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Water Convention 2024 Call for Papers

The Water Convention is a platform for gathering professionals and technology providers from around the world to share their knowledge, practical experiences, and novel technologies to address the current and emerging water challenges. Comprising an opening plenary with 4 keynote presentations, a special keynote, 6 hot issues workshops, 44 oral technical sessions and a poster session with 250 posters, the Water Convention will cover these six themes across the urban water cycle:

The Water Convention technical programme focuses on spurring knowledge sharing, fruitful discussions and engaging debates among water leaders and practitioners through high quality presentations on technological innovations, management strategies and best practices.

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Final Programme

Click here for SIWW2024 Water Convention Final Programme.

Important Dates

Deadline for Author Registration*

19 April 2024

Submission Deadline for Photo & Biography*

19 April 2024

Update of Executive Summary

01 May 2024

Final Programme

24 May 2024

Submission Deadline for Poster Softcopies (Poster Presenters)*

31 May 2024

Submission Deadline for Presentation Slides (Oral Presenters)*

03 June 2024

Update of Full Abstract

03 June 2024

SIWW2024 Water Convention

18 to 21 June 2024


Contact Information

For any enquiries, please email the Water Convention Secretariat at waterconvention@siww.com.sg.


(as of 30 May 2024)

18 June Workshop 1: SIWW-SWAN APAC Workshop: New Ripples in Digital Water Transformation
Workshop 2: GHG Emissions about Water Sector Workshop 3: Towards Carbon Circularity in Domestic and Industrial Wastewater Treatment
Workshop 4: Climate Adaptation and Water Resilience in Cities Workshop 5: Building Water Resilience and Security through Alternative Sources
Workshop 6: PFAS – Towards Consistent and Evidence-Based Management of a Complex Persistent Pollutant
19 June Water Convention Opening Plenary Poster Session
20 June 1.1 Planning your Water Supply Network 1.2 Asset Management of Water Distribution Systems Special Keynote 1.3 Next Generation of Water Network Operation 1.4 Developing a Business Case for Water Loss Reduction
2.1 Advanced Water Treatment Process 2.2 Advances in Membrane Technology 2.3 Innovations in Low Energy Desalination 2.4 Brine Concentration and Mining
3.1 Advanced Nitrogen Removal 3.2 MABR 3.3 Tertiary Treatment for Reuse 3.4 Anaerobic Digestion Enhancement
3.8 Pipes Underground 3.9 Water Quality Monitoring (Conveyance) 3.10 Emerging Contaminants 4.2 Reforming Governance for Climate Resilience
4.1 Planning Climate-Resilient Cities 4.6 Building Resilience for Small Island Developing States
5.1 Global Climate Change, Water Quality & One Health 5.2 Water Quality related to Agriculture and Food Safety 5.3 Wastewater-based Epidemiological Surveillance Part 1 5.4 Wastewater-based Epidemiological Surveillance Part 2
6.1 Resource Circulation and Valorization 6.2 Cross-Sectoral Collaboration in the Circular Water Economy 6.3 System of Systems for a Circular Economy 6.4 Policy & Planning
21 June 1.5 The Water Utility Smart Metering Journey 1.6 The Good, Bad and Ugly of Smart Water Closing Plenary
2.5 Innovation in Water Reuse 2.6 AI for Water Treatment 2.7 Emerging Water Technologies
3.5 Digital Twin for Used Water Systems 3.6 Industrial Wastewater Treatment – Singapore Stories 3.7 Monitoring and Management of Process Emissions (Part 2)
4.3A Automation and AI for Urban Water Management 4.3B High Resolution Modelling And Forecasting in Singapore 4.5 Coastal Resilience through Hybrid Infrastructure: Singapore Experience
4.4 Coastal Resilience through Hybrid Infrastructure: Global Experience
5.5 Emerging Approaches for Water Quality Monitoring and Management 5.6 Communication between Sectors and to Affected Communities 5.7 Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
6.5 Monitoring and Management of Process Emissions (Part 1) 6.6 Carbon Accounting 6.7 Water and Hydrogen Economy

Hot Issues Workshop 1: SIWW SWAN APAC Workshop: New Ripples in Digital Water Transformation (18 June 2024)

9:30am - 4:00pm
Digital transformation is the integration of technology into all areas of a business, fundamentally changing how organisations operate and deliver value to customers. It’s also a cultural change, which requires organisations to continually challenge the status quo, experiment, and get comfortable with failure. The 3rd SWAN APAC Workshop will bring together water utilities, industry leaders, innovators, and experts from across Asia-Pacific to delve into the value of digital transformation for water utilities. We will cover cutting-edge topics such as generative AI, cybersecurity, digital decarbonisation, and more. Attendees will also be able to participate in interactive roundtable sessions, learn from a shark tank session, and gain important insights and networking opportunities with a global network of water professionals. This workshop is co-organised with SWAN Asia-Pacific Alliance. Picture1.png Turing.png

9:30am – 9:40am
Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Amir Cahn, CEO, SWAN Forum
9:40am – 10:00am
Utility 2.0 – Human-Centric, Digital and Innovation Driven
Harry Seah, Deputy Chief Executive (Operations), PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
10:00am – 11:00am
Waterside Chat: Capturing the Value of Digital Transformation
Moderator: Jenny Francis, Executive Manager Digital, Hunter Water & SWAN APAC Chair
  • Mirla M. De Leon, General Manager, Maynilad Water Services
  • George Theo, CEO, TasWater
  • Chris Toop, Director of Digital & CIO, Scottish Water
  • Thomas Perianu, International Business Development Director, SUEZ Digital Solutions
11:00am – 11:30am
Tea Break & Networking Session
11:30am – 11:40am
SWAN Update
  • Mark Nicol, Sales Lead APAC, Mobilitex
  • Gayathri Bharadwaj, Asia-Pacific Manager, SWAN Forum
11:40am – 12:40pm
Panel: Understanding the Utility Implications of Generative AI
Moderator: Victoria Edwards, Co-Founder & CEO, FIDO Tech
  • Elizer Nacpil, Head/VP of Digital Transformation, Balibago
  • Ari Bimo Sakti, Senior Manager of Commercial & Customer Relations, PDAM Surya Sembada Surabaya
  • Dr. Peter Prevos, Manager Data Science, Coliban Water
  • Robert Bornhofen, Director of Innovation, DC Water
12:40pm – 1:00pm
Keynote: Reflecting on a Decade of Digital Transformation in the Water Industry
Martine Watson, Chief Digital & Information Officer, Urban Utilities
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Lunch Break & Networking Session
2:00pm – 3:15pm
Interactive Roundtable Session
  • Emma Milburn, General Manager Research, Innovation and Commercialisation, South East Water
  • Geoff Childs, General Manager - Asia, Gentrack
  • Yasuhiro Matsui, Deputy General Manager – Water Business Development Department, Energy Business Development Center, Yokogawa
  • Thomas Debruyne, APAC Future of Water – Technology Integration Lead, GHD
  • Gerhard Loots, CEO, Kalipr
  • Deepak Pitta, CEO, SpaceAge Labs
  • Arun Mahadevan, Assistant Director, InfoTech and Digital Transformation Department, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
3:15pm – 3:30pm
Roundtable Rapid Fire Recap
3:30pm – 4:00pm
Tea Break & Networking Session
4:00pm – 5:00pm
SWAN Shark Tank (to be held at the TechXchange)
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Drinks Reception Sponsored by Turing

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Hot Issues Workshop 2: GHG Production and Emissions In Wastewater Systems (18 June 2024)

9:00am - 12:40pm

Monitoring and mitigation of direct process emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4) from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are critical as they play a significant role in achieving net zero emissions target for the water sector. Within the water sector, there has been progressive decarbonisation of grid electricity and ongoing work on biogas carbon capture, storage, and utilisation. That leaves process emissions from the actual wastewater process itself the toughest challenge, with no convenient solutions in sight. Between CH4 and N2O, the dynamics surrounding N2O formation, monitoring, and mitigation are the least well understood and yet its global warming potential is 300 times higher than that of CO2. Unlike CO2, there are no obvious sinks for N2O.

