28 Oct 2013 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 28 OCT (NAMPA) Many successful water reuse projects around the world have demonstrated that water recycling is a proven water scarcity solution.
The Chairperson of the International Water Association (IWA) Water Reuse Specialist Group, Valentina Lazarova made the statement on Monday during the official opening of the 9th IWA Conference on Water Reclamation underway here.
The four-day conference has brought together experts on water recycling from places as far away as the United States of America (USA), Europe, South America, Japan, China, Singapore, Australia, Mexico and South Africa.
Water recycling is an essential tool for mitigating the impacts of climate change on the diminishing available fresh water resources, and is of extreme importance for the protection of the planets biosphere, she said.
Lazarova said Windhoek is a pioneer of sustainable water management and potable reuse with over 40 years in the forefront of innovation, science advancement and practical experience from which the world continues to learn.
She noted that water reuse is becoming more sustainable.
The IWA Water Reuse Specialist Group has created locally-tailored solutions with relatively simple small-scale technologies based on natural processes.
The accelerated application of these technologies brings the need for more efficient and cost-effective energy use, Lazarova indicated.
She said the water reuse plants of the future are aiming to be carbon-neutral and reliant on autonomous energy supply, rather than use of energy from the power grit.
While requiring investment, the long-term strategy of energy self-reliance and use of alternative energy sources is expected to pay both environmental and social dividends, said Lazarova.
The Water Reuse Group is the largest specialist group of the IWA with representatives from over 100 countries.
With its diversified and comprehensive efforts and activities, the group has put itself in a key leadership role in shaping the future of sustainable water supply for municipalities, industries, economies and the environment.
The opening event was attended by Windhoek mayor Agnes Kafula, Governor of the Khomas Region Laura Macleod-Katjirua, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa and Executive Director of IWA Dr Ger Bergkamp.