“The discussion at IWA was very much focused on the problems of the developing world, which is suffering from a severe lack in clean drinking water,” said Professor Avner Adin, from the Israel Water Association and Adin Holdings Ltd. Professor Adin, a leading figure in Israel’s water industry, represented Israel at the International Water Association (IWA)’s main event in Lisbon, together with Adi Yefet, head of the water arena at Israel NewTech.
Israeli companies are well-placed to provide creative water solutions to the water problems of the developing world. One company Professor Adin noted is WaterSheer, a provider of various on the spot solutions for water purification. “Israel’s ‘out of the box’ thinking and water expertise is very relevant for tackling the challenges of developing nations,” concluded Professor Adin, and pointed out that Israelis are also involved in the important work done by international aid organization Engineers Without Borders in Africa.
The Lisbon event which took place last month, included both the World Water Congress and the international water exhibition, at which two Israeli companies exhibited, TaKaDu and Miya. The yearly event is attended by over 4,500 delegates, and features parallel sessions of technical presentations, workshops and discussion groups, and a large exhibition of products and services.
Amir Peleg, Founder and CEO of TaKaDu, a quickly growing company providing Integrated Water Network Management technologies, commented on the trends he witnessed at IWA: “In Lisbon, for the first time, we saw more software and integrated data-driven solutions. The smart water network management vision is finally becoming a reality.”
Israel’s Miya exhibited at IWA and also brought home honors. The company received the IWA’s Project Innovation Award, Asia Pacific Region, for significantly improving the urban water system efficiency in Manila. The project added 2.6 million residents to the system, reduced water losses by half and created over 400 jobs for local Filipinos.
In addition to the congress and exhibition, Professor Adin and Adi Yefet represented Israel at the IWA general assembly, at which a new president was elected for the organization and the IWA’s new strategic plan was presented. Yefet also represented Israel at the Young Professionals Forum event, at which young water professionals from around the world explored directions for some of the world’s water challenges.
“Israel NewTech was one of the pioneers – in Israel and the world – for exploring the potential of water technologies to play an important role in industries such as oil & gas, food & beverage and pharmaceuticals,” said Yefet. “This approach is clearly gaining ground, and was in evidence at this year’s IWA event.”
In conclusion, IWA Lisbon marked the future directions for the world’s water industry, and it was clear that Israeli water companies will play a central role in all the upcoming developments.