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Water industry urged to maximise its energy potential

The water industry should work together to maximize the potential to produce its own energy, expert Paul Street told Stockholm World Water Week attendees yesterday.

Black & Veatch director of sustainable solutions Street said the water and wastewater industry is unique in having the potential to produce much of its own energy.

But he said there is currently a wide variation in the efficiency of energy and natural resource use by the industry.

He recommended that industry leaders urgently work together to maximize the great opportunities for holistic and integrated solutions that exist at the nexus of water and energy.

Sustainable solutions

As part of World Water Week held this week in Stockholm, Sweden, six water and wastewater industry experts presented a groundbreaking seminar Tuesday that explored future sustainable solutions to the world’s water problems.

The seminar explored the role of energy management, reuse, desalination and advanced technologies for infrastructure and treatment improvements.

McKinsey & Company expert associate principal Giulio Boccaletti, another speaker, told the seminar that if nothing is done, demand for water in 2030 will outstrip current supply by 40%. He said the old approach, focused on supply-side interventions, is unlikely to be enough to solve the problem.

This year marked the 20th anniversary of World Water Week. Among the sponsors of Stockholm World Water Week were Black & Veatch, ITT, Siemens and WEF. ITT, Siemens and WEF are among the Founders of the Stockholm Water Prize; and ITT is a global sponsor of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

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