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Vol 01 No 5 April 2018 Pages 60

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Mayur Sharma*



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KNOWING OUR WATERS By Australian Water Partnership (AWP)

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39 MARKET INSIGHTS By Frost & Sullivan

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By WaterAid

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Senior Executive - Online




Pushkar Worlikar

Organized by The Indian Express Group and Express Water, Jal Sabha brought together top decision- makers from the Indian Municipal Corporations tasked with managing the water and sewage networks within the urban local bodies.

Executive - Online

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EDITOR’S NOTE JAL SABHA In this issue, we are covering the 2018 edition of Jal



In this issue, we are covering the 2018 edition of Jal Sabha (8-9 March, Pune), the first big water event organized by Express Water. Jal Sabha is a forum ex- clusively designed for the heads of the water supply and sewage departments of Municipal Corporations. In this -by invite only- forum, top municipal profes- sionals from different states and cities came together to debate and discuss issues faced by the corpora- tions around water supply and sewage, 24x7 water supply, smart metering, STPs (financing, and decen- tralized STPs), among others. Rajendra Jagtap, CEO - Pune Smart City, was the keynote speaker. High- lights of the event were engaging panel discussions on smart cities, safe drinking water, and recycle & reuse of sewage. The event concluded with Smart In- frastructure Innovation Awards. The success of this event clearly highlights the growing needs and chal- lenges prevailing in the Indian Municipal Water seg- ment. The positive interest of International Water Com- panies in the Indian Water Sector can also be seen by the recent updates on new projects, contracts and ex- pansion plans of companies. We’ve included these up- dates in News and Market sections this month. All our monthly columns prove to be a very inter- esting read this month. The WaterAid column re- members the noted environmentalist Anupam Mishra and his ideas on water (he wrote classics like ‘Rajasthan Ki Rajat Boondein’ and ‘Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talab’ highlighting how from centuries commu- nities with their immense wisdom managed water through traditional rainwater harvesting systems, pond creation, community forestry, etc). Frost & Sullivan column in this issue focuses on Global Water and Wa stewater Disinfection Market.

focuses on Global Water and Wa stewater Disinfection Market. “Clean water,the essence of life and a

“Clean water,the essence of life and a birthright for everyone,must become available to all people now.”

- Jean-Michel Cousteau

It specifically says that the advanced disinfection technology, UV-LED is gradually but surely replac- ing chlorination as a reliable and sustainable disin- fectant. UV and Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) disinfection is expected to constitute 34% of the to- tal disinfection market share by 2024. Globally, women only make up 17% of the paid workforce in the water sector. Despite their vast expe- rience with water management, women have been consistently excluded from professionally entering this sector. The column by Australian Water Partner- ship (AWP) looks at the involvement of women in wa- ter utilities & upper leadership roles. Ensuring access to good quality water can be a challenge due to economic as well as domestic activ- ities impacting the quality of surface and groundwa- ter supplies, as per the column by Robert Brears this month. Hence, to avoid having to develop new water supplies due to contamination a number of jurisdic- tions are turning to water source protection meth- ods which involve the protection of surface water sources and the protection of groundwater sources from contamination of any kind. In our May issue, we will focus on “Water Loss” (non-revenue water, leakage detection & control, pressure management, water-supply efficiency, soft- ware modelling, smart water networks, etc). I wel- come editorial contributions on this and all other top- ics which you find significant for the water sector. Keep sending me your updates on new water & wastewater projects, policies and people.






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Fluence’s NIROBOX™ Continues to Expand its Global Reach

AquaVenture Holdings to Acquire Majority Interest in Desalination Plant in Ghana

EW Staff CEO Henry Charrabé said: In the Philippines, Fluence

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CEO Henry Charrabé said:

In the Philippines, Fluence

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dents of Accra. The base pur- chase price for this interest is approximately USD 26 mil- lion, subject to adjustment in accordance with the purchase agreement. Completion of the purchase, which is expected to occur by the end of the second quarter of 2018, is subject to the satisfaction of certain con- ditions precedent. Doug Brown, Chairman, and CEO of AquaVenture Holdings, commented: "We are excited about this project. This will be our first desalina- tion plant in Africa. The acquisition will expand our base of facilities that provide WAAS solutions to our cus- tomers. We look forward to working with the project stakeholders in completing the various conditions to clos- ing and becoming a long-term partner to the Government of Ghana for water treatment and services."


AQ UAV E N T U R E HOLDINGS LIMITED has entered into a binding agree- ment with Abengoa Water, S.L.U. to purchase a majority interest in a desalination plant in Accra, Ghana. The plant has the capacity to deliver approximately 18.5 million gal- lons (60,000 m 3 ) per day of potable water to Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) under a long-term, U.S. dollar- denominated water purchase agreement. Political risk insurance is provided to the project lenders and project equity sponsors by Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a division of the World Bank. The facility has been opera- tional since 2015 and, through its customer, supplies water to approximately 500,000 resi-


“Fluence’s decentralized treat- ment solutions continue to pro- vide fast, effective options for production of potable water around the globe. Our entry into the Philippines with com- missioning undertaken one week after order receipt, and further growth in Argentina, clearly show the increasingly global reach of the NIROBOX™ family of water treatment solu- tions, as well as the versatility of treatment options available from Fluence.”

provided a Nirobox SW (sea- water) unit to a new resort facility, to produce 1,000 m3/day of desalinated, potable water for consumption. The unit was installed and operat- ing within one week of receiv- ing the order. In Argentina, Fluence Corporation will provide its first two Nirobox BW (brackish water) units in South America to the Municipality of Berazategui, in the province of Buenos Aires.

FLUENCE CORPORATION LIMITED has announced its continued global growth strat- egy (entering the Philippines, and further growth in Argentina) with agreements to provide its award-winning NIROBOX™ smart decentral- ized water treatment solution. Commenting on the contin- ued expansion of Fluence’s NIROBOX solution, the compa- ny’s Managing Director and

EvoquaAcquires Pacific OzoneTechnology to Expand Industrial DisinfectionTreatment Solutions

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and further underscores the company’s industry-leading capabilities in the water treat- ment market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pacific Ozone Technology Inc, serves the beverage, food processing, high purity, textile, ground remediation and aqua- culture markets globally. It serves its customer base with state-of-the-art ozone generator systems, ozone test kits and field service support. Their Floating Plate

Technology produces reliable and efficient ozone generation in an economical, air-cooled system. It will become a part of Evoqua’s Products segment, which specializes in innova- tive water disinfection tech- nologies and global service and support. “We are excited to wel- come Pacific Ozone to the Evoqua family,” said Ron Keating, Evoqua CEO. “The addition of ozone technology

to our current offering of dis- infection solutions is consis- tent with our acquisition strategy to broaden our tech- nology offerings and fill cur- rent product portfolio gaps. We are excited to market Pacific Ozone as an Evoqua brand to our industrial cus- tomer base.” Ozone technology is widely used throughout key industri- al markets and can be added at several points throughout the treatment system - such

as during pre-oxidation, inter- mediate oxidation or final dis- infection. The acquisition of Pacific Ozone marks the second transaction by Evoqua in 2018 and the 10th acquisition by the company in the past two years. The brand will join Evoqua’s stable of disinfection brands which includes Wallace & Tiernan® systems, and ETS™, Barrier®, and Delta® UV products.