This Hot Issues Workshop is set up to allow utilities, government regulators, consultants, academia, and technology solution providers to discuss, converge, and attempts to reach a consensus on the best practice to monitor and mitigate N2O emissions. Given that wastewater treatment processes and technologies vary vastly from plant to plant, streamlining sampling strategies, data collection methodologies and data analysis are various challenges that the workshop aims to discuss about. The opening presentation will give an overview of GHG emissions in wastewater systems and to recap on the parts of the wastewater treatment processes where GHG emissions typically arise from. The first part of the workshop will discuss GHG emissions in sewer systems. The second part of the workshop will discuss GHG emissions in wastewater treatment plants. The third part of the workshop will discuss about the path to net zero and consensus building on the way forward in GHG emissions management.

9:00am – 9:05am
Joint Welcome and Introduction by the Moderators
  • Despo Fatta-Kassinos, Professor, University of Cyprus
  • Andrew Shaw, Global Practice & Technology Leader, Black & Veatch
  • Tom Freyberg, Founder, Atlantean Media & Aquatech
9:05am – 9:25am
Opening Presentation
Dragan Savic, Chief Executive Officer, KWR Water Research Institute
Segment on GHG Emissions in Wastewater Plants
9:25am – 9:30am
Introduction to GHG Emissions in Wastewater Plants
Moderator: Andrew Shaw, Global Practice & Technology Leader, Black & Veatch
9:30am – 9:45am
Presentation: Mechanism of Process Emissions
Kartik Chandran, Professor, Columbia University
9:45am – 10:00am
Presentation: Measuring techniques that work well for gas and liquid phase N2O emissions
Liu Ye, Professor, University of Queensland
10:00am – 10:15am
Presentation: Dealing with data variance and modelling techniques
Wim Audenaert, Co-founder and CEO, AM-TEAM
10:15am – 11:00am
Panel Discussion: GHG emissions in Wastewater Plants
Moderator: Andrew Shaw, Global Practice & Technology Leader, Black & Veatch
  • Kartik Chandran, Professor, Columbia University
  • Liu Ye, Professor, University of Queensland
  • Wim Audenaert, Co-founder and CEO, AM-TEAM
  • Per Henrik Nielsen, Project Director of Special Projects, VCS Denmark
  • Stephanie Klaus, Treatment Process Engineer, Hampton Road Sanitation District
  • Mark van Loosdrecht, Delft University of Technology
11:00am – 11:30am
Tea Break & Networking Session
Segment on Path to Net Zero
11:30am – 11:35am
Introduction to Path to Net Zero
Tom Freyberg, Founder, Atlantean Media & Aquatech
11:35am – 11:50am
Presentation: Net Zero for Water
Emma Shen, Global Principal for Wastewater Energy Optimization & Sector Decarbonization, Jacobs
11:35am – 12:30pm
Panel Discussion: Path to Net Zero
Moderator: Tom Freyberg, Founder, Atlantean Media & Aquatech
  • Emma Shen, Global Principal for Wastewater Energy Optimization & Sector Decarbonization, Jacobs
  • Peter Grevatt, CEO of Water Research Foundation and Chair of the GWRC
  • Narendran Maniam, CEO, Indah Water
  • Bob Stear, Chief Engineer, Severn Trent
  • Paul Zuber, Technical Director – Treatment, Mott MacDonald
12.30pm – 12.40pm
Summary and Closing Remarks

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Hot Issues Workshop 3: Towards Carbon Circularity In Domestic And Industrial Wastewater Treatment (18 June 2024)

2:00pm – 5:45pm

Management of carbon cycle is essential for sustainable used water treatment, from breakdown of organic matters by microorganisms to the capture and utilisation of carbon for energy production and resource recovery. Conventionally, carbon is recovered in the form of biogas from sewage sludge, and advance biosolid treatment technologies are available to improve the biogas yield and the value of energy extracted. Carbon can also be fixed through pyrolytic conversion of sludge to biochar for further reuse. As more emphasis is placed on circularity, other high value products such as PHA and cellulose are now being considered as alternative biomaterials for recovery.

The first half of the workshop discusses the latest technologies for anaerobic digestion like thermal hydrolysis pre-treatment and biogas upgrading technologies, as well as the comparisons at various aspects of anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge with incineration. The second half of the workshop discusses carbon recovery from sewage sludge, including examples such as biochar, cellulose and PHA. The last part will feature a panel discussion to discuss the best way forward for carbon management in wastewater treatment plants.

2:00pm – 2:10pm
Welcome and Introduction by Moderator
Moderator: Dave Parry, Innovative Aerospace Division Director, Jacobs
2:10pm – 2:30pm
An Overview of Carbon Management in Wastewater Treatment
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Presentation Segment: Biogas and Biosolids
2:30pm – 2:50pm
State of the Art of Biosolids and Anaerobic Digestion
Bill Barber, Technical Director, Cambi
2:50pm – 3:10pm
Upgrading and Processing of Biogas
3:10pm – 3:30pm
Incineration and Anaerobic Digestion
Robert Ferrante, Chief Engineer and General Manager, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
3:30pm – 4:00pm
Tea Break & Networking Session
Presentation Segment: Recovery of Alternate Biomaterials
4:00pm – 4:15pm
  1. Biochar from Pyrolysis
Prof Yong Sik Ok, Professor, Korea University
4:15pm – 4:30pm
  1. Carbon Compounds Recovery from Used Water
Prof Mark van Loosdrecht, Chair Professor, Delft University of Technology
4:30pm – 4:45pm
  1. Cellulose Recovery
Hao Xiaodi, Professor, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture
4:45pm – 5:00pm
  1. Resource Recovery from Wastewater
Wilbert Menkveld, Chief Technological Officer, Nijhuis Saur Industries
5:00pm – 5:15pm
5:15pm – 5:45pm
Panel: Carbon Circularity for Wastewater Treatment
Moderator: Dave Parry, Innovative Aerospace Division Director, Jacobs
Rob Thompson, General Manager, Orange County Sanitation District (OCSAN)
  • Robert Bornhofen, Director – Innovation, DC Water
  • Prof Mark van Loosdrecht, Delft University of Technology
  • Prof Yong Sik Ok, Professor, Korea University

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Hot Issues Workshop 4: Climate Adaption and Water Resilience In Cities (18 June 2024)

9:30am – 1:00pm

Urban water resilience is defined by the capacity of the urban water system - including the human, social, political, economic, physical and natural assets - to anticipate, absorb, adapt, respond to, and learn from shocks and stresses, in order to protect public health and wellbeing, the natural environment and minimise economic disruption. The shocks (short-duration eg stormwater floods) and stresses (incremental eg sea level rise) take many forms and they fundamentally challenge the water security of communities in terms of sustainable access to adequate quantities of and acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development, for ensuring protection against water-borne pollution and water-related disasters, and for preserving ecosystems in a climate of peace and political stability. Whilst the immediate priority for resilience is 'survival' (minimise damage to people and property), increasing resilience can provide an additional dividend – 'thrival'.

The workshop aims to provide context to forums and water convention sessions over the next three days and will canvass the range of climate adaptation and water resilience challenges experienced in cities and towns, and the corresponding strategies. In the first part of this workshop, presentations on climate adaptive planning provide a broad overview of climate adaptation and water resilience strategies for cities, and recent Singapore experience in adaptative planning for coastal protection and flood management, an important component of the broader urban water resilience framework. In the second part of this workshop, audience members are invited to discuss the range of integrated initiatives and co-benefits from a holistic approach to urban water resilience strengthening. The anticipated output from the workshop is a communique on urban water resilience which will be tabled at the subsequent Cities Roundtable on Coastal Resilience and Flood Management of the water convention.

