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Thematic Webinars (TW)

22 June 2021 (Tuesday)

TW.1 Water Resilient Cities – Lessons from Recent Extreme Events

TW.1 Water Resilient Cities – Lessons from Recent Extreme Events
22 June 2021 (Tuesday), 4.00pm-5.30pm SGT (GMT+8)

Co-organiser: Water Convention Programme Committee

The threats posed to water security and the liveability of our cities have been on the rise. Climate change has led to an increasing frequency of extreme weather events across the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has shifted preconceived notions of normalcy in almost every facet of life. Moreover, the challenge of overcoming these threats is compounded by longstanding legacy issues in urban planning. In this webinar, experts across the globe will share their experiences, solutions and shortfalls in the responses to recent extreme events. The lessons learnt, solutions and broad principles of practice for building resilience in our cities and people.

23 June 2021 (Wednesday)

TW.6 Utilities of the Future – Is Smarter Water Better Water? (Session 1)

TW.6 Utilities of the Future – Is Smarter Water Better Water? (Session 1)
23 June 2021 (Wednesday), 8.00pm-9.30pm SGT (GMT+8)

Co-organiser: Water Convention Programme Committee

Digitalisation offers opportunities for utilities to redefine existing business processes. It allows for the optimisation of internal processes, improved service and value for customers and better environmental outcomes at a lower cost. However, there remains significant risks and impediments to its widescale adoption which include cybersecurity, keeping up with new developments, and optimising deployment. This two-part webinar aims to assess what problems are best addressed through digitilisation and where they may not have a place.

This session will cover the lessons learnt from early adopters of “smart water” and take stock of the past decade of “smart water” innovation.

24 June 2021 (Thursday)

TW.8 Utilities of the Future – Is Smarter Water Better Water? (Session 2)

TW.8 Utilities of the Future – Is Smarter Water Better Water? (Session 2)
24 June 2021 (Thursday), 8.00pm-9.30pm SGT (GMT+8)

Co-organiser: Water Convention Programme Committee

Digitalisation offers opportunities for utilities to redefine existing business processes. It allows for the optimisation of internal processes, improved service and value for customers and better environmental outcomes at a lower cost. However, there remains significant risks and impediments to its widescale adoption which include cybersecurity, keeping up with new developments, and optimising deployment. This two-part webinar aims to assess what problems are best addressed through digitilisation and where they may not have a place.

Following yesterday’s webinar, this session will discuss the unanswered questions and unsolved problems with “smart water” implementation in utilities and provide an outlook for the future.

28 June 2021 (Monday)

TW.10 Dealing with the Deep Uncertainty of Sea Level Rise

TW.10 Dealing with the Deep Uncertainty of Sea Level Rise
28 June 2021 (Monday), 7.00pm – 8.30pm SGT (GMT +8)

Co-Organiser: Coastal Protection Department,  PUB logo.png


TW.11 Resource Recovery – From Policy to Practice (Session 1)

TW.11 Resource Recovery – From Policy to Practice (Session 1)
28 June 2021 (Monday), 9.00pm-10.30pm SGT (GMT+8)

Co-organiser: Water Convention Programme Committee

Conventional waste streams, such as sewage sludge, water treatment sludge and brine streams, contain valuable resources like nutrients, heavy metals and inorganic minerals that can be extracted for reuse. With a growing demand for our limited supply of natural resources, resource recovery is necessary to close the gaps in the water, carbon and energy cycles to ensure environmental sustainability.

This session, the first of two, will discuss the broader principles, challenges and economics of resource recovery and explore its application through the Tuas Nexus Integrated Waste and Water Treatment Facility case study.

29 June 2021 (Tuesday)

TW.12 Climate Change, Water Quality and Health

TW.12 Climate Change, Water Quality and Health
29 June 2021 (Tuesday), 7.00pm-8.30pm SGT (GMT+8)

Co-organiser: Water Convention Programme Committee

Climate change poses an array of uncertainties that threaten water quality which, if not addressed, could ultimately lead to a deterioration of public health. This webinar discusses these uncertainties and explores adaptation strategies such as the diversification and conservation of water supplies, resilient infrastructure and public health preparedness.

TW.13 Resource Recovery – from Policy to Practice (Session 2)

TW.13 Resource Recovery – from Policy to Practice (Session 2)
29 June 2021 (Tuesday), 9.00pm-10.30pm SGT (GMT+8)

Co-organiser: Water Convention Programme Committee

Conventional waste streams, such as sewage sludge, water treatment sludge and brine streams, contain valuable resources like nutrients, heavy metals and inorganic minerals that can be extracted for reuse. With a growing demand for our limited supply of natural resources, resource recovery is necessary to close the gaps in the water, carbon and energy cycles to ensure environmental sustainability.

This session will look more closely at advances in various resource recovery technologies and the applications of the recovered resources.

30 June 2021 (Wednesday)

TW.15 Water Industry Transformation to Achieve SDG2030 – Overcoming Bottlenecks

TW.15 Water Industry Transformation to Achieve SDG2030 – Overcoming Bottlenecks
30 June 2021 (Wednesday), 4.00pm-5.30pm SGT (GMT+8)

Co-organiser: Water Convention Programme Committee

With 2030 closely approaching, the concern for the global community to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is rising. The reality is clear – if governments and industry continue business-as-usual, achieving SDG2030 is unattainable. This workshop will discuss how SDG 6, Water and Sanitation, interlinks with the other goals and identify the barriers, bottlenecks and low-hanging fruit in policy, technology and implementation. The main outcome of the workshop is to develop a list of possible actions for water utilities to lead the water industry transformation to overcome the bottlenecks in achieving SDG2030.

TW.16 Reinventing Membranes – Present to Future

TW.16 Reinventing Membranes – Present to Future
30 June 2021 (Wednesday), 8.00pm-9.45pm SGT (GMT+8)

Co-organiser: Water Convention Programme Committee

This webinar will provide an overview of present membrane technologies, their evolution and the new challenges they aim to address today. Experts from across the globe will discuss the latest in polymeric membranes, ceramic membranes, biomimetic membranes and what the future has in store.