EVOQUA WATER TECHNOLOGIES Corp. has acquired privately held Pacific Ozone Technology, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced ozone disinfection systems, testing products and support services for a wide range of industrial applications. The acquisition adds a new technology - ozone disinfec- tion - to the Evoqua portfolio

April, 2018applications. The acquisition adds a new technology - ozone disinfec- tion - to the Evoqua portfolio



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tion agreement for the Aquaporin Inside™ forward osmosis technology within the fields of wastewater treat- ment and process application for industrial and commercial segments. “The Indian market is of high interest for the Aquaporin Group. India faces increasing challenges in water quality and health due to rapid urbanization. As a result, the governmental legislation has been rolled out across India to limit the wastewater dis- charge and reduce contami- nant levels. Traditional waste- water reduction technologies come at high OPEX & CAPEX costs, which is now - more than ever - fueling a drive for the innovative cost-effective

technologies. The Aquaporin Inside™ technology can serve as a very effective solution”, Mark Perry, Vice President of Business & Sales in Aquaporin Asia comments. Business Development Director in Goldfinch, Santosh Bhide continues “With increased awareness and stricter regulatory requirements, innovative processes offer the key for compliance to Indian industry. Goldfinch visualizes that Aquaporin FO offers energy saving solution for optimizing the CAPEX and OPEX for wastewater treatment and recycling, and we also foresee many potential applications both in-process and end of the pipe.”


INDIA IS ACTING to solve the country’s water & waste- water challenges. Annual investments in water & waste- water treatment systems cur- rently exceed DKK 9 billion and are expected to increase to DKK 12 billion by 2020. The Aquaporin Inside™ Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis product is ideally positioned to capture the shares of this highly attractive market and is already now being implemented as an inte- gral part of sustainable solu- tions to India’s water chal- lenges. Aquaporin and Goldfinch, India, have signed a distribu-

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INDIAN PUMP MANUFACTURERS' Association (IPMA) Solar Sub-committee’ technical meeting was recently arranged in

April, 2018Sub-committee’ technical meeting was recently arranged in Ahmedabad on 10 March 2018 to discuss MNRE’s new

Ahmedabad on 10 March 2018 to discuss MNRE’s new standards on “Testing Protocol and Benchmarking Criterion for Solar Water Pumping Systems”, and “Solar Photovoltaic Water Pumping Systems” to be implemented w.e.f 1 April 2018 and also to check its harmo- nization with proposed Indian Standards on “Solar Photovoltaic Water Pumping Systems- Part 1-Centrifugal Pumps Specification”. Clause-wise joint comments of IPMA, SIEMA & REA, against MNRE’s new “Testing Protocol and Benchmarking Criterion for Solar Water Pumping Systems”, were submitted to MNRE on 12 March 2018. The response is awaited from MNRE. Indian Pump Manufacturers' Association (IPMA), established in 1951, is working for the growth of pump and motor manufacturers.

L&TConstructionWins Orders Worth Rs.3,687 Crores in Water & EffluentTreatment Business Segments

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TWO EPC ORDERS, worth Rs. 949 crore, have been secured from Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board for 'Providing Underground Drainage Facilities (Laterals) to Bommanahalli, RR Nagar & Dasarahalli Zone coming under 110 Villages of BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike)', in Bengaluru. Another order has been secured from Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Limited for the execution of 'Bhima Lift Irrigation Project on turnkey basis.' Three other orders worth Rs. 1,058 crore include an EPC order which has been secured from Udaipur Smart City Limited for 'Integrated Infrastructure package of the ABD area of Udaipur City.' It is the first of its kind brownfield project for the development of smart infrastructure in the city. Another order has been secured from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, Odisha for providing water supply to Narasingpur, Badampa, Balikuda, Erasma and Naugaon blocks of Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur districts in Odisha. The Dholera Industrial City Development Limited has awarded the work for design & construction of Industrial Effluent Pumping Stations, Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), Master Balancing Reservoir - Recycled Water and Pumping Station at Dholera, Gujarat. The Water & Effluent Treatment business of L&T Construction has secured EPC orders worth Rs. 1,680 Crore

from Pune Municipal Corporation for Study, Survey, Investigation, Assessment, Design Validation and Revamping of the entire Water Supply System for Pune City. Pune Municipal Corporation has launched an ambitious plan to transform the prevail- ing intermittent water supply into the 24x7 pressurized water supply and to implement 100% smart metering covering every household in Pune City over the next 5 years. The scheme envisages to substan- tially reduce the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) of the city by plugging losses and upgrading the entire water supply sys- tem. Pune is the first metropol- itan city in India that will exe- cute a project of this nature at such a large scale. “We are delighted to have bagged this very prestigious order which has the potential to be a game- changer in the realm of water infrastructure development,” said S. Rajavel, Senior Vice President & Head - Water & Smart World Communication, L&T Construction. “With potable water becoming increasingly scarce globally, Pune city is leading the way with this ambitious project which also reaffirms our status as one of the foremost providers of vital water infra- structure in the country.” The scope of the project includes supply, laying, testing and com- missioning of water transmis- sion pipelines, optical fiber cable ducts, construction of sumps & house service connec- tions along with water audit, Non-Revenue Water Reduction, SCADA, bill read- ing & generation and other associated electromechanical & instrumentation works.