9:30am – 9:40am
Welcome and Introduction
Pritha Hariram, Head of Department, Ramboll
9:40am – 10:00am
Broader Climate Adaptive Planning for Cities
Prof. Tony Wong, Founder, Tony Wong Consulting, Australia
10:00am – 10:20am
Adaptive Planning Approach in Singapore
Sarah Hiong, Deputy Director, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
10:20am – 11:00am
Plenary Discussion
Facilitator: Mark Fletcher, Director, Arup
  • Pritha Hariram, Head of Department, Ramboll
  • Prof. Tony Wong, Founder, Tony Wong Consulting, Australia
  • Sarah Hiong, Deputy Director, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
  • Piet Dircke, Global Director Climate Adaptation, Arcadis
11:00am – 11:30am
Tea Break & Networking Session
11:30am – 12:20pm
Breakout Discussion on Climate Adaptation & Water Resilience in Cities
  • Prof. Tony Wong, Founder, Tony Wong Consulting, Australia
  • Mark Fletcher, Director, Arup
  • Piet Dircke, Global Director Climate Adaptation, Arcadis
  • Hazel Khoo, Director, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
  • Pritha Hariram, Head of Department, Ramboll
12:20pm – 12:30pm
Mentimeter Interaction
Facilitator: Hazel Khoo, Director, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
12:30pm – 12:50pm
Communique Development
12:50pm – 1:00pm
Summary and Closing Remarks
Piet Dircke, Global Director Climate Adaptation, Arcadis


Piet Dircke
Piet Dircke
Global Director Climate Adaptation,
The Netherlands
Sarah Hiong
Sarah Hiong
Deputy Director,
PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency,
Prof. Tony Wong
Prof. Tony Wong
Tony Wong Consulting,


Mark Fletcher
Mark Fletcher
Hazel Khoo
Hazel Khoo
PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency,
Pritha Hariram
Pritha Hariram
Head of Department,

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Hot Issues Workshop 5: Building Water Resilience and Security Through Alternative Sources (18 June 2024)

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Water scarcity is not unique in large parts of the world, and utilities for many decades have adapted successfully with having minimal water resources. in recent years there has been a paradigm shift with climate change and increasing population. Wetter areas where there has never been a water scarcity problem for nearly a century are faced with changing to alternative sources. for many of the utilities they have no experience in how to treat these sources and how to integrate these sources into their existing system. There are globally many successful examples of how utilities and experts have found creative solutions to deal with water scarcity and this workshop will focus on these valuable lessons.

2:00pm – 2:10pm
Introduction to the Workshop and Global Water Scarcity
Jonathan Clement, CTO Advanced Water Treatment (Ramboll)
2:10pm – 3:10pm
  1. The Quest for Alternative Sources – Vitens Living Lab Phase 1
Rene Hoeijmakers, Global Division Director, Ramboll, The Netherlands
  1. Improving the Water Supply Resilience of Metro Manila
Adrian Marsden, Arup, Philippines
  1. Integrated Long-term Plan for Addressing Water Scarcity
Chris Rockey, Head of Water Quality, South West Water
  1. Using Reused Water to Address the Water Scarcity in Southern California
Adel Hagekhalil, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  1. Four National Taps
Bernard Koh, Assistant Chief Executive, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
3:10pm – 3:30pm
Interaction with Panel Speakers
3:30pm – 4:00pm
Tea Break & Networking Session
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jonathan Clement, CTO Advanced Water Treatment, Ramboll
  • Bernard Koh, Assistant Chief Executive, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
  • Chris Rockey, Head of Water Quality, South West Water
  • Adel Hagekhalil, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Doeke Schippers, Director of Water Production and Distribution, Vitens
  • Roger WONG Yan-lok, Director of Water Supplies, Water Supplies Department

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Hot Issues Workshop 6: PFAS: Towards Consistent and Evidence-Based Management of a Complex Persistent Pollutant

2:00pm – 5:30pm

Recently, PFAS pollution in drinking water sources and regulation of PFAS concentrations in drinking water has been receiving significant interest, in light of stricter regulations that are being issued globally. Regulators need agreed scientific evidence of public health impacts of pollutants and contaminants in drinking water to set realistic standards that countries can afford to meet. There is a lot of controversy and polarization around the issue of PFAS pollution in water sources and drinking water, and arguments are not always solidly supported by evidence – as a result there is a reluctance to set standards at any level, as some stakeholders want to go for a zero tolerance position, others want to wait for further, compelling evidence before dealing with a pollution problem that is rapidly growing.

Some countries have gone ahead with proposals for standards. For example, Health Canada proposes a maximum of 30ng/L, for the sum of total PFAS detected in drinking water. In April USEPA announced the final National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for six PFAS. In the Netherlands, the National Institute for Public Health and Environment recommends standards for a "cocktail" of PFAS with a maximum allowable concentration of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA), an ultra-short PFAS, at 2.2 micrograms/L of drinking water since March 2023. Part of the Dutch toxicology community feels that standards should be set for individual PFAS, as required by their specific toxicity, and not in a “cocktail” approach.

Several PFAS have been included in Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), a legally binding instrument for the reduction and elimination of POPs. The European Chemicals Agency (Helsinki, Finland) has discussed PFAS in various Committee meetings early 2024, where risks associated with PFAS, a proposal to restrict PFAS, as well as the potential impact of such a proposal on ski waxes, cosmetics and other consumer mixtures were discussed. Fact is that PFAS compounds may be found in a wide variety of products and in residues of production processes – kitchen utensils, water-repellent textiles, firefighting foams, as well as in equipment and materials used by the drinking water industry itself.

Given the huge interest in this topic, the intent of this workshop is therefore to present a balanced update on PFAS and drinking water and discuss options for evidence-based regulation of PFAS in drinking water, taking into consideration the holistic contribution of PFAS in food and the environment, and to call attention to potential impacts of restrictions and/or bans on PFAS on the water industry (infrastructure, materials, processes).

2:00pm – 2:10pm
Opening Remarks
Peter Grevatt, CEO, Water Research Foundation
2:10pm – 2:30pm
State of Toxicology and Epidemiology for PFAS: What We Know and What We Don’t Know
Zaki Zainudin, Associate Researcher, Center for Water Research and Analysis (ALIR), Universiti Kebangsaan (Malaysia)
2.30pm - 2.40pm
PFAS Restrictions under The Stockholm Convention
Robert Bos, Senior Advisor, IWA Geneva (Switzerland)
2:40pm – 2.55pm
Q&A Session
Moderator: Peter Grevatt, CEO, Water Research Foundation
2:45pm – 3:30pm
Thematic Presentations on PFAS
2.55pm - 3.05pm
  1. PFAS in the Environment
Nikki Lee, Engineer, National Environment Agency
3:05pm – 3:15pm
  1. PFAS in the Food Chain
Joanne Chan, Adjunct Associate Professor and Centre Director, Food Safety Division, National Centre for Food Science, Singapore Food Agency
3:15pm – 3:25pm
  1. Impact of PFAS Regulations on the Water Industry
Andrew Shaw, Wastewater Technology Expert, Black & Veatch
3:25pm – 3:30pm
General Q&A
3:30pm – 4:00pm
Tea Break & Networking Session
4:00pm – 4:25pm
Panel 1: Regulator’s Perspectives on Standards and Regulations for PFAS in Drinking Water
Moderator: David Cunliffe, Principal Water Quality Adviser, South Australia Health
  • Batsirai Majuru, Technical Officer, Coordinator RegNet, World Health Organisation
  • Mari Asami, Department of Environment Health, National Institute of Public Health
  • Jim Graham, Taumata Arowai
  • Zaki Zainudin, Associate Researcher, Center for Water Research and Analysis (ALIR), Universiti Kebangsaan (Malaysia)
4:25pm – 4:50pm
Panel 2: Concerns of the Water Industry Related to PFAS Restrictions and Regulations
Moderator: Fiona Waller, Head of Water Quality, Affinity Water
  • Pang Chee Meng, Director, Water Quality, PUB, Singapore’s Water Agency
  • Stephanie Klaus, Treatment Process Engineer, Hampton Roads Sanitation District
  • Andrew Shaw, Wastewater Technology Expert, Black & Veatch
  • Zdravka Do Quang, Group Innovation Programs Officer, SUEZ
4:50pm – 5:15pm
Panel 3: Research Needs to Enhance the Evidence Based for PFAS Impact on Health (Drinking Water and The Food Chain and Environment
Moderator: Regina Sommer, Head - Water Hygiene Unit, Medical University of Vienna
  • Jennifer DeFrance, Team Lead, Drinking Water Quality, WHO Geneva
  • Steven Musser, Deputy Center Director for Scientific Operations, Centre for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, USFDA
  • Joanne Chan, Adjunct Associate Professor and Centre Director, Food Safety Division, National Centre for Food Science, Singapore Food Agency
  • Marion Savill, Managing Director, Affordable Water
5:15pm – 5:25pm
Moderator: Dr Peter Grevatt, CEO, Water Research Foundation
5:25pm – 5:30pm
Closing Remarks
Peter Grevatt, CEO, Water Research Foundation
Robert Bos, Senior Advisor, IWA Geneva

