Singapore-based water technology company ZWEEC Analytics has sealed a partnership with the Yangtze River Monitoring and Scientific Research Centre to jointly develop and market its water ecological environmental monitoring platform in China.
Tapping on ZWEEC’s advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive modelling capabilities, the project would develop and deploy water technology solutions in China worth around some RMB70 million (US$10.9 million) over the next three years to enable the automatic monitoring and early intervention of water ecological environments.
This move comes as ZWEEC is building the next evolution in water technology to enable the sustainable management of water resources management in the region.
Qiu Guangsheng, director of the Yangtze River Authority, said: “We have worked with ZWEEC for many years and are happy to enter into a partnership with ZWEEC to advance the deployment of the ecological environment of the Yangtze River Basin, that will contribute towards bilateral trade and investment between Singapore and China.”
The Yangtze River is one of China’s most vital domestic waterways that accounts for around 40% of the country’s freshwater resources. The Yangtze River basin covers 19 provinces in China’s eastern, western and central regions, providing a source of water for almost 600 million people and as a region, accounting for 45% of China’s GDP. It is also home to a third of China’s endangered species and 40% of its rare or endangered plants.
Since the pilot project of ZWEEC’s first Fish Activity Monitoring System (FAMS) in China’s Yangtze Basin Water Environment Monitoring Centre began under the cooperation between PUB, Singapore’s national water agency and China’s Ministry of Water Resources in 2013, ZWEEC has deployed, installed and commissioned its flagship technologies—Aquapro and Algapro—for China’s south-to-north water diversion project in the Yangtze River Basin to safeguard the water quality and safety of China’s domestic drinking water sources.
Liu Haobing, CEO of ZWEEC China, concluded: “We are delighted to be able to bring our partnership with Yangtze River Authority to a new level, as we actively support China’s Belt and Road initiative and play an active role in China’s water environmental safety, ecological protection and sustainable urban water management.”