5, 2019 and members will be notified of the results by email. For more information about the Director elections, please contact Shannon McCarthy at smccarthy@ idadesal.org.


NOMINATION PERIOD OPENS FOR IDA 2019 INDUSTRY AND SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS IDA is delighted to announce that, at this year’s World Congress Gala Dinner in Dubai, Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019, we will be honoring the efforts of selected companies, organizations, and even cities with new awards. The nomination period for these awards is now open. Those who challenge themselves to innovate and meet the increasing demands for municipal and industrial water needs, will be acknowledged for their exceptional contributions to the Desalination and Water Reuse Sectors. These expanded awards better reflect the diversity of contribution present in the water industry. From municipalities to corporations, the new IDA award categories are now able to recognize the varied ways in which the global community is tackling water scarcity in

order to ensure a future in which clean water and sanitation are universal. The Awards are open to IDA members and nonmembers. To nominate, an IDA member must submit an email to awards@idadesal.org on or before the deadline of 30 July 2019 with the following information. 1. The name of the nominee 2. The specific Award 3. How the nominee exemplifies the spirit of the award (100 words). Below is the list of awards for the Desalination and Water Reuse Sector:

01. Best Public Private Partnership - the company that exemplifies collaboration and creativity.

02. Most Innovative Utility in a Least Developed Countrythe utility that innovates this notoriously conservative industry.

03. Best Private Company (Latin America and Caribbean Region)- the company making the most impressive overall contribution in this region.

04. Best Private Company (Asia-Pacific Region)- the company making the most impressive overall contribution in this region.

05. Best Private Company (MENA Region) - the company

making the most impressive overall contribution in this region.

06. Most Innovative Company- the company that executed the project we all wish we had thought of.

07. Best Disruptive Technology - the company that executed

the project that employed a breakthrough technology that is changing the way we do business.



08. The Most Progressive Disruptive Policy in Water Reuse-

the project that is moving the needle in the public sector to support and grow water reuse implementation.

09. Best Performing Company in Water Reuse- the company that has exemplified efficiency, best-in-class technology, and operations to earn the reputation for the highest quality performance.

SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS 10. The Best Nature-based Solution Technology- the company that is leveraging naturally occurring systems and technologies to create sustainable, renewable sources of water.

11. The Most Resilient City- the city that has created

infrastructures and best practices for a community that can thrive and adapt to the changing climate and water availability.

12. Most Innovative Water – Energy Nexus Project- the project

that bridges the gap and capitalizes on the synergies between the water and energy needs of its community.

13. Best SDG 6 Implementor- the project in the industry making the most strides in providing clean water and sanitation for all.

14. Best Corporate Social Responsibility Project - the

company that utilized desalination or water reuse technology to improve the lives of the communities where they work or create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly supply chain in their business.



MEMBERSHIP IN IDA – RENEW NOW! It’s time to renew your membership in IDA! The 2019/2020 membership year begins on July 1, and we’ve made it easy to renew – or join IDA – online.

As the point of connection for members of the world’s advanced water treatment industry, IDA is focused on advancing knowledge-sharing and the exchange of ideas, expanding educational opportunities, and facilitating business- and careerIDA members enjoy generous discounts on building opportunities for our members. registration for IDA events including the World Congress, as well as an array of complimentary IDA offers two categories of Corporate Membership publications including IDA Global Connections, as well as four levels of Individual Membership as Water.desalination+reuse magazine and the IDA well as membership for universities/NGOs and notWater Security Handbook. Members also enjoy free for-profit libraries. Following is a summary of IDA’s access to IDA’s library of knowledge and information, classes of membership and annual dues. For a full as well as many other benefits. list of membership benefits, visit https://idadesal. org/membership/membership-benefits/.


