Singapore International Water Week Online concludes successfully

The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) concluded SIWW Online, its first-ever virtual edition, with strong participation from 3,000 participants worldwide, spanning 90 countries/ regions.

The two-day event, held from 18 to 19 November 2020, featured 10 webinars with over 70 renowned international and local speakers, including an Exhibitor Showcase which unveiled cutting-edge products and solutions launched in Asia Pacific for the first time, as well as a Virtual Expo showcasing the latest water technologies and products.

Digital innovation and climate change take centre-stage at SIWW Online 2020
Digital transformation, innovation, and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies were key themes for the webinar series1, featuring participation from some of the leading water experts and industry leaders who shared insightful perspectives on topics from water and climate resilience, water financing, digital innovation to future trends in water treatment. Notable speakers included Albert Cho, VP and Chief Strategy and Digital Officer, Xylem, Jennifer Sara, Global Director for Water Global Practice, World Bank, Ng Joo Hee, Chief Executive of PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, Paul Bulcke, Chairman of Nestlé, and Taqsem A. Khan, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority.

Book launch on PUB’s digital transformation journey
The event also witnessed the launch of the first book under the Digital Water Book Series by International Water Association Publishing (IWA Publishing) – “Digitalising Water: Sharing Singapore’s Experience” – that features PUB’s digital transformation journey to become a smart utility. The Digital Water Book series aims to provide an overview of the digital trends driving utility transformation, as well as the impact of digitalisation on the water sector. PUB is the first utility to be featured for its continuous efforts to digitalise Singapore’s entire water system to improve operational efficiency and meet the nation’s future needs.

Prof Vladan Babovic, Editor-in-Chief for the Digital Water Book Series by IWA Publishing, and Professor at the National University of Singapore said, “Over the past decade, Singapore’s National Water Agency PUB demonstrated remarkable thought leadership, substantiated by tangible incorporation of various digital initiatives in its daily operations. It is most fitting that their endeavours are featured in the first of the International Water Association Publishing’s Digital Water Book Series. As digital transformation continues to reshape business domains, organisations will be under pressure to adapt to change to take full advantage of the opportunities ahead. By featuring efforts from various utilities around the world and effective digital strategies for water management, we hope this book series will provide a strategic direction for utilities to turn digital threats into opportunities and leverage digital technologies to enhance performance.”

To support business exchange and collaboration, SIWW Online presented a specially curated Exhibitor Showcase and Virtual Expo to facilitate matchmaking and networking, where close to 100 international exhibitors from 16 countries/ regions took up virtual booths for their product offerings. Several companies seized the opportunity to launch their latest products and solutions for the first time in Asia Pacific, with innovations designed to improve urban planning analysis, seawater treatment and operational efficiency of cooling systems. Interesting technologies unveiled include:

  1. Draeger’s Polytron 6100 Toxic Wireless Gas Detector, a wireless transmitter for the continuous monitoring of toxic gases and oxygen to enhance workplace safety. The device features a completely wireless signal transmission and power supply, making it a cost-efficient solution for plant expansions, upgrades and new installations, without the need for cabling and installation.
  2. Nalco Water’s Non-Phosphorous Cooling Water Treatment Program, a new scale and corrosion control program that improves the operational efficiency of cooling systems while reducing operational costs. Existing non-phosphorus programs for cooling water treatment often result in mild steel corrosion, with a limited operational window and high treatment cost. The novel program allows cooling systems to operate in higher cycles without compromising performance, resulting in water and energy savings and longer asset life.
  3. SUEZ’s Sewerball, a robust drift float with miniaturised quality sensors onboard to detect inflows and infiltrations in the sewer networks. The easy-to-deploy device is able to pinpoint the origin of problems over large distances, thus reducing the need for more costly or hazardous operations such as CCTVs or manned entry inspections.
  4. Viscoy’s FLYABILITY ELIOS 2 is the world’s first collision-resilience drone, designed for GPS-denied environments, such as mines or inside industrial boilers. To counter the navigation challenges and risk of collision without positioning data, the drone uses vision stability sensors to stabilise itself, while its powerful lighting and 4K resolution camera is able to capture footages in the darkest environments.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions, Singapore International Water Week remains a leading global water platform that is constantly innovating and thinking ahead to bring greater value to our stakeholders. With the strong continued support from all our partners, sponsors and exhibitors, we leveraged on digital capabilities and introduced the inaugural SIWW Online in recognition of the need to press ahead with knowledge exchange, peer-to-peer learning and business interaction on significant water issues during this challenging time. We are therefore delighted and thankful for the strong show of support with 3,000 participants from 90 countries/ regions joining us over the two days. We look forward to seeing everyone in Singapore at Singapore International Water Week 2021 next June,” said Mr Ryan Yuen, Managing Director, SIWW.

“The SIWW Online came at an opportune time to connect the international water community when the pace of digitalisation across all sectors has been accelerated by COVID-19. We are glad to participate in this two-day event, packed with thoughtfully curated webinars on the pertinent topics in the water industry and the latest innovations. We benefitted from the depth of discussions and were glad for the virtual networking opportunities to expand our reach and generate new business opportunities,” said Kwak Soon Chul, Managing Director, Toray Asia Pte Ltd.

The next edition, Singapore International Water Week 2021, will be held from 20 to 24 June 2021.