Tahal Group Secures USD 28 Million Contract for aWater Supply System in India

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will enable TAHAL to contin- ue operating in Karnataka in the next few years, even after successful completion of the Gadag project in the coming months." TAHAL Group has won a USD 28 million tender for upgrading and operating a large-scale water supply sys- tem for the city of Bangalore, Karnataka. This is the seventh project in India awarded to TAHAL, following four water supply projects and one undertaking involving natural gas infra- structure in 2017. Altogether, TAHAL has clinched assignments in India

valued at more than USD 240 million during the past three years. The project, to be carried out for Karnataka State Water and Sewage Company, will include renovation, expansion, upgrading and operation of the water supply system in the city of Bangalore, with a popu- lation of 11 million. The system will supply water to 42,000 households and is expected to include about 400 km of new transmission mains, advanced systems for reducing and pre- venting leakages and other water losses, and monitoring and control systems for opera- tional support. The construc-

tion works are expected to last approximately 36 months, and a 12-month operation and maintenance period will be in effect following the handover of the project to the client. In November 2017, the company won a USD 29 mil- lion contract for construction of a water supply system to serve some 85,000 house- holds, financed by IBRD and the World Bank. In September 2017, it won two turnkey proj- ects, including design and construction of water treat- ment and supply systems in the city of Nirsa, the state of Jharkhand, totalling USD 80 million. The two projects

together are expected to sup-


ply water to approximately 127,000 households. Saar Bracha, President & CEO of TAHAL Group, states:

TAHAL GROUP, THROUGH its subsidiary TAHAL India, is already engaged in six differ- ent infrastructural projects in India, and its backlog of work for immediate execution there, after signing the agree- ment, will be USD 170 million. Saar Bracha, TAHAL Group's President & CEO said: "2017 was the best year for TAHAL in India, with unprecedented sales totalling over US$ 35 million, and a backlog of new orders amounting to more than US$ 140 million. The new project

"TAHAL Group is one of the largest Israeli infrastructure companies operating in India. This is the fifth contract to be awarded to us in the past few months and our current work in India is valued at over USD 170 million. The Indian gov- ernment is planning huge investments to the tune of USD 31 billion in the develop- ment of water supply and agricultural systems, and TAHAL is well positioned to realize this huge potential.

HunterWater to PilotTaKaDu as Part of its DriveTowardsTotal Efficiency

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of issues like leaks, bursts and faults in almost real-time – fix- ing any problems quickly and preventing service interrup- tions.” TaKadu’s cloud-based service enables utilities to detect, analyze and manage network events and incidents such as leaks, bursts, faulty assets, telemetry/data issues, operational failures, and more. Amir Peleg, TaKaDu’s Founder & CEO, said, “Hunter Water is recognized as one of the most progressive water utilities in Australia. We’re delighted to add them to our global customer base, repre- senting our seventh customer in Australia spanning water utilities across Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. It’s encouraging to see Australian utilities taking important strides towards water efficiency using digital solutions like ours to drive operational change and empower their workforce.”


THE SECOND LARGEST water utility in New South Wales, Australia, Hunter Water Corporation, has select- ed TaKaDu’s Integrated Event Management solution as part of its concerted efforts to achieve total water efficiency. Serving around 600,000 peo- ple, Hunter Water is deploying TaKaDu’s technology with predictive analytics to give them greater visibility of its water network, tackle data sources and reduce water loss. Richard Harris, Chief Information Officer at Hunter Water, said, “We are commit- ted to saving water to provide our customers with affordable products and services.” “To achieve this aim we actively invest in new innova- tions and by using TaKaDu’s technology, we can extract the most value from all our data sources and address all types


2018 Lee Kuan YewWater Prize Laureate Honoured for Revolutionizing FightAgainst Waterborne Diseases

for Revolutionizing FightAgainst Waterborne Diseases EW Staff Singapore Professor Rita R. Colwell has been

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Professor Rita R. Colwell

has been announced as the recipient of the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize


Professor Colwell’s accom- plishments and commitment

to the pursuit of science and its application have been exceptional. Over her immensely rich and multi-faceted career which continues till today, she has benefited the lives of mil- lions worldwide through her pioneering insights into microbial water quality sur-

veillance and her tireless efforts in building upon these insights to transform the sur- veillance and control of cholera and other waterborne diseases. In addition to her seminal scientific contributions, Professor Rita Colwell is also an influential scientific advi- sor and public administrator who has led and shaped policy and practice through the numerous advisory and lead- ership positions she held in the U.S. Government, non- profit organizations, as well as various scientific advisory boards. Her work spans the globe, from Africa, Bangladesh, India, Singapore to Central and South America, where she has advised governments and communities in tackling cholera and other waterborne diseases.

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subsidiary of WaterHealth

private institutions or any high footfall location where consumers are able to pur- chase purified water ranging in amounts from 300ml to 5 liters. Most consumers carry their own bottles and

global challenges,” said Ray W. Washburne, OPIC President and CEO. “By increasing access to clean water, the project will improve the health and quali- ty of life for millions of Indians, particularly women who typically have the pri- mary responsibility for obtaining and managing the household water supply.” “WaterHealth International has been committed to improving access to safe and affordable drinking water for

underserved consumers for over a decade. During that time, we have built the world’s lowest cost, global operating platform for decentralized water purification plants,” said Sanjay Bhatnagar, CEO of WaterHealth International. OPIC’s loan to WaterHealth was committed under OPIC’s new 2X Global Women’s Initiative to mobi- lize $1 billion to invest in women and unlock the eco- nomic opportunity they rep- resent.

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International, Inc. of Irvine, California, will help finance the installation of as many as 900 decentralized plants that purify the water on site and

THE OVERSEAS PRIVATE Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, has com- mitted a $12.5 million (Rs. 80 crores) loan to a project that will expand access to afford- able clean drinking water to millions of low and middle- income people in India. OPIC’s loan to WaterHealth India Pvt. Ltd.,

sell it at a price that is three


four times lower than bot-

WaterHealth refills them, but consumers may also pur- chase reusable bottles. “This project offers an innovative approach to mak- ing safe water more available and affordable and illustrates how businesses can develop new solutions to longstanding

tled water alternatives cur- rently available in the mar- ketplace. These WaterHealth Vending Machines (WVM) are installed at locations like railway stations, bus stations, shopping malls, public and

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GRUNDFOS HAS GAINED significant mar- ket share by managing to grow sales organical- ly by 5.3%. Profitability and cash flow have con- tinued to be strengthened in 2017. With a turnover of DKK 25.6bn, 2017 was the strongest year ever in Grundfos history. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) amounted to DKK 2.346bn (9.2% of net turnover). “We are very satisfied with the result. We have achieved the highest turnover in company history, our sales growth far exceeded the mar- ket trend, and we are well on our way to our 2020 ambition of an EBIT ratio of 10% or high-