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Opening Plenary (19 June 2024)

11:30am – 1:00pm

Join us at the Water Convention Opening Plenary on 19 June 2024, where global water leaders will gather to discuss urgent issues and challenges facing urban water practitioners, such as ensuring the sustainable production and supply of safe and clean drinking water, the effective and efficient collection and treatment of used water, resiliency and adaptability of urban cities to climate change, floods and sea-level rise, water quality and one health, and resource efficiency and circular economy for the water sector.

11:30am – 11:35am
Welcome Remarks by Bernard Koh
Bernard Koh, Assistant Chief Executive, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
11:35am – 11:40am
Welcome Remarks by Tom Mollenkopf
Tom Mollenkopf, President, International Water Association
11:40am – 12:00pm
Transformative Adaptation in Troubled Times: Securing Planetary, Ecosystem and Human Health
Prof. Juliet Willetts
Professor, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
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Prof. Juliet Willetts
In 2023, it was the warmest year on record since 1880. And climate change isn't the only planetary boundary exceeded. Biodiversity, land-system change, and nitrogen and phosphorus flows are also quantified boundaries already exceeded, with close linkages to the water sector. It is not surprising that as we move from COP28 to COP29, talk has shifted from incremental adaptation to transformative adaptation to climate change.
But what does this concept mean in the Asia and Pacific region, where disparities in access to safe water and sanitation services persist, compromising human and environmental health, in a region with the highest rate of water-related disasters and associated impacts on water and wastewater infrastructure and services, and a region also responsible for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions, including contributions from the water and wastewater sector?

According to IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report, transformative adaptation entails deep systemic change and reconfiguration of social and ecological systems. What this looks like in the context of the water sector in Asia and the Pacific is our collective responsibility to shape, rethinking approaches, charting practical steps and strengthening integrated action to secure planetary, ecosystem and human health.
12:00pm – 12:20pm
Making Connections for a Nature- and People-Positive World
Dr. Anusha Shah
President, Institution of Civil Engineers & Arcadis
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Dr. Anusha Shah
What kind of legacy will engineers and infrastructure professionals leave for future generations? In 2023, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) President Professor Anusha Shah put her lifelong passion for nature, social equity and sustainability at the forefront of her vision for the infrastructure industry. Humanity has taken from nature for many years. But we cannot continue to do so with impunity. Globally, we’re off-track to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Global warming is likely to surpass 1.5C in the next decade, despite decades of warnings. We are losing biodiversity at an unprecedented rate. The problem is getting worse and we’re running out of time. In her keynote, Professor Shah will highlight the interdependence of climate and nature, of ecosystems and human societies. She will call on the engineers and infrastructure professionals of today and tomorrow to focus not on building assets, but connections: leading a collaborative, transdisciplinary, ethics-based movement towards system wide interventions that provide humanity with multiple benefits on lowering carbon, building climate resilience, improving health and wellbeing, and restoring and rejuvenating nature. She will explore real blockers to tackling climate and nature crisis and provide recommendations on how to break down silos driving conventional and unconventional partnerships across the value chain (including the investor community) in making cities sustainable, resilient, and inclusive. The challenge ahead has never been greater. But neither has the opportunity.
12:20pm – 12:40pm
Why Equity is Key to Stopping Climate Change
Dr. Sunita Narain
Director General, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
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Dr. Sunita Narain
Climate change is an existential threat that confronts us. It is also clear that climate change is about sharing a common atmospheric space, which requires a cooperative framework. The development rights of countries of the South must be secured, even as they develop differently, so that they do not first pollute and then clean up. It is clear that affordability of growth will be critical for sustainability.
Without equity and climate justice, we cannot combat climate change. This is absolutely key. It becomes even more urgent as the world confronts the growing reality of a changing climate. We are seeing extreme weather events in our world. Climate change is resulting in more variable rain events, extreme rain as well as unseasonal rain. This in turn will impact the availability of water and lead to both floods and droughts. It is for this reason that we need to confront both the reality of climate change as one that demands cooperation and equity, but also one that will force us to look for new paradigms of management, including the reworking of our water and sanitation systems for a climate risked world.
12:40pm – 12:50pm
Youth Action: Claiming Future Water Security Today
Yang Villa
Co-Founder, International Water Association YWP Philippines
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Yang Villa
Youth under 30 represent about half of the world's population. In the water sector, a wave of Young Water Professionals (YWPs) aged 35 and below are starting to occupy positions of leadership and influence. Facing tremendous uncertainty about the future, today's youth are taking advantage of and contributing to an unprecedented wealth of information, technology and networks.
In this keynote, I will highlight three areas where youth action is essential to ensure future water security: (1) techno-social innovation, (2) systems transformation, and (3) just transition. I will conclude with a call to action by introducing the Youth Engagement Pyramid as guidance for water sector organizations to become agents of meaningful youth engagement.
12:50pm – 12:55pm
Announcement of 10th IWA ASPIRE Conference and Water New Zealand Conference & Exhibition
Marion Savill, Executive Director, Affordable Water
12:50pm – 1:00pm
Closing Remarks
Darryl Day, Director and Principal Consultant, Wongulla Waters and Co-Chair, Water Convention


Darryl Day
Darryl Day
Water Convention Co Chair and Director and Principal Consultant,
Wongulla Waters

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Special Keynote (20 June 2024)

2:00pm – 2:20pm

20 June 2024 (Thursday) | 2:00pm – 2:20pm | Room 9B
2:00pm – 2:02pm
Welcome Remarks by Moderator
Darryl Day, Director and Principal Consultant, Wongulla Waters
2:02pm – 2:15pm
Urban Drinking Water Safety from Source to Tap in China
Prof. Qu Jiuhui
Research Professor, Center for Eco-environmental Sciences,
Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Prof. Qu Jiuhui


Darryl Day
Darryl Day
Water Convention Co Chair and Director and Principal Consultant,
Wongulla Waters

Poster Session (19 June 2024)

4:00pm – 6:00pm

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Closing Plenary (21 June 2024)

3:30pm - 4:00pm

During the closing plenary, the Programme Committee will summarise the outcomes of the Water Convention and present the Best Poster awards to poster authors.

Technical Sessions (20 & 21 June 2024)

9:00am - 6:00pm

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Message from the Co-chairs of the SIWW2024 Water Convention Programme Committee

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    Bernard Koh

    • Assistant Chief Executive (Future Systems and Technology)
    • PUB, Singapore's
      National Water Agency
    • (Singapore)
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    Darryl Day

    • Director and Principal Consultant
    • Wongulla Waters
    • (Australia)
Singapore International Water Week 2024 returns next year from 18-22 June 2024 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. As one of the leading global water events in the world focused on urban water innovation and solutions, SIWW2024 will once again host global leaders, experts and practitioners from water utilities, agencies, governments, cities, industry and academia to share and co-create innovative solutions to solve the world’s urban water challenges.

As one of the key flagship events of SIWW, the Water Convention provides the platform for the sharing of innovations, advanced technologies, and best practices among researchers, practitioners, and technology providers in the water industry. In the 2022 edition, the Water Convention attracted more than 1,200 delegates from 52 countries and featured over 300 oral and poster presentations across 6 Hot Issues Workshops and 47 technical sessions.