Corporations/Utilities – 1 YR

Small Companies (10 employees or less) - 1 YR

Category: Class I

Category: Class I

Type: A

Type: B

Annual Dues (USD): $1260

Annual Dues (USD): $840

Universities / NGOs – 1YR

Individuals who are not affiliated with Class IA or IB corporate members - 1YR

Category: Class I

Category: Class II

Type: B

Type: A

Annual Dues (USD): $840

Annual Dues (USD): $145

Individuals who are employees of Class IA or Class IB corporate members

Full-time Students

Category: Class II

Category: Class III

Type: D

Type: A

Annual Dues (USD): $90

Annual Dues (USD): $30


Non-profit Libraries

Individuals from Developing Countries (LDCs)

Category: Class III

Category: Class III

Type: B

Type: C

Annual Dues (USD): $30

Annual Dues (USD): $30

To join IDA or renew your Membership online, visit https://idadesal.org/membership/join-renew/

“I have been an IDA member since 2007, when I joined the organization as a fresh professional, having been referred by some industry colleagues. IDA is an organization committed to discussing and endorsing the future of our industry and the technologies that serve it. Being a member has introduced me to an extraordinary space to exchange, network and support our common goal of promoting desalination and water reuse as a sustainable solution to our world’s water scarcity problems. IDA is a dynamic, developing association – focused on sustainability and conscious of its responsibility to stimulate the whole industry and academy, with the goal to continuously enhance their technological and social approaches to water problems. It is a do-notmiss forum.”

Blanca Salgado

EMEA Technical Service and R&D Manager, Water Solutions Safety & Construction, Dow/DuPont Specialty Products (DuPont) Division



“I joined the IDA in 2006 because, as a young professional, IDA offered me the opportunity to access a community that is firmly committed to promoting the use of desalination technology and which boosts the communication between the different stakeholders in the sector, as well as for its promotion of the research and technology diffusion. In my opinion, one of the most valuable aspects is that IDA connects the global desalination community. This not only include the most important companies, but also end-users, engineers, consultants, financiers, developers, researchers and governments. This offers a great networking opportunity as well as good access to technological knowledge. IDA mainly has provided me with the opportunity to meet relevant people within the sector, share knowledge, access new technologies and visibility that helped me to develop my professional career. The desalination and reuse industry needs motivated young professionals with different skills and backgrounds, open to new and innovative ideas, to integrate new technology and face the challenges that the sector needs to deal with in the future. IDA is a great platform to learn more about the industry and build a good network of friends, colleagues, researchers and suppliers who can help meet future challenges and enhance society together.�

Jorge J. Malfeito

Director de I+D+i, Acciona Agua





CHANNABASAPPA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO ENZO RENE GARCÍA-BARTOLOMEI IDA is pleased to announce that its Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Mr. Enzo Rene García-Bartolomei of Chile for the 2019/2020 academic year. The Institute of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilization (ISDMU), SOA (Tianjin, China), is co-sponsoring this year’s scholarship through a matching contribution to the IDA Sustainable Water Resources Foundation (SWRF), which will issue a $5,000 USD matching grant. This makes the total scholarship value $10,000 USD. A Marine Ecologist, Mr. García holds a B.S. in Ecology, and has eight years of working experience. He is now in his second year of doctoral studies, majoring in Inland Aquatic Systems, at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of the University of Concepción, one of the most prestigious environmental science programs in Chile and the LATAM region.


Mr. García has a long interest in water sustainability. He is a native of Antofagasta, Chile, which is located on the coast of the Atacama Desert, and as a teenager, he witnessed the construction and operation of the first industrial seawater desalination plant in the country. In 2015, during his scientific career, he was the leading researcher of a project entitled “Development of Biotechnological Tools for the Monitoring of Marine Systems under the Influence of Desalination Industry’s Brine Discharge,” financed by the Escondida Water Supply desalination plant. In 2017, he began his doctoral studies after receiving a scholarship from the National Commission of Science and Technology (CONICYT). In 2018, as part of a project called BloomAlert, he started development of an early warning tool to facilitate management plans for desalination plants during algal blooms.


The topic for his doctoral thesis is “Multidisciplinary Environmental Approach to the Sustainable Management of Seawater Desalination Effluents.” Its main objective is to develop a multi-disciplinary brine management strategy based on ecotoxicological, territorial and normative research.

desalination and water reuse. The scholarship provides financial assistance to students who have been accepted into a graduate program of doctoral studies and who intend to pursue a research thesis related to desalination and water reuse. The total maximum grant per student is up to $10,000 USD.