April, 2018way to our 2020 ambition of an EBIT ratio of 10% or high- er,” says Group

er,” says Group President Mads Nipper. Growth was generally strong across the world, but particularly China contributed with very high growth rates. In China, Grundfos fur- ther expanded with more sales offices across China, and succeeded in offering solutions to support China’s plans to reduce its energy con- sumption significantly. European markets, including the UK, Spain, France and several Eastern European coun- tries, showed solid growth, and the important Russian market recovered after several years of decline. Despite challenging market condi- tions, growth was also delivered in the USA. In South America, we have been able to gain mar- ket share despite difficulties in the Brazilian market. Sales also increased in countries such as Australia, Japan, India and Korea, where Grundfos is a large-scale supplier to the machine tool industry. “During the year, we have made consider- able investments in initiatives aimed at strengthening our competitiveness. We have launched new products and solutions. By investing heavily in our global service business, we have strengthened our ability to offer inno- vative and high-quality services to our cus- tomers. Our ambition is to offer the best digital customer experience on the market. This requires considerable investments in a broad range of digital tools and solutions. Furthermore, we are collaborating closely with our customers to understand how we can best create value through digital solutions that fur- ther strengthen our core business,” explains Mads Nipper.

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ENERGY RECOVERY, INC. has announced total awards of $4 million to supply its PX® Pressure Exchanger® tech- nology for desalination proj- ects in Egypt. The orders are expected to ship in the 1st half of 2018. Energy Recovery will sup- ply its PX-Q300 Pressure Exchangers for multiple desalination facilities in Egypt, which will produce up to 160,000 cubic meters of water per day. Energy Recovery estimates the PX devices will reduce the facili- ties' combined power con- sumption by 15.6 MW, saving over 134.5 GWh of energy per year, and helping the facili-

ties avoid over 80,400 tons of CO2 emissions per year. Energy Recovery's President and CEO Chris Gannon stated, "These recent awards are the direct result of the dedicated efforts of our water team and an indication of Energy Recovery's continuing strength in the global desali- nation market. As we have emphasized in our most recent earnings call, we are laser-focused throughout 2018 on supporting and growing our desalination business and unlocking pre- viously untapped market potential through packaged solutions and offerings like the Prime Performance Energy Services Agreement."




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SUEZ Group has been present in India for more than 30 years now. It has designed and built more than 250 water and wastewater treatment plants and currently operates 23 of them. SUEZ also plays the role of a water services provider for major municipalities such as Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Kolkata. Its activities contribute towards the distribution of 5 billion litres of drinking water to over 44 million people every day. The wastewater treatment services of the plants built and managed by the company serve some 5.5 million inhabitants. Its water services expertise has benefitted 15 million people across major metros in India, and it employs over 900 professionals in the country.



With over 30 years of experience of working with municipal corporations in India, we have solid understanding of the market needs and the ability to provide sustainable solutions based on excellent customer service and commercial efficiency.

Recently India has been trying to position itself as a leader on climate change in the global arena. How do you see SUEZ's role in sup- porting the Government of India's efforts?

Shyam Bhan: Today, India is going through major environmental challenges resulting from the exponen- tial growth in population, exploding urbanization, cli- mate change, scarcity of resources, etc. As a global leader in water and waste resource management with over 30 years of experience of working with municipal corporations in India, we have solid understanding of the market needs and the ability to provide sustain- able solutions based on excellent customer service and commercial efficiency. We are confident that with this, we will be able to pro- vide smarter and sustain- able solutions in some key areas like waste manage- ment desalination, waste- water treatment industrial water, water distribution, network operation, etc.

SUEZ has been in India for 30 years. How has the jour- ney been so far?

Shyam Bhan: Over the last three decades, we have built more than 750 state-


of-the-art water and wastewater treatment plants for local authorities and industries. SUEZ activi- ties contribute towards the distribution of 5 billion litres of drinking water every day to over 44 million people in India. The wastewater treat- ment services of the plants built and managed by the company serve some 7.5 million inhabitants. More than one-third of popula- tion in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore drink water pro- duced from plants built by SUEZ. From being the market leader of Design, Build and Operation of water and wastewater treatment infrastructure over the last three decades, SUEZ has now established itself as the leader of water distribu- tion and services business. Apart from working with utilities in cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, etc., the company recently won two major long-term water services contracts worth 500 million Euros in Coimbatore and Davangere. These two projects can potentially become excel- lent templates for replica- tion in other parts of the country. These cities will benefit from SUEZ's expert- ise, world-class technolo- gies and operational excel- lence, making a direct impact on millions of peo- ple by supplying safe drink- ing water and ensuring much improved interface with the utilities' staff for their grievances and issues and better revenue man- agement for the local authorities.

You are a veteran in the en- vironment industry with more than 25 years of ex- perience.What steps must the government take to motivate more private sec- tor investment in waste management?

Shyam Bhan: I believe that the investment climate at the municipal level needs to be improved significantly

before private sector investments in waste man- agement projects become viable. The payment securi- ty mechanism continues to be a serious issue. It is very important to ensure sus- tainable cash flows for the municipality, including user charges for all municipal services, which are ring- fenced for timely project payments. Almost all waste man- agement projects have failed in the last two decades and there is need to develop some marquee projects for demonstration effect. In this context, the

projects for demonstration effect. In this context, the We have played a role in transforming India's

We have played a role in transforming India's water sector.

government should develop model contract agreement for integrated waste man- agement, including resource recovery and waste to energy plants, giv- ing due importance to proj- ect viability. Land acquisition for waste projects is a major issue, and many municipal waste management proj- ects are facing delays due to this problem. Our sug- gestion is to have a Regulator at Federal and/or State Government to assist cities in development and execution of these projects.

Do you see much growth for water companies? What are some of your recom- mendations to improve the water sector?

Shyam Bhan: As digital technology enhances citi- zens' access to information, they are increasingly expressing their concerns for environment and calling on public and private actors to act more responsibly. The global aspiration for a

less resource-intensive and environmentally- friendly growth model have led to evolution of stricter environmental regulations. These dynamics have creat- ed a potential market for environmental services companies like SUEZ. In India, there is over- emphasis on building new assets and less emphasis on long-term sustainability of existing assets through effective O&M practices. As an Operator, SUEZ always focuses on optimal usage of capital funds and works towards improved service delivery to the citizens. Our suggestion to cities and their utilities is to structure projects with performance orientation that directly benefits the citizens. Desalination plants in coastal cities should be developed with appropriate structuring of risk-reward balance for the private sec- tor. Blend AMRUT and other federal Government funds to make such projects viable on PPP basis. From our experience of working in various cities, we felt that there should be a nodal body to coordinate with all stakeholders for effective execution: city water distribution projects are complex and require permissions/permits from multiple public entities,

Apart from working with the utilities in Indian cities like New Delhi,Kolkata, Bengaluru,etc.,the company has recently won two major long-term water services contracts worth 500 million Euros in Coimbatore and Davangere.

