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New paradigm for water infrastructure

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest approaches being used to build sustainable and resilient cities, convert waste into resources and make clean water systems work harder and smarter for municipalities.

When business-as-usual is no longer good enough, new rules and ways of problem solving must come into play to tackle existing and future challenges. These challenges include population growth, erratic rainfall patterns and the impacts of climate change. For most of India’s cities, the need to develop sustainable and resilient water portfolios that address the spatial and temporal variability of available water resources is paramount. 

This urgent need becomes clearer when we consider that India is projected to be the world's most populous country by 2022. Today, the competition for limited water sources, coupled with the perils of not having a reliable water supply in the future, are compelling city water planners to promote a cyclical or “one water” approach towards water utilisation. This is a shift from a linear approach, where the water coming out of the wastewater system does not have to be utilised by the city. 

Recent case studies from the water industry have shown how integrated water resources management approaches that adopt systems thinking and people strategies, as well as policy instruments that can be applied to current and future scenarios, will yield sustainable results. 

Case in point is Singapore’s Public Utilities Board which has successfully expanded the country’s water supply, used water management and drainage against the challenges of urbanisation and climate change. With water viewed as a necessary resource, an economic asset and an environmental treasure, PUB has embraced a model of continual investment in research and development on water technology to seek more cost-effective ways of treating, recycling and supplying water.

Mr. Singh is participating in a session on “Industry, Urban and Rural Water Requirements” on 12th May, 2017at the Smart Village Conclave in New Delhi, India. He will discuss the “New Paradigm for Water Infrastructure: Integrated Water Resources Management, Recycle and Reuse, Delivery Options and Smart Solutions.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest approaches being used to build sustainable and resilient cities, convert waste into resources and make clean water systems work harder and smarter for municipalities.

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