“One of IDA’s important initiatives is supporting education and advanced training in the field of desalination and water reuse, and the scholarship program is one of our key programs in this regard. We are grateful to ISDMU China for its generous support to the IDA SWRF in providing a matching contribution to support this year’s scholarship program, and we encourage other businesses and organizations to follow their lead,” said Ms. Shannon McCarthy, IDA’s Secretary General.

To be eligible for the Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship, applicants must have graduated from an accredited university and be from the top 10% of their class in science or engineering. They must prove full-time admission to a graduate program of doctoral studies related to desalination or water reuse, and must exhibit leadership and achievement potential. In addition, all applicants must be members of IDA.

For more information about IDA’s educational The objective of the Channabasappa Memorial and training programs, visit https://idadesal.org/ Scholarship is to encourage engineers and scientists training/ to further their education in subjects related to

Scholarship Winner Recognized at Water Congress 2019 in Santiago we measure and manage the effect of brine discharges in marine systems in Chile?”

IDA’s Channabasappa Scholarship recipient Enzo García was recognized for his achievement during Water Congress 2019, held this May in Santiago, Chile. At the event, Mr. García presented a paper entitled “From individuals to communities: how do


Following the presentation, Emilio Gabbrielli, IDA Director and Past President, informed the audience of this prestigious award, and the announcement triggered hearty applause for Mr. García, who is the first Latin American to receive this honor. Water Congress 2019 was organized to offer a forum where executives and professionals could learn and analyze recent innovations in water management for mining and other industries.


UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA WEST CENTER NAMED AS HOST AGENCY FOR 2019 IDA FELLOWSHIP AWARD PROGRAM IDA announces that the University of Arizona (UA) Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center will be the host agency for its 2019/2020 Fellowship Award Program. Located in Tucson, Arizona, USA, the UA WEST Center is a leading interdisciplinary research facility, enabling the development and demonstration of technologies that advance water and energy sustainability through private/public partnerships, while providing unparalleled educational and outreach opportunities for local, regional and global communities. It is colocated at the Pima County “Agua Nueva” Water Campus, providing a unique venue to conduct the translational research necessary to advance the sustainable technologies of the future.

professionals. Its purpose is to promote greater interaction and sharing of knowledge, technologies and processes in the desalination and water reuse industry. This approach benefits not only the Fellow and host agency, but also the industry at large. Each host agency is known for its leadership in advanced water treatment including desalination and/or water reuse. In addition to the WEST Center, IDA has partnered with PUB, Singapore’s national water agency; the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) in Saudi Arabia; Water Corporation and Murdoch University in Western Australia; the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in the USA; the Ministry of Electricity & Water in Kuwait;

The WEST Center represents an important partnership – among few in the nation – that brings together various stakeholders to address some of the grand environmental challenges facing society today. The Center maintains a membership program to engage participants from industry, government and academia. The partnership currently involves Pima County, Tucson Water, numerous industrial partners, and the University of Arizona. Utilizing the joint expertise of cross-cutting disciplines from colleges and departments across the University of Arizona, it occupies a special position at the epicenter of research, education, outreach and industrial partnerships in North America for water and energy technologies. The Fellowship Award includes both a monetary prize of up to 10,000 USD and an attachment with the host agency to work on a specific project. This year, the WEST Center will arrange a six-week attachment for the Fellow that includes field visits and a statewide survey of utilities and systems, as well as a focus on UF/RO and membrane distillation at WEST. Since its inception in 2008, the Fellowship Program has paired IDA with many of the world’s leading water agencies with a shared goal of promoting education and fostering information exchange among industry



SEEKING FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS NOW and the Public Authority for Electricity and Water desalination and/or water reuse. IDA and the (PAEW), located in Oman. WEST Center will jointly select the recipient of the Fellowship Award. Applications for the 2019-2020 Fellowship Program are now being accepted, with a For further details about the IDA Fellowship submission deadline of 30 July. To be eligible for Program and application guidelines, please visit the Fellowship Award, the individual applicant www.idadesal.org or email education@idadesal. must be an IDA member, and must possess org. For more information about UA West, please 8-10 years of working experience in the field of visit https://west.arizona.edu/.