Co-organised by PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, and the International Water Association, the 2024 Water Convention invites experts and practitioners to share their newest and latest innovation, technologies, best practices and case studies in six themes covering the urban water cycle. These themes reflect the urgent issues and challenges facing urban water practitioners, such as ensuring the sustainable production and supply of safe and clean drinking water, the effective and efficient collection and treatment of used water, resiliency and adaptability of urban cities to climate change, floods and sea-level rise, and resource efficiency and circular economy for the water sector.

It is our wish for the papers presented at this Water Convention to inspire and foster collaborations amongst various stakeholders within the global water community, and contribute to meaningful action to build a sustainable global water future for all. On this note, we invite you to submit your abstracts and share your valuable ideas and experiences with peers from around the world.

We look forward to meeting you in Singapore at the SIWW2024 Water Convention.

Programme Committee

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Theme 1: Delivering Water from Source to Tap (Network)

Theme Leader

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    Ridzuan Ismail

    • Director & Chief Sustainability Officer,
      Policy & Planning
    • PUB, Singapore's
      National Water Agency
    • (Singapore)
Programme Committee Members

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    Albert Cho

    • Senior Vice President
      and Chief Strategy
      and External Affairs Officer
    • Xylem
    • (USA)
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    Amir Cahn

    • Executive Director
    • SWAN
    • (UK)
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    Hamanth Kasan

    • Director, Utilities Partnership Division
    • ROCKBlue
    • (South Africa)
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    Martine Watson

    • General Manager Operations, Maintenance & Planning
    • Urban Utilities
    • (Australia)
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    Zdravka Do Quang

    • Group Innovation Programs Officer
    • SUEZ
    • (France)

Theme 2: Delivering Water from Source to Tap (Treatment)

Theme Leader

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    Jonathan Clement

    • Director, Global Advanced Water Treatment
    • Ramboll
    • (Singapore)
Programme Committee Members

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    Aik Num Puah

    • Independent Consultant
    • (Singapore)
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    Holly Shorney-Darby

    • Head, Technology Application and Piloting
    • PWNT
    • (The Netherlands)
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    Min Yang

    • Deputy Director,
      Research Center for
      Eco-Environmental Sciences
    • Chinese Academy of Science
    • (China)
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    Nikolay Voutchkov

    • Executive Director, Water Innovation Center
    • NEOM
    • (Saudi Arabia)
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    Seungkwan Hong

    • Professor
    • Korea University
    • (South Korea)

Theme 3: Effective and Efficient Wastewater Management
a. Treatment
b. Conveyance

Theme Leader

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    Kartik Chandran

    • Professor
    • Columbia University
    • (USA)
Programme Committee Members

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    Andrew Shaw

    • Associate Vice President
      and Global Practice
      and Technology Leader
      in Sustainability & Wastewater
    • Black & Veatch
    • (USA)
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    Mads Leth

    • Chief Executive Officer
    • VCS Denmark
    • (Denmark)
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    Mark van Loosdrecht

    • Chair Professor, Environmental Biotechnology
    • Delft University of Technology
    • (The Netherlands)
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    Norhayati Abdullah

    • Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering
    • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
    • (Malaysia)
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    Susan Moisio

    • Global Vice President and Global Water Director
    • Jacobs
    • (USA)
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    Valerie Naidoo

    • Executive Manager, Business Development and Innovations
    • Water Research Commission
    • (South Africa)

Theme 4: Cities of the Future and Coastal & Flood Resilience

Theme Leader

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    Tony Wong

    • Director
    • Tony Wong Consulting
    • (Australia)
Programme Committee Members

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    Hazel Khoo

    • Director, Coastal Protection Department
    • PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency
    • (Singapore)
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    Mark Fletcher

    • Global Water Business Leader
    • Arup
    • (UK)
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    Piet Dircke

    • Global Director Climate Adaptation
    • Arcadis
    • (The Netherlands)
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    Pritha Hariram

    • Head, Water Infrastructure & Climate Adaptation
    • Ramboll
    • (Singapore)

Theme 5: Water Quality and One Health

Theme Leader

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    Robert Bos

    • Independent Consultant
    • (Switzerland)
Programme Committee Members

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    David Cunliffe

    • Principal Water
      Quality Advisor
    • SA Health
    • (Australia)
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    Fiona Waller

    • Head of Water Quality
    • Affinity Water
    • (UK)
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    Hiroyuki Katayama

    • Professor
    • University of Tokyo
    • (Japan)
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    Regina Sommer

    • Associate Professor
    • Medical University of Vienna
    • (Austria)
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    Ruchika Shiva

    • Country Coordinator
    • IRC WASH
    • (India)

Theme 6: Nexus and Circularity

Theme Leader

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    Dragan Savic

    • Chief Executive Officer
    • KWR Water Research Institute
    • (The Netherlands)
Programme Committee Members

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    Adam Lovell

    • Executive Director
    • Water Services Association of Australia
    • (Australia)
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    Chee Meng Pang

    • Director, Water Quality Department
    • PUB, Singapore's
      National Water Agency
    • (Singapore)
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    Despo Fatta-Kassinos

    • Professor
    • University of Cyprus
    • (Cyprus)
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    Gary Gu

    • Global Technology Director
    • DuPont Water Solutions
    • (USA)
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    Michael Storey

    • Managing Director
    • Isle Utilities
    • (Australia)
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    Miriam Otoo

    • Deputy Chief of Party, URBAN WASH
    • Tetra Tech
    • (USA)

Themes and Topics

Theme 1: Delivering Water from Source to Tap (Network)

Digital transformation has empowered water utilities to leverage advanced technologies and data gathered from multiple sensors to improve their network planning and design. This enables water utilities to achieve an efficient and resilient network. The wealth of network information supports operators in proactive maintenance of their assets, leak detection, condition assessment, valve operations and mains flushing. This informed approach ensures smooth and uninterrupted water supply. The proliferation of digital twins and smart water meters also betters our understanding of the network’s behaviour and enables more effective water conservation strategies. However, it is important to note that digital transformation should prioritise people, and digital solutions should be relevant to and embraced by both operators and customers. This theme welcomes abstracts on the latest innovations, technologies, best practices, and case studies on water supply network management. Topics of interest include:

1.1 Planning, Design and Implementation
1.1.1 Master planning and water demand predictive management tools
1.1.2 Sustainable and resilient networks
1.1.3 Key performance indicators for network management
1.1.4 Networks in developing countries
1.2 Efficiency of Operations
1.2.1 Tools for overall efficiency optimisation
1.2.2 Towards “low disturbance networks”: minimising nuisances during network repairs
1.2.3 Innovative solutions for cleaning of networks
1.2.4 Tools for optimising field services: workforce management, reducing time and cost
1.3 Asset Management and Network Renewal
1.3.1 Preservation of ageing infrastructure
1.3.2 Anticipation of network residual lifetime
1.3.3 Tools for network renewal CAPEX optimisation
1.3.4 Proactive pipe and asset condition monitoring and assessment
1.3.5 Advanced leak detection and management
1.3.6 Fast and trenchless pipe rehabilitation technologies
1.3.7 Innovative pipe materials
1.3.8 Impact of network materials on water quality (and vice versa)
1.3.9 3D mapping of underground services
1.4 Metering
1.4.1 Metering policy
1.4.2 Asset management and renewal strategy for meters
1.4.3 Technological innovations in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
1.4.4 Transformation of smart metering business models
1.4.5 Next generation meters with intelligent features
1.5 Smart Water
1.5.1 Advanced sensor technologies
1.5.2 Digital solutions for network modelling
1.5.3 Real time simulation and real time control using metering and other data
1.5.4 Digital twin and its finetuning using live sensor data
1.5.5 Machine learning algorithms for enhanced detection and prediction (data science, advanced alarms)
1.5.6 Open networks/virtual DMA for water balance accounting
1.5.7 Real-time monitoring of water quality in distribution systems
1.5.8 Water safety, security and quality incident management
1.5.9 The real cost of smart infrastructure (maintenance of sensors, databases)
1.5.10 Role of Data-as-a-Service in the water sector
1.5.11 Human factor in digital transformation
1.6 Water Conservation and Efficiency Measures
1.6.1 New regulations for sustainable water cycle management (resource scarcity, incentives for Water-wise Cities)
1.6.2 Strategies, approaches and new technologies for reduction of water usage in households and industries
1.6.3 New services to manage and reduce water consumption for customers using AMI data
1.6.4 Network efficiency and non-revenue water: flow and pressure monitoring and management, real-time monitoring of NRW
1.6.5 Methods and tools for water loss reduction and sustainable water consumption
1.6.6 Private installations and networks, plumbing systems
1.6.7 Environmental impact of water distribution