In India,there is over- emphasis on building new assets and less emphasis on long- term sustainability of existing assets through effective O&M practices.Our suggestion is to structure projects with performance orientation that directly benefits the citizens.

such as state PWD, Traffic police, Municipal Corporations (water utility is often different from municipality in many states), Development Authorities, etc. Lack of coordination among these entities result in inordinate delay in road cutting and pipe laying activities.

What are some of the ob- jectives you have set for yourself?

Shyam Bhan: I believe companies like us have a lot

of potential to grow in India. We will keep on looking for fresh opportunities with our typical characteristic of a total service provider with proven global records, which does not believe in making compromises to bag anything. We want to grow in a sustainable and reasonably profitable man- ner. I am equally committed to the growth and develop- ment of our employees as I believe 'happy employees make happy customers'. Health and Safety and women empowerment are two areas which are very close to me and I would like to see SUEZ excel in these two areas.

(Source: The Indian Express)

April, 2018



Xylem Expands Presence in India

MARKET Xylem Expands Presence in India Xylem Leadership Team at the Launch of the India Technology

Xylem Leadership Team at the Launch of the India Technology Center in Bangalore

Expansion of India Opera- tions

Xylem Inc has announced the expansion of its India operations through the open- ing of an India Technology

and Customer Experience Center in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The launch fol- lows the opening of a similar technology center in Vadodara, Gujarat. At these

facilities, Xylem is bringing together a broad spectrum of competencies that are enabling it to accelerate the development of critical water and infrastructure solutions

Xylem India Technology Center in Vadodara

The Vadodara center was inaugurated by Dr. Vinod Rao, I.A.S, Commissioner, Vadodara Municipal Corporation and Patrick K Decker, President and CEO of Xylem. It will serve the growing demand from the municipal and industrial sectors across the state of Gujarat, offering smart water and wastewater management solutions. Located in Gorwa, it will develop solutions to meet the growing demand of the country’s water and wastewater challenges. With more than 200 technology specialists, it will focus on providing innovative and smart technology solutions that will accelerate the sustainable devel- opment of India. “The state of Gujarat is an important market for Xylem - one where we have a strong histo- ry as well as a promising growth plan ahead,” said Patrick Decker, President and CEO of Xylem. This technology center is IGBC-LEED Gold-rated and caters to India and its neighboring countries. Xylem also has built one of the world’s largest pump testing facility in Vadodara, with a capacity of 7.5 MW and 80,000 m3/hr. The facility is capable of testing vertical turbine pumps, horizontal split case pumps and dry pit sewage pumps along the parameters of performance, submergence, and reliability. “This new center further expands our presence in the state of Gujarat, enabling us to meet customers’ needs with timely, products and solutions from a single, experienced source. We look forward to partnering with the state and central government to offer innovative and cost-effec- tive solutions,” concluded H. Balasubramaniam, Managing Director, Xylem India.


for its customers in India and around the world. To propel the availability of safe water, Xylem India had begun the ‘Water for People’ initiative in 2017 to provide access to safe drinking water for nearly 3,000 community members across four schools and 19 communities in India

through the implementation of borehole systems, along with new and rehabilitated water points. The company continues to build on its other social initiatives like Xylem’s Essence of Life brand of prod- ucts, and its corporate citizen- ship program called ‘Watermark’.

Xylem India Technology Center in Bengaluru

The India Technology Center in Bengaluru was inaugurat- ed by Smt. K Ratna Prabha, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka and Patrick Decker, President and CEO of Xylem. The center will develop products and solutions with a focus on developing software and advanced infrastructure analytics. It will ultimately have over 400 engineers creating smart, innovative solutions to treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment, and to address critical energy resource infrastructure needs. The innovations creat- ed will be used in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services, along with agricultural set- tings embedding sustainability at the core of water manage- ment. For India, which currently uses 230-250 cubic kilome- ters of groundwater each year, the center is set to ease the burden of looming water scarcity that is anticipated due to rising urbanization and industrialization. “India has long been a focus for Xylem as the country steers towards the implementation of sustainable water man- agement solutions, leveraging technology to tackle the inher- ent waste that occurs in current processes. The tech-savvy solutions we develop will play a key role in helping to advance the national drive towards smart cities. Our expansion in India further supports the country’s economic growth through investment in manufacturing and technological tal- ent, and we look forward to building upon this work in the years to come,” said Patrick Decker, President and CEO of Xylem. Over the years, Xylem has executed major Lift Irrigation Projects in several states, executing more than 30 treatment projects in Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, and Rajasthan. Xylem is currently sourcing over USD 80 million from India for its global facilities in Europe, Asia, and the USA and will continue to develop suppliers to support global growth out of India, with plans to double the export from India over the next few years. “Since 2014, Xylem has generated double-digit growth in India with our product and solutions being installed in munic- ipal, irrigation and industrial sectors. Our technological solu- tions aim to enhance and achieve priorities like energy effi- ciency and water provision, which are critical for India’s eco- nomic growth. Our solutions for water and wastewater man- agement will help meet the rising demand, as the country is pacing towards rapid industrialization. This center in Bengaluru will help bridge the gap between water demand and supply, bringing greater efficiency in water management through technology” said H. Balasubramaniam, Managing Director, Xylem India.

April, 2018



Value of Water Should be Conveyed!

Prayas Goel is the Director at Rochem Separation System (India) Pvt. Ltd. Rochem and its group companies have been involved in the business of development, manufacturing and installation of waste water treatment and reuse systems for more than 27 years. The company produces Advanced Membrane Module Technology Based Separation Systems for recovery and reuse of difficult waste water and aims to be the primary source of effluent recycling, desalination and process separation technologies, and services for industries with difficult-to-handle waste water streams. Mayur Sharma talked to him about his journey in the water industry, ZLD, Rochem’s recent projects and future plans.

industry, ZLD, Rochem’s recent projects and future plans. Please tell us about your journey in the

Please tell us about your journey in the water indus- try. How has been your ex- perience so far?