NORTH AMERICA MARKET FOR MEMBRANES By Harold Fravel, Executive Director, AMTA The reality is that indirect potable reuse is already well established, occurring every time water is discharged into a river that then feeds cities and communities further downstream. Feedwaters for indirect potable reuse become a bit more refined when they’ve been discharged into aquifers, reservoirs or lakes, and this method, combined with the public’s related perception, has helped overcome initial concerns regarding the “purity” of Approximately 7% – 10% of wastewater in North potable water sourced through reuse. America is reused, with the remainder being discharged into lakes and rivers. There’s little doubt The market expansion of Membrane Bioreactors that the ready supply of wastewater can and should (MBR) is a testament to the efficiency of the process be a more robust source of potable water through and the real benefits of these systems including a advanced membrane treatment methods. The reduced footprint and improved filtrate quality as technology is well established, and when faced with compared to conventional treatment methods. The the prospect of producing drinking water via reuse greater degree of biosolids digestion via MBR greatly or having no drinking water at all, communities have reduces the amount of produced sludge that must be disposed of and helps support its economic viability. grudgingly embraced potable reuse. Opportunities for the design, installation and operation of membrane-based water treatment systems in North America are substantial and diverse. Although many attribute membrane systems as referring primarily to seawater desalination, this is actually the least significant application of membranes in North America due primarily to the availability and benefits of alternative options.



There are over 650 MRB facilities installed within the United States, and its market continues to grow. Many of the installed systems are small, packaged for a variety of customers including regional casinos or state parks, but the MBR plant in Canton, Ohio will be significantly larger at 40 MGD.

concentrate to a downstream WWTP, but the salt content and resulting hydraulic load must be considered. Ideally, concentrates with higher salinities are blended with lower salinity treated wastewater and reused, thereby solving the disposal issue and generating valuable revenue.

The use of reverse osmosis (RO), nanofiltration (NF), ultrafiltration (UF) and microfiltration (MF) is well established and fairly widespread, but there is certainly some regionality in which each technology dominates. With proper operator diligence, membranes provide quality water when temperatures and feedwater quality changes with the seasons, adapting to winter rains and spring run-off.

Concentrate discharges into a surface water such as a lake or river can reduce the cost, but obtaining permits for this method can be onerous, and the potential impact to the environment must be considered. Dispersal of the concentrate and a consideration for the quality of the final blend and its seasonal impact must all be evaluated.

Within the state of Florida, which is dominated by RO and NF, there are very few MF or UF installations. In contrast, the Northwest US has embraced MF/UF and MBR instead. The Midwest has applied all of the available membrane technologies, using MF/UF followed by RO/NF. A 12 MGD facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota is currently under construction and is expected to begin treating Red River water with MF followed by RO in June 2020.

Several regions within North America have been experiencing long term droughts, resulting in justified anxiety about the availability of water and depleted reservoirs. Communities have begun to accept and appreciate the value of water reuse in solving these scarcity concerns. While public acceptance of indirect and direct potable reuse remains a challenge for the industry, some consumers have simply recognized that they have no choice but to embrace every available water source and maximize their use. Aggressive and highly organized public outreach programs are aiding in this effort. Though drilling deep into aquifers may be a sourcing solution in some regions, these waters typically have a high salt concentration. Treatment methods that result in high salinity brine solutions become a disposal challenge and expensive, most notably for inland facilities.

A variety of disposal methods do exist, though, with the least expensive alternative being direct discharge into an existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). Many facilities already send their


Deep well disposal can accommodate concentrate brines. This option is expensive to initiate and monitor, and the discharged water is forever lost as a future source for reuse opportunities. Interestingly, Florida has many deep disposal wells for membrane plant concentrate, though it is surrounded by seawater. The higher salinity of membrane concentrate streams and the ready availability of boulder zones deep below the surface make it the least expensive discharge option. In some cases, end users have created manmade marshes and wetlands to accommodate the concentrate, and several successful examples are currently in operation.