Theme 2: Delivering Water from Source to Tap (Treatment)

Cities worldwide face the challenge of limited freshwater supply, prompting them to diversify their water sources to become more resilient. As treatment technologies continue to advance, there is an increasing focus on making the process more sustainable by reducing energy requirements, exploring beneficial reuse of brine, and harvesting energy from waste streams. Additionally, these technologies have to be adaptable to the future impacts of climate change, for instance by designing treatment processes that can cope with changing water quality. While ensuring a sufficient and sustainable water supply is critical, it is equally important to ensure that the water supplied is of the highest possible quality. To this end, water utilities are applying advanced technologies that can effectively treat and remove contaminants of emerging concern and specific groups of contaminants that are resistant to conventional processes. Water utilities are also exploring the use of innovative sensors and digital solutions to support them in plant operations, maintenance, and optimisation. This theme welcomes abstracts on innovative and smart water treatment technologies and solutions in the following areas:

2.1 Basic and Advanced Water Treatment Processes
2.1.1 Characterisation, impact and removal of natural organic matter and heavy metals in drinking water
2.1.2 Treatment of emerging pollutants
2.1.3 Waste minimisation and management in water treatment
2.1.4 Advanced oxidation processes
2.1.5 Advances in membrane technologies and applications
2.1.6 Challenges in adoption of treatment technologies in rural communities and in low-income countries
2.2 Innovations in Desalination
2.2.1 Breaking desalination cost and energy barriers
2.2.2 One Water – joint desalination and reuse
2.2.3 Brine concentration and beneficial reuse
2.2.4 Advances in brackish groundwater treatment
2.2.5 Recent planning and implementation experience
2.2.6 Pre- and post-treatment and other process innovation
2.2.7 Process innovations by membrane technology
2.2.8 Industrial wastewater desalination
2.2.9 Case studies for low energy desalination
2.3 Augmenting Water Supplies by Water Reuse
2.3.1 Innovations in direct and indirect potable reuse
2.3.2 Ecological water reuse
2.3.3 Non-potable urban reuse
2.3.4 Planning and implementation of water reuse projects
2.3.5 Process intensification and improvement by membrane technology
2.3.6 Efficient groundwater management (e.g., management of artificial aquifer recharge and well)
2.3.7 Sustainable water reuse
2.4 Brine Concentration and Mining
2.4.1 Innovative technologies for membrane brine concentration
2.4.2 Zero and near zero liquid brine discharge systems
2.4.3 Extraction of valuable minerals from brackish and seawater brines
2.4.4 Case studies for brine concentration and mining
2.5 Digitalisation of Water Treatment Plants
2.5.1 Advancement in real-time water quality monitoring of source and product water
2.5.2 Predictive and corrective automated process operation and optimisation
2.5.3 Asset management with smart technologies
2.5.4 Artificial intelligence systems for remote monitoring and control
2.5.5 Application of virtual/augmented reality systems in plant operations and training
2.6 Technological Innovations in Response to Climate Change
2.6.1 Water treatment technologies for achieving net-zero CO2 emission
2.6.2 Adaptation of water treatment systems to climate changes in the future
2.6.3 Drinking water production from unconventional water sources (e.g., humidity in the air)
2.6.4 Process design innovations for mitigation of source water scarcity and quality deterioration

Theme 3a: Effective and Efficient Wastewater Management (Treatment)

In our pursuit of a sustainable future, the perception of wastewater has changed from being something unwanted to a beneficial resource. This shift drives the desire to extract as much water, energy, and valuable materials from wastewater as possible. A growing number of technologies have been developed to enhance energy generation during wastewater treatment. Meanwhile, to mitigate climate change, attempts are made to reduce the overall carbon footprint of wastewater management including nitrous oxide and methane emissions. There is an upward trend in recovering and reusing material resources from waste streams. For the remaining wastewater effluent, a high quality is targeted for reuse applications, potentially in part through the use of membrane technologies and processes. Besides looking into new innovations, efforts are also placed in improving the efficiencies of existing processes to enhance sustainability. This theme welcomes abstracts examining best practices and innovative technologies for sustainable and economically viable centralised or decentralised treatment and management of wastewater and the resources embedded therein.

3a.1 Basic and Advanced Wastewater Treatment Processes
3a.1.1 Treatment of emerging chemical (e.g., PFAS and microplastics) and microbial contaminants (including ARG and ARB)
3a.1.2 Membrane technologies
3a.1.3 Advances in nutrient removal technologies
3a.1.4 Advanced oxidation processes as tertiary treatment
3a.1.5 The use of improved primary and preliminary treatment technologies (e.g., grit and screenings) to protect downstream processes
3a.1.6 Sludge treatment and biosolids management
3a.2 Process Intensification/Innovation for Efficient Use and Recovery of Resources
3a.2.1 Novel integration and combinations of processes to achieve process intensification (e.g., aerobic granular sludge and biofilm processes)
3a.2.2 Reducing carbon footprint (e.g., control of N2O and CH4 emissions, chemical consumption, energy balance)
3a.2.3 Resource-efficient treatment processes supported by the recovery of water, energy, and nutrients
3a.3 Climate Change and Resilience: Process Impacts and Implications
3a.3.1 Treatment of overflow from conveyance systems
3a.3.2 Lessons learned from extreme weather events (e.g., emergency preparedness, post-event recovery, operation reinstatement, etc.)
3a.3.3 Designing a climate resilient plant (e.g., climate-resilient power system, wet weather flow management)
3a.3.4 Next-generation green-infrastructure systems for overall system resilience
3a.4 Asset Management
3a.4.1 Ageing infrastructure
3a.4.2 Efficient management and maintenance of existing and future assets
3a.4.3 Management of vertical assets
3a.5 Monitoring and Measurement of Wastewater Contaminants
3a.5.1 Real-time detection and identification of VOC/SVOC
3a.5.2 Wastewater based epidemiology
3a.5.3 Omics-based monitoring tools for process operation and control
3a.5.4 Methodologies and monitoring of emerging compounds (e.g., PFAS, microplastics)
3a.5.5 Biosensors and other novel tools (e.g., biological and chemical fingerprinting) for discharge quality management
3a.5.6 Role of sensors in plant monitoring and operation
3a.6 Next Generation of Intelligent Plant
3a.6.1 New sensing and simulation approaches and models for process monitoring and control (e.g., digital twins)
3a.6.2 Artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics for process optimisation
3a.6.3 Integrated control of conveyance and treatment plant
3a.6.4 Workforce engagement, retention, staff training, capacity building, current and future skills related to digital transformation
3a.6.5 Data management, governance, and cyber security
3a.7 Wastewater Treatment and Management in Developing Countries
3a.7.1 Integrated approach to enhance water reuse
3a.7.2 Integration and augmentation strategies for WWTPs within existing infrastructure: relevance to developing countries
3a.7.3 Wastewater based epidemiology
3a.7.4 Treating non-sewage and other complex wastewater and waste streams
3a.8 Decentralised Wastewater Treatment for Addressing Rapid Urban Growth
3a.8.1 Design and innovation of non-sewered sanitation technologies
3a.8.2 Integration of decentralised wastewater treatment facility with direct and indirect potable reuse
3a.8.3 Factors affecting the design of decentralised wastewater treatment facility (e.g., adequacy of isolation from residential areas, odour control, etc.)
3a.9 Water Reuse
3a.9.1 Implementation and challenges of Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD)
3a.9.2 Wastewater treatment oriented to water reuse
3a.9.3 Brine management and discharge
3a.9.4 Decentralised treatment of wastewater for reuse in green urban areas

