New technology to be discussed at water conference

Pretoria - Water supply, resource management and sustainability in the water industry are among the top issues to be covered during the Vietnam Water Industry Conference.

Themed, "Green Technologies & Solutions for a Sustainable Water Industry", the three-day conference to be held in Ho Chi Minh City will run from 10 to 12 November 2010.

It will focus on emerging technologies and advances that are eco-friendly, energy efficient as well as management best practices.

The South African delegation will be led by Deputy Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs, Rejoice Mabudafhasi.

Making clean, potable water available to everyone is one of SA's key priorities. South Africa is largely a semi-arid, water-stressed country. The country's average rainfall of about 450mm a year is well below the world average of about 860mm a year.

South Africa has a National Water Resource Strategy, which was approved in September 2004. It describes how South Africa's water resources will be protected, used, developed, conserved, managed and controlled in accordance with the requirements of the National Water Policy.

The South African government and Vietnam recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Water Cooperation.

Other topics that feature prominently on the conference agenda include monitoring and control, water loss prevention, water quality and safety, investments and partnership opportunities.

Professionals in the industry will also get a chance to exhibit inventions and latest technologies.

- BuaNews