The ideal of capturing minerals in concentrate streams and reusing the water is being refined at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Desalination plant in El Paso, Texas. Here, concentrate from the brackish water plant is being piped to the nearby Enviro Water Minerals Corporation. EWMC recovers the salts from the water and produces commodity caustic, hydrochloric acid, calcium sulfate and other products for distribution and sale. The recovered water is returned to the membrane plant. In this way, the facility not only eliminates the need and cost associated with concentrate disposal; they also generate revenue from the “waste” and maximize the plant’s return on investment. The curious thing about membrane technology in North America is the dearth of seawater desalination facilities, most notably within the drought-stricken coastal state of California where reverse osmosis was actually born. There are currently only two major seawater systems operating in the U.S.: the 25 MGD Tampa Bay desalination plant in Florida and the 50 MGD Charles "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad desalination plant in Carlsbad, California, which began operation in 2017. While membrane-based seawater desalination is widely used around the world, North American communities typically enjoy options that are less expensive in construction and operation. Even more prohibiting in some states is the intense, costly and time-consuming effort required to

obtain a plethora of environmental, discharge, and regulatory permits, which can add years, even decades, to successful plant start-up. Extensive periods of drought, though, have resulted in a dire re-evaluation of the barriers to membrane-based seawater treatment in securing a reliable water source. There is even renewed interest in seawater desalination as a viable option in drought-stricken Texas and California for both potable and industrial water sourcing. Recently, significant efforts applied to the development higher recovery systems have reaped increasing rewards. These systems rely on advanced antiscalant chemistries to keep highly concentrated ions from prematurely fouling membrane surfaces. Innovative, and sometimes proprietary, operating and design processes are being developed by relatively new, up-and-coming companies to operate systems at the highest possible recovery rates. However, the obvious benefits of recovering increased volumes of water come at a cost, with the most pressing challenge being the subsequently high concentrate TDS. Some of the gains in permeate flow are offset by a limited number of disposal options, and efficient reuse of high TDS concentrate is simply not always possible. Well-deserved attention is now focused on the complexities of high recovery systems and effective handling of the supersaturated concentrate solution while accommodating lower flow rates.

Over the years, the industry, its employers and regional municipalities have suffered from a lack of well-trained and educated membrane plant operators. This ongoing issue prompted AMTA’s affiliates to develop a formal training curriculum known as the Membrane Operator Class (MOC), developed to include four separate sessions, referred to as “modules,” that provide membrane plant operators with formal, organized, and cost effective and training by seasoned professionals on the use, design, and technology related to RO, NF, MF, UF and MBR membrane systems. AMTA Affiliates conduct these classes throughout the year and have already educated over 1,000 membrane plant operators, exceeding the founders’ original goals. At the same time, AMTA continues to host renowned technical conferences, symposiums and workshops in cities across the North America to augment these programs. Wise, targeted workshops address specific additional related technologies, including degasification, system troubleshooting, pump sizing and maintenance, pilot plant design and operation, membrane cleaning and more, giving operators a chance to learn detailed information in a regional setting that also promotes personal and professional networking. As the water industry workforce ages and the number of plants continues to increase, the need or well-trained membrane plant operators becomes more and more critical.


The deteriorating condition of America's aging infrastructure continues to take center stage as local and national budgets struggle to find the monies necessary to keep systems operating. Water treatment infrastructure and distribution are among the top concerns, as dramatic shifts in population creates an ever-increasing need for safe drinking water in expanding cities. As retirees migrate to warmer, and typically more arid climates, population concentrations stretch the limits of aging equipment already operating beyond original designs capacity. Efforts to upgrade or improve existing water or wastewater plants offer an opportunity to evaluate the benefits of new treatment technologies. Real world advantages of today’s advanced membrane systems – including consistent operation under changing feedwater conditions, higher quality permeate water product, a reduced footprint, and in some cases a reduction or elimination of solid waste by-products – have combined to make membrane systems a particularly compelling option for owners and operators who might otherwise simply expand their existing but outdated methodology.