Theme 3b: Effective and Efficient Wastewater Management (Conveyance)

Sewers are vital for the sanitary conveyance of wastewater to treatment facilities. To ensure that sewers can carry out their function well, proper operation and maintenance are necessary. Utilities are taking a more proactive approach in these areas with the help of digitalisation and intelligent technologies. In sewer operation, analytics and management tools are employed with real-time sensors and meters for detecting and predicting blockages, inflows, and infiltrations. It is equally important to examine the quality of the wastewater discharged into sewers as it affects downstream treatment processes. In maintenance, advanced inspection equipment is deployed for sewer inspection, cleaning, and rehabilitation. The necessity for cutting-edge technologies becomes more apparent as large sewers are laid more deeply in the increasingly urbanised cities. Such deep tunnel sewage systems require innovative solutions for monitoring the tunnel’s structural integrity and conveyance condition. Abstracts looking into novel technologies, best practices and applied research for wastewater networks in the areas below are welcomed.

3b.1 Networks
3b.1.1 Integrated network modelling, understanding the overall system from the network to the receiving water
3b.1.2 Climate change impacts to the sewer network (e.g., rainfall, inflow/infiltration, sea level rise, storm surge)
3b.1.3 Prediction of climate change impacts on asset performance
3b.1.4 Construction materials, automated or mechanised processes for pipe laying
3b.2 Asset Management, Renewal and Rehabilitation
3b.2.1 Next generation of condition assessment, maintenance and pipe rehabilitation technologies
3b.2.2 Innovation in shortening maintenance interventions
3b.2.3 Challenges of upgrading ageing infrastructure
3b.2.4 No-dig technology
3b.3 Operations
3b.3.1 Data analytics, digital twin, simulations and application tools for forecasting, network planning, optimisation and operations & maintenance
3b.3.2 Next generation of wastewater network management (e.g., machine learning, optimisation, automation)
3b.3.3 Advanced chokage detection capabilities/strategies
3b.3.4 Point source pollution abatement strategies
3b.3.5 Non-point source pollution abatement strategies
3b.4 Deep Tunnel Sewerage Systems
3b.4.1 Tunnel structural integrity and condition monitoring strategies/technologies
3b.4.2 Maintenance and access to deep tunnels
3b.4.3 Large sewer inspection and maintenance using smart technologies
3b.5 Sensors for Wastewater Monitoring in the Network
3b.5.1 Biosensors and other novel sensors (e.g., biological and chemical fingerprinting) for discharge quality management
3b.5.2 Real-time detection and identification of VOC/SVOC
3b.5.3 Real-time monitoring of methane and hydrogen sulphide
3b.5.4 Monitoring of emerging compounds (e.g., PFAS, microplastics)

Theme 4: Cities of the Future and Coastal & Flood Resilience

Cities and towns are the economic powerhouses. They account for more than 70% of global gross domestic product (GDP). And by 2050, they are expected to accommodate 70% of the world’s population. Cities are complex adaptive systems, with multiple interconnected elements converging, concentrating, and exacerbating many of climate change impacts. Over the last decade, SIWW has provided a platform for fostering integrated urban water management across the social-technical domain.

The Cities of the Future Theme of SIWW2024 will focus on coastal cities and small island states. While all cities globally are faced with climate change water-related challenges of water scarcity, floods, environmental pollution, and loss of natural capital, to varying degrees, coastal cities are particularly vulnerable to climate change impact on flooding from multiple fronts, i.e. sea-level rise and storm surges, fluvial floods with many coastal cities located within large river basins, and pluvial floods owing to many coastal cities being located on relatively low-lying and flat terrain. Many small island states are also reliant on vulnerable groundwater resources as their primary source of potable water. Coastal pollution (e.g., plastics and more generally waste management – solid or liquid) is also becoming a critical challenge for coastal cities to ensure local water quality as an asset for liveability and citizens engagement on water-related issues, but also to contribute to a wider range of SDGs.

Our focus on coastal cities and small island states is therefore within the context of climate change resilience and adaptive capacity and managing coastal pollution. Emphasis is placed on innovative coastal and flood resilience measures which need to be multifunctional (due to land scarcity in small island states) and flexible (to manage the uncertainty in storm surges and sea level rises). Authors are invited to submit abstracts across the following four technical and water governance sub-topics for coastal cities and small island states.

4.1 Reimagining City Masterplans
In exploring contemporary approaches to urban planning and design of coastal cities in their transition to greater resilience and liveability, papers with actual case studies addressing the following issues are invited:
4.1.1 Sustainable urban coastal development, low spatial and carbon footprint, and adaptive flood resilience strategies
4.1.2 Impact and risk of sea level rise on urban water cycle
4.1.3 Infill, reconstruction, land reclamation and city expansion under rising sea level; urban waterfronts, urban shoreline extensions
4.1.4 Linking land-use master-planning with water cycle master-planning
4.1.5 Promoting a water circular economy around multiple water-food-energy-waste nexus
4.1.6 Digitally enabled spatial master-planning for water in cities
4.1.7 Linking cities, their catchments and coastal zones
4.2 Coastal Resilience through Innovations in Hybrid Infrastructure
4.2.1 Multi-functional and systems approach to coastal resilience
4.2.2 Adaptable coastal protection measures for staged defences of future increase in sea level rise
4.2.3 Green, blue and grey infrastructure for coastal, fluvial and pluvial flood management in coastal cities
4.2.4 Enhancing marine environment while ensuring coastal flood resilience
4.2.5 Protecting groundwater resources
4.3 Digital Developments for Water Management of Coastal Cities and Small Island States
4.3.1 Internet-of-things for integrated urban water management
4.3.2 Digital land-use information/digital twin for spatial water system design and management
4.3.3 Digital tools for community-deliberative decision making, system transparency and water-sensitive behaviour
4.3.4 Sensors, AI, data analytics, and application tools for rain/weather forecasting, flood prediction, early warning, network planning, optimisation and operations & maintenance
4.3.5 Sensors, AI, data analytics, and application tools for coastal monitoring, modelling and forecasting of storm surge events
4.3.6 Automation of flood prevention measures and predictive maintenance
4.4 Institutional Reform for Effective Governance
4.4.1 Model for co-investment in infrastructure and integrated urban water services
4.4.2 Building social resilience at the community and institutional levels
4.4.3 Preparing for and learning from emergency responses
4.4.4 Quantifying and monetising non-market values of hybrid infrastructure and water quality improvements
4.4.5 Valuing and planning for future optionality

Theme 5: Water Quality & One Health

Global climate change has led to an increased focus on water quality and its impact on human, animal, and ecosystem health. Recent progress in the application of genomics has opened up new possibilities for water quality surveillance and management. Wastewater-based epidemiological surveillance (WES) has attracted attention worldwide during the pandemic as a real-time monitoring method for SARS-CoV-2; it has great potential to be applied to monitoring the emergence of new virus variants, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and pathogens at large, as well as medicine and drug use in communities. Innovative sensors for detecting pollutants and contaminants in drinking water are becoming more sensitive and specific which raises concerns if hazardous concentration standards are driven by the ever-increasing resolution of detection techniques (shifting from parts per trillion to parts per quadrillion) rather than based on proven health risks. The current debate on PFAS highlights the growing divergence between standards across the world. Water quality is also increasingly crucial in the context of medical care; the quality of recreational waters is another issue of concern. Effective communication between sectors and to communities is crucial for the successful promotion of One-Water/One-Health but remains a challenge. This is a Call for Papers directed at policy- and decision-makers, planners, practitioners, and researchers dealing with one or more of the sub-topics listed below:

