SIWW2021 Opens With Plenary Discussions Among Global Water Leaders and Experts

The Sin​gapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2021 kicked off as a fully virtual event from June 21- July 2. The event was officially opened by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment. 

The highlight of the event was the SIWW2021 Spotlight – a one-day summit that brought water leaders together to discuss and exchange ideas on innovating for a sustainable water future, followed by the SIWW2021 Online – a two-week long virtual showcase with emphasis on innovation and solutions spanning the urban water cycle, for business leaders, experts and practitioners to connect, share and learn from one another.

The SIWW2021 Spotlight held over two high-level plenary sessions, brought together water leaders in governments, utilities, academia and industry leading discussions on how stakeholder collaborations and innovation can be harnessed to overcome challenges for water sustainability and ensure security against climate uncertainties.

More than 120 thematic webinars, technical sessions, case studies and products were showcased during the online session. A wide range of utility and industry-focused content covering end-to-end of the urban water cycle was discussed. This year’s SIWW received strong interest and support from the international and local water community with more than 3,500 delegates and trade visitors, and the participation of over 50 utilities from around the world. 

In conjunction with SIWW2021, Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) announced that Choa Chu Kang Waterworks (CCKWW), one of the oldest water treatment plants, will undergo reconstruction and be transformed into a state-of-the-art water treatment facility with the latest water treatment technologies and smart capabilities to greatly enhance its operations, maintenance, safety and security when completed in 2026.

The tender to provide professional engineering services for the reconstruction has been awarded to engineering design and consultancy company, Binnies Singapore Pte Ltd for $28.8 million. The plant will be upgraded with new water treatment technologies and equipment.

Other highlights for this year’s SIWW2021 Online include the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Laureates Roundtable, where past LKYWP Laureates will gather for the first time to discuss Game-changing Technologies for a Sustainable Water Future

 There were also new webinars centred around professions in the water industry, such as Career in the Water Profession and Celebrating Women in Engineering, to explore and highlight the work and careers that keep the water industry running. To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2021, SIWW placed the spotlight on outstanding female leaders in Celebrating Women in Engineering as they discuss the challenges and highlights of their career journey and how they are contributing to a more sustainable water future across the world today.

A content series – the new Innovation to Practice (I2P) sessions was also specially created for the online, inviting industries and utilities to share their past experiences and challenges in adopting innovative solutions to solve real water challenges. SIWW sought to facilitate better knowledge-exchange and learning so that more are inspired to adopt similar solutions and start on their own water innovation journeys.

The comprehensive session line-up presented at SIWW2021 Online offered new insights on international best practices and innovative solutions that could help the industry navigate this new economic landscape. 

The next edition, Singapore International Water Week 2022 will be held from 17 to 21 April 2022 at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore.

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