New greenfield facilities have become an important part of the overall growth of membrane sales, but over 2,000 plants have already been in operation, some for decades, ensuring that the membrane replacement market remains substantial and robust. Manufacturers continue to introduce a variety of unique benefits including membranes’ enhanced operation under lower pressure to save energy and membranes with higher and higher rejections. Some suppliers offer products that can be installed into membrane systems that were previously promoted as proprietary. Open Platform racks are now available, reducing the restrictions and disadvantages of sole sourcing and allowing end users to choose which membrane module best fit their need. Ceramic membranes are beginning to enjoy increased market share with several drinking water facilities now embracing the use and benefits as the price of these more specialized products becomes more and more competitive.

As membrane manufacturers look ahead, AMTA took a moment several years ago to look behind, undertaking the ambitious project of recording interviews from some of the industry’s water treatment pioneers. The project was called “Chats with the Pioneers” and eventually totaled 36 interviews that chronicled the unique experiences and commentary of 106 individuals who were instrumental in the development, application, design and promotion of membranes and membrane systems. These compelling videos are available to all site visitors on the AMTA webpage at www. amtaorg.com. Audio podcasts are also available. This project was financially supported by AMTA sponsors, with the goal of preserving the history of our industry for future generations. AMTA also hosts a Digital Library that includes copies of all the papers and PowerPoint presentations presented at AMTA Membrane Technology Conferences and Workshops. AMTA’s informative Membrane Facility Map identifies over 2,000 installed membrane plants throughout North America and has a search feature that allows users to find regional plants by membrane type, system size, and a variety of other specifications. AMTA has also coordinated the authorship of 25 Technology Fact Sheets that detail specific technologies important to our industry including an overview of the technical advantages of various membrane types and case studies of systems operating across the U.S. AMTA also works hard to encourage and support the next generation of membrane innovators by providing monetary awards and grants under the Student Fellowship Program and the recently introduced Ian C. Watson Fellowship for Membrane Advancement Award, distributed to deserving students engaged in research specific to the membrane industry.


Continued growth in the North American market for membranes and membrane-based systems ensures ongoing technology developments and improvements. There are certainly no limits to the ongoing challenges related to water treatment including increasingly difficult feedwaters, effective wastewater reuse, pressures to increase system recovery rates, reducing energy demands and related costs, expanding viable membrane product options, recognizing the advantages of ceramic membranes, encouraging open platform MF/

About the Author

UF systems, and finding productive uses for concentrate waste streams. These all combine to make this industry more exciting than ever, and AMTA is proud to be a leader in educating system operators and promoting membrane technologies. We aggressively partner with IDA and other respected industry organizations to help eliminate regulatory barriers to membrane system installation and operation around the world to the benefit of our members and to our communities.


Harold Fravel is the Executive Director of the American Membrane Technology Association. He worked for the Dow Chemical Company for 36 years after earning a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina.


THE 12TH INTERNATIONAL DESALINATION WORKSHOP IN KOREA (IDW2019) Nowadays, water desalination and reuse have been taking the central role as an alternative fresh water sources to break through the global water shortage; the technologies of reverse osmosis membrane and thermal distillation, have made startling progress in the past decades. The Global Desalination Research Center (GDRC) in Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) and the European Desalination Society (EDS) initiated IDW in 2007 under the SeaHERO program. In the past 12 years, it has acquired an international reputation and became one of the premier events in the world due to its high level of discussions for industrial applications and academic research. The upcoming IDW2019 will be organized by Korea Desalination Plant Association (KDPA) with GDRC, EDS and all major Korean water desalination research groups (SeaHERO2, FOHC, KORAE, DREAMS and MD+).

Date: Wednesday, August 28 – Friday, August 30, 2019 Venue: Maison Glad Hotel, Jeju island, Republic of Korea Important Dates: • Abstract Submission: Friday, April 26 (online submission only) • Acceptance Notification: Friday, May 10 • Early Bird Registration: Friday, June 7 • Final Registration: Friday, July 26 • Full Paper Submission: Friday, August 23 URL: http://desalist.gdrc.or.kr/main/ 64