Prayas: Our journey into this water and waste water market started from the desalination for off-shore and moved into the waste water recycling - which we had fore- seen 20 years back as being the future. We have been

April, 2018 , 2018

investing slowly and steadily in being able to directly recy- cle wastewater for industry into the now changing man- date, which you see especially in the coming future will be completely related to the onsite reuse of wastewater to meet your fresh water source. I started in this field work- ing on waste water treatment plants and recycle-plants in

various parts of the world including India and Europe. As a young mechanical engi- neer, getting in this field, I gained a lot of experience in recycling applications using membranes. Then I spent a lot of time on the development of membrane-based applications for textile, landfill leachate, sugar and distillery industries and we came up with solutions

for meeting these industrial requirements. It’s been challenging get- ting the market to commit to waste water recycling based on their responsibility to ensure that they are commit- ted to the environment.We have done a lot of innovative work, been associated with a lot of early-stage technologies as well and had a fair bit of failures but my belief is that you have to bring the tech- nologies to a scalable level into the market to really test it up and bring it out of the lab.

ZLD has been a hot topic for a few years now. How would you describe it in the context of your tech- nologies?

Prayas: For us, ZLD (Zero Liquid Discharge) started with looking at what we then perceived as a non-biodegrad- able waste. So, 15-20 years back if the waste water was treatable - that is bio-degrad- able - we would treat it biolog- ically and then send it into nature. But, there were the stream or sources of waste water which were non- biodegradable, and for such non-biodegradable sources then, the only option was that you concentrate them - sepa- rate the water out of it and then you concentrate the con- taminants and come into a zero liquid discharge kind of environment. That’s how it started off. And what it has evolved into today, I think of

waste water as a source of water. So, you are extracting all of the liquid to use back as a source of water and you end up into what we continue to call as zero liquid discharge. It may have started from pollu- tion and from environment but today, I don’t think its only environment driven anymore. In most of the markets we are working with now, people are realizing that we are driven by water demand and not driven by the fact that this is a non- biodegradable stream which otherwise we cannot let out to nature and hence we need to make it into zero liquid dis- charge scenario. We are also seeing a huge change in the fact that India has a big leadership position in ZLD and if you look at it in the global context, we are eas- ily hundred times ahead in terms of ZLD installations than anywhere else in the world. It’s a great opportunity for Indian technology providers, companies such as ourselves and others to be able to bring this expertise and solutions to other places in the world which are only now starting to realize that their Eco-system is also not able to absorb the impact of the industrialization of the domestic sewage or industrial waste water. So, right from North America to Europe to South America or even Africa, we are starting to see that there is a huge growth in the waste



water reuse, whether you call

Is there any difference in


able to reduce the base line

evaporator, followed by a

of the solution that you pro-

it Zero liquid discharge or minimum liquid discharge.

reaching to that level of zero liquid discharge when we talk specifically about

to as close to the theoretical values for energy consump- tion as we can.

I was a having discussion with your team about a Steel Project in Tarapur.

Prayas: It is a very inter-

dryer, and we were able to convert all the recycled water that their production unit pro- duces and end up with a dry powder as solid residue, which they send to a secured landfill. It is now in its second year,

vide - it’s all in the OPEX. For equipment such as multiple effect evaporators, we see the annual energy OPEX is as high as (in some cases) 80 per- cent of the CAPEX. Which means you are going to spend

state you can discharge waste water or we will give you

water, etc. We need to realize that the cost of this water is not what we are paying today. In some areas, the industries are paying even 28-35 rupees

cubic meter - still a fraction


your technology in terms of cost saving?

Please tell us a bit about it.

running very successfully and

80 percent of your CAPEX every year in just energy

of what it is costing the gov- ernment to deliver that water.

What are your plans for the

Prayas: Specifically in the Indian context, our continued lack of the correct pricing for water is an issue. We do have the situation where the indus-

esting project. Because it’s an isolated industry which need- ed to show independence as far as not relying on external discharge. They needed to

we are hopeful about repeat expansion of capacity as well.

Define ‘difficult waste wa- ter’ for our readers.What is the right way to treat it?

OPEX. So you have got to make the right decision in terms of what kind of product or what kind of solution you are looking at.

We foresee a day where we are able to go to a client and say, hey, you should reuse your water and do zero liquid dis- charge not only because it is

try looks at it as a non-produc- tive expense to invest in zero liquid discharge because our

show the reliability in saying that their operations are not dependent on what happens

Prayas: For us, difficult waste water is the waste water which is non-biodegrad-

Please tell us about any re- cent project you have done

good for the environment but because it’s also good for your balance sheet. If it’s economic

water is not priced properly.


the common effluent treat-

able. The other thought from

in the desalination & reuse

we don’t need to drive any-

The moment we start pricing

ment plant which they are

our company’s and our prod-


thing, people will do it because

our water properly, the sce- nario will change. But having said that and looking at what we need to do for the situation

sending their waste water to, or their operations are not reliant on their source of water which could be MIDC

ucts’ perspective is that diffi- cult waste water is the waste water which is not easy to treat with membrane.

Prayas: We have a very interesting project with a company which is into salt and bromine production in the

tides. This is a project to take

they will save money.

next 3-5 years?

which is prevailing today, our


anything else. They needed

Membranes have convention-

Kutch region of Gujarat. It is a

Prayas: We are mainly

focus is to look at the second biggest component of zero liq- uid discharge-OPEX - which is energy. Between 60-80 per-

show the reliability of oper-

ations to their customers who are following just-in-time pro- duction techniques. The crux


ally been used quite success- fully for water applications, desalination, drinking water, boiler water, DM water, but in

challenging project, given the high saline and variable quali- ty of feed water based on the

focusing on integrated solu- tions. We see our footprint in ZLD, especially in end-to-end ZLD growing. ROSERVE,

cent of the cost of zero liquid


the matter was that if their

difficult waste water, conven-

high saline seawater in that

which is another big initiative

discharge is energy and our focus has been to bring ener- gy-efficient technologies to zero liquid discharge to be able to bring down the overall cost or increasing your com- petitiveness of zero liquid dis- charge. Thus, we have a lot of

customers are going to rely on them for just-in-time delivery then it was needed to ensure that the business and the operation of the company are not at risk with any external condition with regard to water supply or waste water supply

tional membranes have not had a very good rate of suc- cess. Because of these chal- lenges, of organic loads, COD, Suspended Matter, TSS in these kind of waste waters. So difficult waste waters, I would categorize also, as something

region, bring it to boiler grade water for boiler use and the RO concentrate - the brine from the RO system will be used as a source of salt for their salt recovery and bromine recovery in the process. It should be commis-

of ours, is also a focus. As explained, most companies look at this as a non-produc- tive expense. We want to take that off their balance sheet. Again, keeping a solutions- based approach, getting com- panies to take this asset off

technologies like high pres-


power, etc.

