Water & Wastewater Asia May/Jun 2018

WATER & WASTEWATER ASIA May / June 2018 6 / NEWS H aving been awarded a three-year contract by PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, to clean its water supply pipelines, SUEZ will be using the Ice Pigging patented technology in its first operational project in Asia, strengthening the Group’s position in Singapore and throughout Southeast Asia. Withanoptional one-year extension, the contract was inked following the success of the Ice Pigging pilot project in 2016 in the country. As it uses 50 per cent less water than traditional cleaning techniques, SUEZ’s Ice Pigging is significantly more water efficient. Already, it has beenused togreat success in countries including Australia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom (U.K.). Moreover, it won the 2016World Food Innovation Award in the “Best Manufacturing/Processing Technology” category. SUEZ pursues development in Singapore Tap water contains minerals which settle down over time in the pipelines. Ice Pigging cleans the internal surface of the pipes with an injection of ice slurry to remove these mineral sediments but also biofilm and other deposits accumulated over time. It’s a non- intrusive, fast, effective and economical technology. It also consumes just a few litres of ice in industrial situations that normally require hundreds of litres of water. Continue to sustainable resources management, SUEZ ’s propriety Ice Pigging technology is applicable to municipalities as well as a vast range of industries – including oil and gas, food and beverage and cosmetics – where companies wish to limit the environmental impact of cleaning pipes by avoiding the use of chemicals or large quantities of water. This new contract marks a new step in the development of SUEZ in Singapore, where its Business Unit Water Technologies &Solutions has been supporting the PUB and industries in the Pharmaceutical, Oil, and IT sectors in water resources management through the deployment of high-performance. The Group also partners with the PUB on Smart Water projects, desalination, and energy-efficient wastewater treatment technologies. Singapore has been chosen as the Group’s business hub in Southeast Asia, drawing on an Innovation Centre and a Water Technology Centre, composed of around 50 research scientists and engineers who support, through innovation, projects development in the region. This contract and SUEZ’s strategic position in Singapore represent a springboard for new business opportunities throughout Asia, in both themunicipal and industrial sectors. WWA I n the face of profound global water challenges, recently, on World Water Day, five global multi-stakeholder partnerships representing business, governments, intergovernmental organisations, academia, and civil society organisations announced a new collaboration effort designed to accelerate progress toward ensuring the availability and sustainablemanagement of water and sanitation around the world. The partnership was catalysed by the discussions held at the 8 th World Water Forum in Brasilia, including the Citizens Forum and Sustainability Focus Group, and the High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW) report Making Every Drop Count. The report says that if the world continues on its current path, it may face up to a 40 per cent shortfall in water availability by 2030. Health, food security, energy sustainability, jobs, cities, and ecosystems are increasingly at risk due to exacerbating natural variability of thewater cycleandgrowingwater stress. Grim global water report spurs collaboration among organisations The World Bank Water Global Practice, 2030 Water Resources Group, Global Water Partnership, World Water Council, and the United Nations (UN) Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate have committed to coordinate a set of actions toward increased water security. Water security underpins economic growth, social development, and environmental sustainability. TheMaking Every Drop Count report also found: • 40 per cent of the global population is affected by water scarcity • As many as 700 million people could bedisplacedby 2030 in searchofwater • More than two billion people are compelled to drink unsafe water • 4.5 billion people do not have access to safely managed sanitation Aiming to find collaborative solutions to better manage and value water, the global multi-stakeholder partnerships will explore how to more effectively coordinate and align their efforts toward the urgent goal of water security, in line with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On World Water Day 2018, the organisations agreed to: • Take into account the outcomes of the 8 th World Water Forum, proposed by the various political, thematic, regional, citizen, and sustainability processes • Endorse the recommendations of the HLPWMaking Every Drop Count • Recognise SDG 17 that promotes pa r tne rsh i ps as a key means of implementation of the 2030 development agenda – in particular for the implementation of the SDGs calling for aWater SecureWorld (SDG6) • Commit to convene a series of discussions between the leaders of the organisations, starting August 2018 • Explore and agree on pathways towards improving global coordination and collaboration among these and other organisations, in view of accelerating progress towards a water- secure world WWA