5.1 Global Climate Change, Water Quality and Health
5.1.1 Impacts of extreme weather events on human, animal and ecosystem health (e.g., excessive rainfall and floods, lasting droughts and water scarcity, heat waves, droughts and more frequent associated wildfires)
5.1.2 Setting and refining water quality criteria for prioritisation in the continuum of mitigation, adaptation, and resilience building for One Health in specific settings
5.1.3 Lessons learned from recent research in climate-relevant action in water resources development and management, and in the operations of drinking water, wastewater, and sanitation service providers
5.1.4 Influence of climate change phenomena on the links between human, animal, and ecosystem health on short, medium and long-term
5.1.5 Environmental management approaches in mitigation and adaptation (e.g., spatial planning, urban rural connections, livestock distribution management, safe decommissioning of boreholes)
5.2 Recent Progress in the Application of Genomics in Water Quality Management
5.2.1 Recent developments, progress in and application of whole genome sequencing and other genomics methods and techniques in water quality surveillance and management for human and animal health
5.2.2 Innovations in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) diagnostic methods
5.2.3 Innovations in the detection of microbial contaminants in irrigation water to protect and enhance food safety
5.2.4 Improving access to genomics technologies and techniques to monitor the quality of irrigation water in low- and middle-income countries in support of food safety
5.2.5 Source tracking and elucidating contamination pathways in areas with significant livestock populations
5.3 Wastewater-based Epidemiological Surveillance (WES) beyond SARS-CoV-2
5.3.1 Application of WES in monitoring of new virus variants and of emerging (zoonotic) pathogens
5.3.2 Application of WES in monitoring of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and understanding the underlying factors for expansion of AMR in the aquatic environment (e.g., interaction between microbes, AMR encoding genes, and mobile genetic elements that act as vehicles for AMR via horizontal gene transfer)
5.3.3 Application of WES to monitor the use of medicines and drugs in communities
5.4 Emerging Technologies and Methods for Water Quality Monitoring and Management
5.4.1 Innovative fit-for-purpose sensors with improved specificity and sensitivity for detecting contaminants and pollutants in drinking water, stormwater, wastewater, irrigation water and recreational water
5.4.2 Factors affecting the standards setting for hazardous concentrations
5.4.3 Progress and new technological developments in water quality measurement, affordable instruments and sensors to support promotion of human and veterinary public health and aquatic ecosystem integrity (e.g., DNA based sensors, toxicological assessments, etc.)
5.4.4 Emerging approaches/lessons learned for water quality management across the water cycle - a context for combining WSP/SSP/WRM
5.5 Water Quality in the Context of Health and Medical Care
5.5.1 Lessons learned from the accelerated strengthening of WASH services in healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries: installation, operation and maintenance
5.5.2 Integration of water quality monitoring and management into the essential functions of rural healthcare facilities
5.5.3 Risk mitigation to ensure safe water for medical purposes
5.5.4 Preventive strategies for nosocomial infections in healthcare facilities
5.6 Recreational Water Quality and One Health
5.6.1 Integrated approach to the management of recreational water, prioritising human, animal, and ecosystem health
5.6.2 Progress in the development and deployment of decision-making tools for the safe management of recreational water (e.g., microbial source tracking, catchment management, land use patterns)
5.6.3 Risk, opportunities, and conflicting economic interests in decision-making of recreational water quality management
5.6.4 Zoonotic pathogens: hazards and risks to recreational water quality and the implications for human and animal health
5.7 Communication between Sectors and to Affected Communities
5.7.1 Models, strategies and frameworks to promote intersectoral communication in One Water/One Health approach: promoting dialogue among different disciplines
5.7.2 Approaches to promote community participation (e.g., water quality literacy, public awareness campaigns) – how to overcome interpretation obstacles to informing communities
5.7.3 Case studies of success and failure in addressing communication challenges
5.7.4 Communication as a critical building block in a systems approach to delivering drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene services
5.7.5 How can policies support improvements in communications between sectors and with communities?

Theme 6: Nexus and Circularity

The water sector has made significant progress in adopting circular economy principles, particularly in the area of closing the water loop through the application of advanced treatment processes. There is now a growing emphasis on closing the resource and carbon loops within and beyond water systems. To achieve this goal, it is essential to adopt a system thinking approach that takes into account not only technological aspects, but also policy and planning, stakeholder engagement, application, marketability, and potential financing solutions. It is also important to adopt a nexus approach that enables systems integration and collaboration with other sectors to fully leverage the benefits of circular solutions. Against this backdrop, this theme welcomes abstracts on sustainable frameworks, strategies, and case studies on next-generation solutions for the water sector to support a circular economy.

6.1 Policy and Planning
6.1.1 Policy, standards, regulations, implementation strategies and incentives needed to achieve circularity (e.g., how to effectively connect waste-derived products to demand)
6.1.2 Sustainability concepts and economic benefits assessment methodologies for water and resource circularity
6.1.3 Policy coherence and institutional coordination needed in the circular economy
6.1.4 Organisational and societal changes to create a circular economy
6.1.5 Water circularity and carbon footprint – balance and optimisation in conflicts
6.1.6 Digitalisation, smart accounting and systems to understand the circular economy
6.2 Stakeholder Engagement and Cross-Sectoral Collaboration in the Circular Water Economy
6.2.1 Developing enabling ecosystem for circularity through multilateral collaborations
6.2.2 Community-based and stakeholder-driven approaches to achieve circular economy
6.2.3 Promoting transition towards nexus and circularity through education (e.g., circular economy literacy, public awareness campaigns, capacity building, best practices)
6.3 System of Systems for a Circular Economy
6.3.1 Different combinations of nexus – water, energy, food, waste, land, etc.
6.3.2 Circularity and urban-rural nexus (e.g., economics of sustainable agriculture and rural development)
6.3.3 Integrated management of the water cycle
6.4 Resource Circularity
6.4.1 Applications, economics, and associated risks of water, energy, and nutrient recovery
6.4.2 Testing and environmental standards for waste-derived products (e.g., from sludge)
6.4.3 Zero waste utilities
6.4.4 Increasing self-sufficiency and autonomy through circular solutions
6.4.5 Contribution of a circular water to biodiversity recovery, climate resilience, and advancing SDGs
6.4.6 Extending from water purification to resource mining
6.4.7 Circular design and innovation
6.4.8 Brine mining
6.5 Carbon Circularity
6.5.1 Carbon reduction opportunities and case studies in the water sector
6.5.2 Carbon capture, utilisation, and storage technologies for the water sector – incorporation or synergy with water processes
6.5.3 Net-zero carbon utilities
6.5.4 Monitoring and management of process emissions
6.5.5 Role of the water sector in the transition to a hydrogen economy
6.5.6 Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of water treatment technologies and processes
6.6 Financing Circularity
6.6.1 Successes and lessons learned on circular financing solutions and business models
6.6.2 Approaches to scale-up circular finance within financial sector
6.6.3 Intersection of circular economy with broader environmental, social and governance investment opportunities, SDGs, and net-zero climate commitments

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Best Student Poster for each theme
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About the Co-organisers

IWA.png International Water Association (IWA)

The International Water Association is the organisation that brings together science and practice of water management in order to reach a world in which water is wisely managed to satisfy the needs of human activities and ecosystems in an equitable and sustainable way.

The IWA is a global knowledge hub and international network for water professionals and anyone concerned about the future of water. We bring together know-how and expertise to instigate ground-breaking solutions.

PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency

PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE). It is the national water agency, which manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment, and used water in an integrated way. From April 2020, PUB also took on the responsibility of protecting Singapore’s coastline from sea-level rise as the national coastal protection agency.

PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water). PUB leads and coordinates whole-of-government efforts to protect Singapore from the threat of rising seas and the holistic management of inland and coastal flood risks.

PUB calls on everyone to play a part in conserving water, in keeping our waterways clean, and in caring for Singapore’s precious water resources. If we all do our little bit, there will be enough water for all our needs – for commerce and industry, for living, for life.