And then of course, as I said,

which conventional mem-

So, what kind of technolo-

sioned by the month of May

their balance sheet. It is not a

sure RO, waste-heat evapora- tion, combining thermo evap- oration with other sources of waste heat and also combin- ing waste gasification to use organic industrial residues as a source of energy to be able

They had already realized that they needed to be inde- pendent in regard to water. They needed to be independ- ent in regard to waste water.

when zero liquid discharge

branes are not able to recycle very efficiently.

gies are needed for this difficult waste water?


There is a project, based in central India, where we are going to the source of waste water within the process, apply recycling within the industrial process to be able

priority for most, especially considering the slow CAPEX cycle the industry is in cur- rently. We have therefore been able to come up with some partners and solutions where we can provide this on a lease

to create heat to provide zero liquid discharge energy. We focus on bringing out a com- plete solution because you do have a lot of stand-alone solu- tions which are not well inte- grated. Specially in terms of

comes to mind, because it’s your source of water, you can reuse it and you are not reliant on them. They had a unique set of challenges. They are not a process industry in the sense that they don’t have

Prayas: One thing you need is open channel mem- branes which are able to sus- tain the load of organics, the load of suspended matter directly. You need to have the right understanding of not only the chemistry, but the

to reuse water and also recov- er the resource which was otherwise ending down the pipe into the waste water plant and then eventually into the environment.

be it an operating lease or a

short/long term rental con- tract. The customer does not need to invest the CAPEX. We come in with our equipment and we get paid per cubic meter of water that we recov-


Municipalities.It’s only about

energy, the integration is very poor. You have multistage pressure driven processes or multistage steam driven

boiler, so you couldn’t go

with the conventional steam- based or steam-driven evapo- ration systems. We were able


source and organics as well. Because the waste water stems from the production and the linkage of the produc-

In terms of Government policies, anything you would like to comment on?

Prayas: The one thing that

er for them. We have several ROSERVE contracts which we are running today with

processes which are not inte-


come up with a very simple

tion and source of waste water

I believe needs to come to our

large customers in

grated well. Sometimes sim- ply by integrating them well, for example, if it is done by a single company instead of by

and energy-efficient system to achieve zero liquid discharge without using any live steam whatsoever as they did not

to the quality of waste water and its impact on the treat- ment is very important. Therefore, knowing the indus-

part of the world is to arrive at the right pricing for water. It is still being used a bit of tool, as an incentive- water and

Textiles,Pharmaceuticals & Automobiles sectors and short-term contracts with few

5-6 service providers along

want to install a boiler just to

try and its background is very

waste water is being used as


year and half old concept,

the chain, you can bring in the efficiency and of course new technologies and products to

meet this requirement. So, we did a 3-stage membrane sys- tem followed by a waste-heat

important for solution providers. Also the energy footprint

an industrial incentive. For example, it is said, come to this part of the country or this

but it’s doing quite well and we are marketing it in India, and overseas as well.


April, 2018



A Breakthrough Technology for Toughest Wastewater Problems

Dr. Raghu Pillai is the Managing Director of Bengaluru based REWS (India) Pvt Ltd which provides total turnkey solutions for wastewater treatment including the feasibility study, sizing, the supply of equipment, installation, testing, training, and operation & maintenance. REWS India is managed by a group of leading professionals, technocrats and engineers and has developed in-house capabilities towards project execution, including project management service. The company specializes in solving the toughest industrial wastewater problems. Mayur Sharma talked to him about the much talked about Boomtube Resonator technology and the upcoming inauguration of their ZLD Leachate Management and Water Recovery Plant in Bengaluru, India.

Management and Water Recovery Plant in Bengaluru, India. April , 2018 Please tell our readers about

April, 2018 , 2018

Please tell our readers about your new product - Aquatron FPSTAR Boom- tube Resonator and the technology behind it.

Dr. Pillai: Aquatron FPSTAR Boomtube technol- ogy can treat and recover clean water from any indus- trial wastewater and landfill leachate. This innovation is based on the most modern understanding of molecular Physics. This patented break- through technology is invent- ed by the Bengaluru based Scientist Dr. Rajah Vijay Kumar, Chairman of Organization de Scalene, who has about 32 original inven- tions to his credit and is a well-known pioneering researcher in the field of Biophysics, Radiobiology, Nanotechnology, Sustainable Energy, Modern Telecommunications and Water Resources Management and Recovery. The Aquatron Boomtube is manufactured in Bengaluru by Scalene Energy Water Corporation Limited (SEWCL). The conventional waste- water treatment technolo- gies are either based on Chemical or Biological

process or a combination of both. RO (Reverse Osmosis) is currently the only process that could remove Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) to the level that is suitable for reuse, especially in tough to treat effluents. The FPSTAR Boomtube technology uses shortwave frequencies to convert TDS to TSS without chemicals and biological process. Any wastewater contains many elements. Each ele- ment has its unique Specific Frequency of Disassociation (SFoD). As the effluent pass- es through the Boomtube Resonator, the dissolved pol- lutants and other elements in the water (except Hydrogen and Oxygen) will start disas- sociating from its compound- ed form to their equilibrium elemental state. These ele- ments agglomerate due to inter-particle attraction and electron reorganization that takes place under a weight- less condition created by con- tinuous free fall in the Boomtube Resonator. The agglomerated pollutants become permanently hydrophobic. The agglomer- ated water which comes out from the Boomtube Resonator is separated using

specialized Plate settlers, Venturi, Media Filters and Ultrafiltration systems. The treated water confirms to IS:10500 standards and all CPCB norms. The treated water is suitable for 100% reuse.

You had said in our earlier interaction that this new technology is especially suitable for the ‘tough-to- treat effluent’. Can you ex- plain that?

