Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2021

The SIWW 2021, rebranded as SIWW20121 Online will take place as a fully virtual event from 21 June to 2 July. SIWW2021 Spotlight will put the focus on fostering innovation and building collaboration towards a more sustainable water future

The biennial Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) gathers thought leaders, experts and practitioners from governments, utilities, academia and industry to share best practices, co-create innovative urban water solutions, and generate new business opportunities. Held over two weeks, and branded as SIWW2021 Online, it will take place as a fully virtual event. 

Delegates can look forward to a wide gamut of utility and industry focused content, with emphasis on innovation and solutions spanning end-to-end of the urban water cycle. 

SIWW2021 Online kicks-off with SIWW2021 Spotlight on 21 June, featuring three sessions where global water leaders will share perspectives and experiences in fostering innovation and building collaboration towards a more sustainable water future. Participants will be able to learn about imperatives and drivers for innovation, identify challenges and discover opportunities for stakeholders to harness innovation to achieve water security and sustainability.

Sign up for an all-access pass to SIWW2021 Online now! Registration fees are priced from S$350 (US$270) depending on category, with discounts on bulk registrations. 

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Session showcases approaches by different stakeholders such as governments, utilities, academia and industry towards innovation, and how embracing an innovative mindset and working collaboratively uncovers opportunities to achieve water sustainability.

Speakers: Peter Ng Joo Hee, Chief Executive, PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency • Steve Demetriou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jacobs • Patrick Decker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Xylem • Dr Alan Ryder, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RSK Group • HP Nanda, Global Vice President and General Manager, DuPont Water Solutions • Tan Cheng Guan, Executive Vice President and Head, Group Centre of Excellence, Sembcorp Industries • Bambang Susantono, Vice President (Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development), Asian Development Bank • Jennifer Sara, Global Director for Water Global Practice, World Bank Group.

Moderator: • Sharad Somani, Asia Pacific Head of Infrastructure, KPMG.

Session 2 (1500 – 1645): Plenary 2 – Riding the Wave: Ensuring Security Against Climate Uncertainties

Session examines how stakeholders leverage innovation to implement solutions to safeguard urban water systems against shocks caused by climate uncertainties. Case studies and examples of projects will be presented to demonstrate solutions in building resilience to extreme weather events and enhancing resource efficiency.

Speakers: • Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam • Chew Men Leong, President, Urban Solutions, ST Engineering • Steve Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Suez Asia • Tan Boon Leng, Managing Director, Project Development and Corporate Office, Keppel Infrastructure Holdings Pte Ltd• Carlos Cosin Fernández, Chief Executive Officer, Almar Water Solutions and President, International Desalination Association • Prof Hamanth C. Kasan, General Manager (Scientific Services), Rand Water, and Vice President, International Water Association • Richard Threlfall, Partner, Global Head of KPMG IMPACT and Infrastructure, KPMG.

Moderator: • Scott Dunn, Vice President, Strategy & Growth, Asia, AECOM

Session 3 (1700 – 1815): – In Conversation with Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Mr Heng Swee Keat 

Jointly organised with World Cities Summit and Asia Infrastructure Forum, DPM Heng will deliver a keynote address and participate in a moderated dialogue focused on how Singapore can respond to the pandemic, climate crisis and other disruptions to emerge more sustainable and resilient. 

Water Convention 

SIWW’s flagship Water Convention brings together professionals, technology providers and researchers to share their knowledge, experiences, case studies and applied solutions to solve global water challenges. These virtual technical sessions will serve as a springboard to engaging discussions and debates through high quality presentations on sustainable technological solutions, processes and management strategies that address current and emerging water issues.

Over 300 technical papers will be presented under the following themes and sub-themes. 

Delivering Water from Source to Tap (Network) • Network planning, design and implementation • Network asset management • Smart water grid • Smart metering 

Delivering Water from Source to Tap (Treatment) • Basic and advanced water treatment processes • Membrane technologies • Seawater desalination • Water reuse • Brackish groundwater treatment • Digital solutions and artificial intelligence. 

Effective and Efficient Wastewater Management • Overall process sustainability and asset management • Resource recovery • Process sensing, monitoring and control • Advanced molecular tools application.

Cities of the Future • Regenerative water services • Water sensitive urban design • Basin connected cities • Water-wise communities.

Water Quality and Health • Water management in a pandemic • Systems approach to drinking water supply and sanitation services • Policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks • Emerging contaminants in water • Wastewater hazards, risks, treatment and disinfection • Water quality in distribution systems and buildings.

Thematic Webinars and Innovation to Practice (I2P) Sessions 

Over 40 Thematic Webinars and Innovation to Practice (I2P) sessions covering broad thematic areas such as climate resilience, resource circularity, digital water, innovation and sustainability further augment the content line-up at SIWW2021 Online. I2P sessions, in particular, feature international case studies on utility end-user journey in adoption of innovation to solve water challenges. 

A selection of content sessions presented at SIWW2021 Online include: 

Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Roundtable: Game-changing Technologies for a Sustainable Water Future 

Honoured for their outstanding contributions in solving the world’s water challenges, six of the past Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Laureates will share insights on global trends and advances in science and innovation, and discuss changes in technology development and implementation necessary to tackle emerging urban water challenges to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Digital Water • Utilities of the Future – Is Smarter Water Better Water? • Digital Water Hackathon – DemoDay@SIWW • Breaking Boundaries in Digital Delivery • Beyond the Buzz: Demystifying Smart Water.

Resource Resilience • Resource Recovery – From Policy to Practice • Reinventing Membranes – Present to Future • Achieving Carbon Net Zero Utilities

Climate Resilience • Water Resilient Cities – Lessons from Recent Extreme Events • Dealing with the Deep Uncertainty of Sea Level Rise • Climate Change, Water Quality and Health • Planning Blue and Green Cities.

Other Related Themes • Growing Sustainable Businesses through Sustainability Leadership • Water Industry Transformation to Achieve SDG2030 – Overcoming Bottlenecks • Celebrating Women in Engineering • A Career in the Water Profession.


Co-organised with the Singapore Water Association, a training course on “Smart Water Management Using IOT and AI/Machine Learning” will provide insights into emerging IOT technologies and how it can be applied to enhance operational efficiency, safety and resilience in the water sector. Targeted at water utilities who are interested to embark on their own digital transformation journey, course attendees will benefit from actual use cases. Registration closes on 14 June. Separate registration fees apply.

Expo and Product / Technology Showcases

A marketplace showcasing more than 120 international exhibitors, including 6 participating Pavilions from Singapore, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Imagine H2O and Ripple2Wave. Explore the latest in products and services spanning the water cycle, from reuse, storm water management, robotics and automation, to sludge management, industrial water solutions, disinfection technologies, nature-based solutions and urban sustainability. 

Complementing highlights on the virtual show floor are some 30 product and technology showcases from participating exhibitors. Here delegates will get to learn, connect and experience first-hand the latest solutions and innovations available in the market.