HydroGaïa – International Water Exhibition will address water needs in food and manufacturing industries

In the upcoming International Water Exhibition at the Montpellier Exhibition Centre in France, hundreds of professionals from the water industry will convene from the 17th to the 18th of May 2017. There, HydroGaïa will be hosting themed workshops, and an exhaustive, content-rich programme consisting of talks and presentations. After the inaugural lecture, “The management of water resources to satisfy population food needs”, the presentations will then focus on three major topics:

–        Session 1: How to meet industry and agro-industry needs – 17th May, Wednesday, from 2.00 to 5.00pm

–        Session 2: Which type of irrigation for tomorrow? – 18th May, Thursday, from 9.30am to 12.00pm

–        Session 3: How to satisfy domestic water needs – 18th May, Thursday, from 2.00 to 4.00pm


Session 1: How to meet industry and agro-industry water needs

Guest speaker: Michael Dutang – Honorary chairman of the French Water Cluster, Advisor to the CEO at VEOLIA


                Session 1.1: Water quality

The session will focus on the agricultural and livestock production that need a wide range of industrial processes and involve the implementation of numerous water flows. There are different types of application in the production process: food to be consumed raw, and food products and cosmetics to be processed. “These water flows must comply with different regulations depending on the country. The economic weight of the ‘Water’ raw material and t he associated treatment varies considerably according to the finished product and the geographical zone,” Jean-Michel Clerc from the Regional Innovation Agencies Transferts, said.

Security of the water supply – in both quality and quantity – as well as the rational and reasonable use of water in industrial facilities is receiving much more attention today than in the past. This first session will explore the lessons learned from tangible experiences gained to look into and examine the various approaches and solutions players in the industry have successfully applied to guarantee the supply, quality, and quantity of the water. According to Didier Ginestet (E.T.E) and Valérie Rouvet (AQMC), “the implementation of the right water treatment processes, in which production teams are fully competent, together with quality controls, play a crucial role.”

The round table discussion scheduled for the end of the lecture will give participants the opportunity to share their views and experience.

                Speakers (to be confirmed):

–        Laboratoire Analyses Qualité Microbiologie Conseil (AQMC)

–        Valérie Rouvet, Co-director and QSE Manager

–        Européenne de Traitement des Eaux (E.T.E.)

–        Didier Ginestet, Water treatment research and development (R&D) Engineer

–        SUEZ

–        Jean-Marie Ledoux, Deputy Chief Commercial Officer, Corporate at Suez Eau France


Session 1.2: Recycling and by-product management

Picking up where the previous session left off, the use and recycling of water and the management and recovery of by-products will be addressed through a wide range of clear examples. Illustrations from the presentation of the Water Reuse & Normalisation* Platform, unique to France and Europe, will also allow the attending professionals to share their experiences and capitalise on them.

                Speakers (to be confirmed):

–        CHEMDOC

–        Salvador Perez, Director

–        Polymem

–        Maxime Zevaco, Process engineer

–        CMC Malongo

–        Jean-Christophe Galland, Producer country partnership manager

–        Alliance Environnement

–        Stéphane Triaire, Research manager


*The Water Reuse & Normalisation Platform is coordinated in the Occitanie/Pyrénées – Méditerranée and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) regions by the French Water Cluster together with the clusters Swelia, WSM, Ea éco-entreprises, the Regional Innovation Agencies Transferts and Madeeli, and is supported by AFNOR, with the financial support of the European Union, the French Government and local authorities.


Source: HydroGaïa