The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) and American Water Works Association (AWWA) were pleased to co-host the successful 2019 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition (MTC). Held in New Orleans on February 25 – 28, the event fell between the city’s two most famous celebrations, Carnival and Mardi Gras. Professionals who enjoy an informative technical

conference, interactive membrane exhibit arena, engaging networking events, colorful parades and Cajun/Creole cuisine were delighted by the MTC program and venue. With an outstanding gathering of over 900 attendees, the Conference kicked off with four pre-conference workshops and included the Back-to-Basics sessions, which garnered the event’s biggest crowds. A Dixieland Band


entertained the Opening General Session audience, and Mr. Layne Carter from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was the compelling keynote speaker, provided a fascinating glimpse of the unique challenges of water reuse and purification in a zero-gravity environment to produce a ready supply of potable water to our astronauts. Attendees

A refreshment table was provided during the Experts-in-the-Round session Wednesday afternoon. The Experts-in-the-Round featured 16 tables hosted by some of the industry’s most experienced membrane practitioners, with more than 90 attendees taking advantage of the exceptional opportunity to ask questions specific to their facility or interest. Countries

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The Exhibit area featured 80 membrane-focused vendors in 108 spaces, showcasing their latest and greatest innovations in membrane technology and support services. The MTC program also included 15-minute educational sessions hosted by participating exhibitors within their booths.


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These small group discussions invite beneficial knowledge transfers, one of the key goals of this annual event. Management and operational challenges of large membrane plants, applications for ceramic membranes, benefits of membrane bioreactors (MBR), and methods of treating emerging contaminants were just some of the topics covered in these informative discussions.

The technical sessions Presentations began with a panel discussion on the challenges of water sourcing and treatment in regions effected by The closing ceremony on natural disasters, drought, Thursday was hosted by Posters Sponsors earthquakes, fires, floods the MTC20 Program Chair, and hurricanes. The Paul Delphos, who also technical session podium announced the Best Paper presentations continued and Poster Award winners. from Tuesday through Thursday, and the poster sessions were held Tuesday and Wednesday. The 2020 Membrane Technology Conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on March 16 – 20. The In keeping with the expectations of a New Orleans program will include pre-conference workshops, event, MTC attendees were well fed throughout Spanish-speaking technical sessions, over the week! Tuesday’s lunch was held in the Exhibit 100 presentations, plant tours, and as always, area, and Wednesday’s meal was coordinated industry networking events. with the annual Awards luncheon. A Thursday morning breakfast was provided in the exhibit Take advantage of early registration discounts, hall, and a networking lunch was offered later in and join us in what has become a premier the day. Networking receptions were held both opportunity to meet industry leaders and stay Tuesday and Wednesday evening in the Exhibit informed of the industry’s newest innovations in Hall with appetizers and beverages served. membrane treatment equipment and applications.





YLP ACTIVITIES AT THE 2019 IDA WORLD CONGRESS IN DUBAI The 2019 IDA World Congress: Crossroads to Sustainability, is fast approaching and as such, the YLP committee chairs warmly invite all attendees to spend some time at the IDA YLP booth where you can network with some of the YLP committee members and learn more about the program. Additionally, during the Congress, there will be a number of invitation-only activities that are open just to members of the YLP.

Our sincere thanks goes out to the lead YLP sponsor ACWAPower and also to ROPV for their generous support. For more information and updates, we encourage you to follow our page on LinkedIn entitled IDA Young Leaders Program (YLP) and to join our YLP exclusive LinkedIn group entitled International Desalination Association (IDA) Young Leaders Program.

About the YLP Program The YLP is a free program open to all IDA members who are 35 years old or younger. The program offers several exciting opportunities accessible only to its members, such as the Best Paper by a Young Leader award at the World Congress, the Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship, the IDA Fellowship Program, the

Mentor Program and quarterly Webinars. If you are not yet a member of the YLP and are interested in joining this exciting program, please reach out to the co-chairs Monica Boodhan (monicaboodhan@gmail.com) or Naomi Jones (naomi.jones@evoqua.com) who will happily assist you in getting registered.

YLP Elections starting June 16 For more information about the YLP and the Committee Election, please visit the YLP dedicated website, www.idaylp.org, or contact Karen Zilinek at kzilinek@idadesal.org.




