INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
WATER UTILITIES: BEST PRACTICES

AUGUST 23, 2016, TUESDAY

Drinking water supply and sanitation in India continue to be inadequate, despite long-standing efforts by the various levels of government and communities at improving coverage. The level of investment in water and sanitation, albeit low by international standards, has increased in size during the recent years. A number of innovative approaches to improve water supply and sanitation have been tested in India that include demand-driven approaches in rural water supply, community-led total sanitation, a public-private partnerships to improve the continuity of urban water supply.

As water scarcity impacts utility operations in India, the sector is facing a huge challenge of cutting losses due to theft and ageing infrastructure. Non-revenue water, or "NRW"–defined as the difference between the amount of water put into the distribution system and the amount of water billed to consumers remains a challenge for many communities today, especially in developing countries. Some of the top concerns of the Municipalities and Government bodies include managing capital and operational costs; water loss (also known as non-revenue water) due to leaks and other system failures; and water scarcity/conservation. Effective management of water supply systems consists in supplying adequate quantities of clean water to the population.

The use of smart infrastructure in the water industry is the need of the hour. Water utilities can use smart technology to address these challenges. Smart water and water management appear to be on the government agenda with the rollout of the smart cities blueprint.

Day 2 of our International Conference will provide the authoritative platform for Water Professionals, Municipalities and Government Bodies to discuss the issues faced by the Indian Utilities that includes problems in Community water supply, sanitation and water loss management, and some pertinent global challenges that demands smart solutions for today and planning for tomorrow. The sessions are intended to present and discuss the latest developments, strategies, techniques and applications of international best practices in water loss assessment, management, leakage reduction, control and improvement of metering.

TOPICS AND SESSIONS:

Sessions 1: Community water supply, drinking water and sanitation: Situation in India today
Session 2: Water supply distribution network: Problems, solutions and successful case studies in Indian utilities
Session 3: Water losses & non revenue water: Current state and concerns
Session 4: Digital future for water utilities in India: Latest innovations in AMI/ smart water metering, communication networks, leakage detection and analytics