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Italy: The International Desalination Association (IDA), a global non-profit organization focused on advanced water treatment solutions and non-conventional water resource solutions to offset growing water scarcity, has announced its new dates for the Biennial Water Reuse and Recycling Conference to be March 15-17, 2021.

The conference represents a global collaborative effort to implement best practices surrounding water reuse and recycling, taking into account regulations, financial challenges, innovative technologies, success stories, and cutting-edge research. The program combines keynote presentations, dynamic panel discussions, and a robust technical exchange of peer-reviewed papers.

The exchange will begin on Monday, March 15th with two half-day invite-only events. The conference is officially opened that evening with a welcome reception graciously hosted by the Government of Spain at the majestic residence of H.E. Ambassador Alfonso Dastis, Palazzo Montorio, Rome. On Tuesday, March 16th and Wednesday, March 17th, in addition to the peer-reviewed technical program, special panel sessions will be conducted and are outlined below. As well, a very special “Evening in Rome” networking event is planned for Tuesday, March 16th.

Monday, March 15

9:00-12:30: Industrial Water Reuse Workshop to Address Water Needs in Oil & Gas, Mining, F&B, and other industrial sectors

14:00-17:30: Utility Leaders Summit Covering Project Success Case Studies, Public Utility Challenges and Solutions Related to Reuse Projects

Tuesday, March 16

Financial Challenges for Public Utilities Incorporating Water Reuse
This panel will discuss the challenges public utilities have when incorporating large scale water reuse infrastructure projects, addressing the level of warranties, project structures, and financial needs for the various uses of water reuse.

Carlos Cosin, IDA President, CEO, Almar Water Solutions
Silvio Oliva, CEO, Fisia Italimpianti

Water Reuse and Industrial Water Needs: Meeting the Challenges and Opportunities
This panel will discuss the growing need for water reuse applications to support the water footprint of industrial users in oil & gas, mining, food and beverage, and other industrial sectors.

Devesh Sharma, IDA First Vice President & Managing Director, Aquatech International Corporation
Veronica Molina Garcia, Global Marketing Leader – Industrial Water & Desalination, DuPont Water Solutions

Wednesday, March 17

Sharing Practical Experience of Reuse Programs: Lessons Learned
Water reuse is quickly becoming a need for many countries around the globe. In this panel we will gather leaders from countries and regions that have been leading the way in water reuse, such as China, Spain, Israel, India, and North America. They will share their practical experience, discuss the challenges and opportunities they faced, explain the lessons that have been learned.

Victor Verbeek, GM for Australia & New Zealand Regional, Toray Membrane Australia
Miguel Angel Sanz, Director of Strategic Development, SUEZ International

Rapidly Growing Cities of the Middle East – North Africa Region and New Policies for Water Reuse
It is evident that there is increased awareness of a need for diversified reuse. The UAE, KSA, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, and Egypt are implementing policies that come as a consequence of a greater ongoing investment in tertiary treatment of wastewater and improved O&M of the assets that give the agencies assurance of reliable TSE quality that can be cost-effectively reused. There is a great need to adopt reuse water to replace desalinated water for Industrial purposes as part of national sustainability goals and this is driving change.

José Díaz-Caneja, CEO, Acciona Agua
Eryl Edwards, Commercial Manager Concessions & Assets Middle East, BESIX

Share Your Knowledge
Submit your abstract by December 15th, 2020 to share your knowledge with top professionals and public policy-makers.

Abstracts can address any of the following topics:

  • Cutting-Edge Technologies
  • Direct and Indirect Potable Reuse
  • Non-Potable and Agricultural Reuse
  • Water Quality Monitoring and Control
  • Advanced Technologies for Joint Desalination and Water Reuse
  • Industrial Water Reuse and Recycling
  • Best Practices in Reuse
  • Health Concerns in Water Reuse

The IDA 2021 Water Reuse and Recycling Conference will be presenting three awards for recognition in the area of Water Reuse and Conservation. Nominations should be submitted to on or before the deadline of December 15, 2020. Winners will be chosen by members of the IDA Water Reuse and Conservation Award Committee and announced on March 16, 2021 during the “Evening In Rome” networking event.

Pre-Conference IDA Academy Master Class on Water Supply Resilience Planning and Desalination and Water Reuse Planning

Sunday, March 14

Morning Session
Water Supply Resilience Planning, instructed by Dr. Gisela Kaiser, Director – Sustainable Water Management, Water Globe Consultants LLC. This segment of the course provides an overview of how coastal cities can potentially plan for increased resilience against shocks and stresses such as drought and climate change, built on the case study of the Cape Town drought. It provides a broad framework of demand and supply and the building blocks for the development of a strategy to secure a resilient water future.

Afternoon Session
Desalination and Water Reuse Planning, instructed by Nikolay Voutchkov, President, Water Globe Consultants LLC. This segment of the course provides an overview of the use of membrane desalination and water reuse as sources of alternative water supply in a diversified portfolio for resilient water supply. The course provides fundamentals of reverse osmosis technology and current trends in desalination and water reuse.

Established over 45 years ago, the International Desalination Association is a non-profit association that serves members in sixty countries and reaches sixteen affiliate organizations. Its membership is comprised of professionals from public utilities, corporations, academic and research organizations. IDA is associated with the United Nations as part of a growing international network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and is a member of the UN FAO Water Resources for Agriculture Group (WASAG).

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