NEW CORPORATE MEMBERS Aqualia is Europe's fourth largest private water company in terms of population served and ranks among the top 10 worldwide (GWI, November 2017). We have achieved this position by rendering full service and being capable of providing solutions that satisfy the needs of public and private entities and organizations throughout all phases of the water cycle, regardless of whether the purpose is for human, farming or industrial use. Aqualia is a benchmark in the sector and stands at the vanguard as a specialized, transparent and innovative entity. We've reached this position thanks to the commitment and extensive experience of our team of professionals who are constantly striving to improve efficiency in production processes and optimize resources, while placing citizens clearly at the core of our actions and policies. This work approach and the continuous progress in innovation and in the use of new technologies have enabled us to bolster the company's leadership in the Spanish market and make headway in this regard in international markets, based on an ambitious but moderate strategy defined to consolidate the company's international presence. Sustainable development has a distinctively intrinsic role in Aqualia's business model: combining the generation of social benefits with a fair profit yield from activities puts the company in a privileged situation in the water management sector. Aqualia's commitment and responsibility vis-à-vis the municipalities where it carries out its activities go beyond merely rendering a service: it has always sought to contribute to improving the well-being of people, particularly the most vulnerable groups.

Malé Water & Sewerage Company Pvt. Ltd. (MWSC) established on April 1, 1995, is a leading pioneer organization in the water and wastewater industry in the Maldives. Building around its strong foundation in the field of utility services, MWSC has today transformed into a multi-disciplined engineering and manufacturing company with its vision of contributing to the infrastructure development of the country. Today, MWSC utility services have further been expanded to include electricity and waste management services under its umbrella. Presently, MWSC operations have been established in the Greater Male’ region and three outer islands and proudly serves over 50% of the Maldivian population. As the pioneers of the water and wastewater industry, we are proud of where we are today. We operate at internationally recognized standards, having attained Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in 2013, ISO 9001: 2015 quality management system in the year 2017, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) in 2018, assuring our stakeholders of service excellence.



Founded in 1966, Tecnica Y Proyectos S.A. (TYPSA) is a leading consulting engineering group in the fields of water, environment, energy, transport, buildings and cities. We have a longstanding relationship with public, private and institutional clients in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, assisting in the development of infrastructure projects, providing services for studies and planning, infrastructure design, construction supervision and management, operation and maintenance. TYPSA is a Signatory Member of the United Nations Global Compact, and is fully committed to aligning its operations and strategies with the 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

TYPSA’s success is based on talent management, integrity, innovation, quality, sustainability and resource planning. Its Integrated Management System (IMS) sets standards of quality, environment, innovation and health & safety for the group and incorporates the ethics, code of conduct, sustainability and integrity principles of FIDIC. In 2018, 80% of the revenue came from international business, and the average number of staff was 2,562 in 35 permanent offices. TYPSA is Nº 55 in the world in terms of export volume in the Ranking ENR 2018, particularly in water supply and sewerage sector; Nº 16 in desalination; and Nº 18 in wastewater treatment.


Zhe Jiang Parkson Water Industry Equipment Stock Co., Ltd, was founded in 2006. It has been committed to the development and production of water treatment products, and after more than 10 years of development, has become a world-class water treatment products supplier. The company focuses on water treatment, industrial water treatment, seawater desalination treatment, industrial wastewater treatment and other water treatment areas, to provide integrated pipeline connection solutions. The company insists on providing more economical and reliable water treatment product solutions with advanced technology, and provides high quality products and services for users in nearly 100 countries around the world quickly, ensuring the safe and reliable operation of 80 million tons of water treatment system every day. PASS products have been recognized by world-class enterprises in the industry and become models in the industry, making the company a leader in the industry.


IDA 2019 World Congress, hosted by DEWA October 20-24, 2019 Dubai, UAE


ALADYR Congress July 9-10, 2019 San Jose, Costa Rica

12th International Desalination Workshop (IDW2019) August 28 – 30, 2019 Republic of Korea

AMTA/AWWA Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition March 16-20, 2020 Phoenix, Arizona

European Desalination Society Desalination for the Environment: Clean Water and Energy June 7-11, 2020 Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain


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