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Expect ideas to flow when Singapore International Water Week returns next month

Focus will be on real-world solutions when Water Week starts next month

Published on May 17, 2014 10:14 AM
 
PUB chief executive Chew Men Leong. -- ST FILE PHOTO

Whether it is delivering clean water in poor countries or creating more efficient filtration systems, the next generation of water industry leaders and entrepreneurs here hope to take their technology to the next level when the Singapore International Water Week returns next month.

Seventeen teams, made up of Singaporeans and foreigners, have been going through a new nine-week programme to help them commercialise their ideas and form their own companies.

And some of them will get to pitch their ideas to an audience of global companies and financiers during the five-day Water Week's new Hydro Pitch Day.

Having access to enough clean water is one of the most pressing problems globally. In the face of increasing urbanisation, climate change and shrinking resources, new solutions to slake the world's thirst are critical.

 
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INNOVATIONS THAT BENEFIT

We have always placed great value in sustainable solutions... to enhance our water security, despite our physical constraints. That is one of the reasons for (Water Week) to focus on innovative and sustainable water solutions with real-world applications and benefits.

– PUB chief executive Chew Men Leong.


Discussions on urban living

THREE international events will be held in Singapore's Marina Bay Sands in the first week of next month.

Singapore International Water Week

When: June 1 to 5 It includes:

  • Young Water Leaders Summit, which brings together young people from around the world to discuss water issues.
  • The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize award ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. This year's prize was given to the Orange County Water District in the United States, whose work inspired Singapore's Newater.


World Cities Summit

When: June 1 to 4

It includes:

  • The World Cities Summit Mayors Forum, for city mayors and leaders around the world to discuss urban issues and share best practices.
  • Panel discussions on topics such as how to protect cities against the effects of climate change and natural disasters.


CleanEnviro Summit Singapore

When: June 1 to 4

It includes:

  • The Clean Environment Convention, with sessions on issues such as waste management and how to get more people to recycle.
  • The Clean Environment Leaders Plenary, where ministers and representatives from firms and non-government groups will discuss how Asian cities can grow while keeping the environment clean.

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