• Lead-organizer: Israel
  • 17:00 - 18:30
  • Date: 20 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-B

Sharing and Partnering in Urban Water Solutions

Organizing partners

Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, State of Israel


The side event is based on Israel's long experience in the water arena and especially in the field of Urban Water Solutions.

Urban water will be critical for global development in the 21st century. Half of the world's population already lives in cities. Urban water infrastructure is decaying and will need to be replaced. Existing systems lack the sophistication and integration with data that the latest technology can offer.

Israel has long played a major role in creating smart urban water systems for both developed and developing countries. Israel is actively cooperating with developing countries to ensure safe and accessible urban water. For example, we have a bilateral agreement with India's Ministry of Urban Development on water issues and with SABESP in Brazil to name a few.

Detailed programme

The side event will address:
Water loss monitoring and prevention systems Water loss plagues water delivery systems worldwide. Even in the capitals of developed countries, water loss can reach 30%. In developing countries, the loss numbers rise to 60% and higher. Finding ways to mitigate water loss, especially in light of water shortages and the massive energy invested to purify it, is critical. The panel's experts will discuss methods for reducing water loss in developed and developing countries, potentially reaching as little as 10% as is the case in Israel today.
Water management The water loss discussion has given rise to the understanding that water systems require a holistic approach. A systems approach to water infrastructure integrates the pipes and valves with real-time monitoring and advanced statistical analysis, giving water utilities the power to manage the entire network effectively and efficiently.
Water supply As water scarcity increases, countries need to think creatively about developing new sources of water and integrating their supply. The Israeli case can be instructive. Israel depends on aquifers, natural reservoirs, treated wastewater and desalination for its supply. The transition to multiple and varied sources has required massive infrastructure investment, and serious thought on the appropriate way to balance multiple sources while still providing safe and clean drinking water to citizens.
Water quality Providing safe and clean water to citizens requires constant attention and investment, especially when there are multiple sources in the network. The panel will address the management of a distributed monitoring and purification system.
Wastewater treatment Industrial and municipal sewage poses serious health and environmental hazards in developing countries. However, with creative solutions, this water can be treated to drinking quality as another source of water.
Wastewater reuse Israel has pioneered the reuse of wastewater, turning it from an unwanted byproduct to a valuable asset. The panel will discuss the methods and techniques, many of them available to developing countries, to recover wastewater and use it again for agricultural irrigation.

Organizers: Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, State of Israel


Opening remarks- GiladErdan, Minister of Environmental Protection
Short movie about Israeli water technologies
Oded Distel, Director of Israel NewTech, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor
Miki Zayda, Israel National Water Authority
Rafi Ifergan, CTO, Mekorot, Israel's National Water Company
Marcelo Morgado, Manager of Environment, SABESP
Panel discussion

The Proposal of Israel is presented by Israel NewTech, The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor

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