Water Journal : Water Journal September 2015
12 Industry News water september 2015 LEADERS SEEK SOLUTIONS AT WORLD WATER WEEK World leaders, water experts and development professionals met in Stockholm, Sweden, in August to jointly attempt to find solutions to the world's escalating water crises. The 2015 World Water Week, themed ‘Water for Development’, welcomed over 3,000 participants from more than 120 countries, representing governments, academia, international organisations, civil society and the corporate sector. Water is the foundation for all human and societal progress. Soon, a decision on the Sustainable Development Goals will be followed by a new climate deal at COP21. Water's role in these processes is crucial. With water availability severely altered by climate change, and a growing world population needing more food, time is not on our side. "From the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, to São Paulo, California and China, people's perseverance is being tested,” said Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of SIWI. “We can no longer take a steady water supply for granted." The Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, said, "When the international community is shaping a new sustainable development agenda, water management and allocation must be at its heart. Not only as a separate goal but as an essential vehicle for development and health." Talking about climate change and the effect it has on his small island nation, the President of the Marshall Islands, Christopher J Loeak remarked: "As the leader of my country I cannot look my people in the eyes and with good conscience say that everything will be OK when I know the world continues to travel down a very destructive path." The Prime Minister of Jordan, Abdulla Ensour, described the extreme pressure his country is under due to the combination of water scarcity and a large refugee population. For more information please go to www.worldwaterweek.org CH2M WINS 2015 STOCKHOLM INDUSTRY WATER AWARD CH2M has won the 2015 Stockholm Industry Water Award (SIWA) at World Water Week for developing and advancing methods to clean water and increase public acceptance of recycled water. This award is given annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute and honours outstanding and transformative water achievements by companies that contribute to sustainable water management. “CH2M has long recognised that our global community cannot afford to use water once and dispose of it – freshwater sources are too precious and growing more scarce,” said Greg McIntyre, CH2M Global Water Business Group President. “We are proud to receive the 2015 Stockholm Industry Award for our leadership in the evolution and acceptance of purifying wastewater effluent to create drinking water.” CH2M has invented, implemented and refined methods for cleaning used water back to drinking water quality. But since this water is only valuable if people actually use it, the company has also put significant and successful effort into building public understanding and acceptance. They pioneered the application of social science research to better understand the underlying reasons for why people reject the notion of reuse and what might be done to change that mindset. This research, combined with demonstrations, education and transparency, has dispelled myths around use of treated wastewater and paved the way for a surge in interest in, and acceptance of, potable reuse. “Our planet does not hold any enormous, unknown sources of freshwater. We have to live with what we have. With growing populations and more unreliable precipitation patterns, it is essential to increase our reuse of water in the future,” said SIWI’s Executive Director Torgny Holmgren, adding: “CH2M has understood this. In working for public acceptance of drinking treated wastewater, they have taken a step beyond engineering, and shown impressive commitment to wise water management.” COULD UNITED STATES CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION BE A SIGN THE WORLD IS MOVING AWAY FROM FOSSIL FUELS? The contrast between US and Australian action on climate change could not be more striking, according to Oxfam Australia’s climate change policy advisor, Dr Simon Bradshaw, following the recent announcement by US President Barack Obama of new environmental regulations that will force power stations to cut emissions by 32 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030. The new policy is a strengthening of the previous proposal of a 30 per cent cut in emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. “While the Australian Government continues to undermine renewable energy and pander to the fossil fuel industry, the US is making significant efforts to reduce the emissions from its power sector, ramp up renewable energy and energy efficiency, and move more rapidly away from coal,” Dr Bradshaw said. the 2015 World Water Week, themed ‘Water For Development’, attracted participants from more than 120 countries.
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