Dr. Pillai: The FPSTAR Boomtube technology can treat any kind of effluents including sewage. Our focus is on tough-to-treat effluents because the Capex and Opex of conventional ZLD systems are high when compared to FPSTAR Boomtube technol- ogy. The FPSTAR Boomtube technology can treat and recover clean water from some of the toughest sources like Landfill Leachate, Textile Effluent, Pharma Effluent, Food Industry Effluent, Tannery Effluent, etc. Hence, this technology is ideal for Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) in the indus- trial areas. A large amount of polluted water can be reclaimed as fresh water for



MARKET The FPSTAR Boomtube technology can treat and recover clean water from some of the toughest

The FPSTAR Boomtube technology can treat and recover clean water from some of the toughest sources like Landfill Leachate,Textile Effluent, Pharma Effluent, Food Industry Effluent, Tannery Effluent, etc. Hence, this technology is ideal for Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) in the industrial areas.

the industrial use. Industrial effluents which are not biologically degrad- able in nature are normally treated using large quantities of chemicals. Such methods involve very high operational cost. Some of these effluents cannot be treated to the required standards even with the chemicals and advanced filtration solutions as post- treatment method, thereby making reuse of such effluents in the process not possible, and sometimes even their safe disposal is not possible. The FPSTAR Boomtube Technology addresses such issues effectively. This technology is effec- tive in the removal of Arsenic, Nitrates, Ammonia, Fluoride, Heavy Metals, Soaps & Detergents, and Oil & Grease. The MOC of Boomtube Resonator antennas is made of complex alloys. Presently, it is common to use techniques like precipita-


tion, flocculation, coagula- tion, or electro-coagulation, in the treatment of water. However, there are some materials; for example, Sodium, Potassium etc, that do not precipitate, thus can- not be removed by simple fil- tration. Some of the organic compounds like Benzene, and Toluene behave the same even to flocculation, and they still cannot be removed by fil- tration. The FPSTAR process can handle complex Phenols, Aldehydes, and Ketones also found in some of the organic wastewater or unprocessed water streams that are difficult to process by conventional wastewater treatment techniques. In this invention, the millimeter wave is used to break down long chain Lignin like struc- tures to smaller and simpler molecules that can be easily converted by the FPSTAR process and then can be fil- tered out. The entire process is very fast and ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the feed effluent. This process is called priming time. Once primed, the treat- ment is continuous. The treatment can be stopped and started anytime. The FPSTAR reactor is used to decontaminate the wastewater streams to recover for reuse in the industry and other purposes and reduces the cost of water treatment. When the water that is not potable (including sea water) is subjected to the FPSTAR process, all fine particles, even at nano-scale, would agglomerate and form micron size or even millime- ter size particles. When this water is filtered using specialized filtering techniques, one would recov- er the water that is clean as per the standards and can be reused by the industries. This will lead to less depend- ency on other sources for clean water, and more recov- ered water will act as a cata- lyst for industries and their operations.

Why do you call it world’s most advanced ZLD tech- nology?

• A 120 KLD ZLD Leachate Treatment Plant, first of its kind in the world, is installed and being commissioned for The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) at Bellahalli Landfill on the outskirts of Bengaluru. • A 240 KLD plant at Erode (Tamil Nadu) is being commis- sioned by SEWCL for mixed effluent for the State Government of Tamil Nadu. • Oman Munitions Production Company (OMPC) is installing the Aquatron Boomtube FPSTAR wastewater recovery plant at its Small Arms & Ammunitions Factory (SAAF) in Samayil, Oman.

Aquatron Boomtube FPSTAR wastewater recovery plant at its Small Arms & Ammunitions Factory (SAAF) in Samayil,

Dr. Pillai: The FPSTAR Boomtube technology is a Zero Chemical, Zero Biological process. There are no RO rejects and no thermal evaporator is required. No equalization tanks are required either as the Boomtube processes waste- water online and water is available for reuse immedi- ately after filtration. The FPSTAR Boomtube works over a wide pH range and requires very small space to set-up the plant - when com- pared to the current ZLD systems. The sludge generat- ed is around 5% and is con- verted to electricity. In fact, FPSTAR Boomtube technol- ogy can be considered as ZWD (Zero Waste Discharge) technology. The FPSTAR Boomtube WWTP is completely auto- matic, computer-controlled, and multistage system that is fully plug-and-play. SCADA system is highly advanced and powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) & IoT based and the plant can be remote- ly monitored. One time set- ting of all process parame- ters will ensure trouble-free operation even if the input wastewater parameter varies. Therefore, only 2 or 3 people are required to run a complete 150 KLD plant.

if the input wastewater parameter varies. Therefore, only 2 or 3 people are required to run

installed and being commis- sioned for The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) at Bellahalli Landfill situated on the out- skirts of Bengaluru. This project is executed by REWS (India). Landfill leachate is one of the most difficult efflu- ents to treat as it is charac- terized by very high values of COD, BOD, Ammonia, heavy metals, variations in pH as well as strong color, and extremely bad odor. The TDS of the leachate varies between 16,000 ppm to 60,000 ppm. The character-

being filled by FPSTAR. The project is executed by SEWCL and Global Engineering Solutions, Oman. The Aquatron Boomtube FPSTAR technology is also being exported to Australia and Netherlands. REWS (India) is in talks with many state governments to solve the pressing issue of Leachate Management in the landfills. Leachate generation is a major problem for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfills and causes signifi- cant threat to surface water and groundwater.

problem for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfills and causes signifi- cant threat to surface water and
signifi- cant threat to surface water and groundwater. istics vary depending on the weather, temperature and
signifi- cant threat to surface water and groundwater. istics vary depending on the weather, temperature and

istics vary depending on the

istics vary depending on the

weather, temperature and biodegradable matter pres- ent in the leachate against time. All these factors make leachate treatment difficult and complicated around the world and till today there is no dependable and affordable technology to treat leachate for water recovery and reuse. A 240 KLD plant at Erode (Tamil Nadu) is being com- missioned by SEWCL for mixed effluent for the State Government of Tamil Nadu. Oman Munitions Production Company (OMPC) has taken the lead in installing Aquatron Boomtube FPSTAR waste- water recovery plant at its Small Arms & Ammunitions Factory (SAAF) in Samayil (first such plant ever installed in the Middle East) and is now being commis- sioned. In most parts of the world, the effluents generat- ed from such ammunition factories are not treated to recyclable standards due to lack of proper treatment solutions. This gap is now

factories are not treated to recyclable standards due to lack of proper treatment solutions. This gap

Are you looking for both, government projects as well as the private-sector projects?

Dr. Pillai: Yes, for Leachate treatment and CETP we are keen to work on government projects. We are in touch with many munici- palities and MSW officers highlighting the technology benefits. In the private space, our focus is on Pharmaceutical effluents, Textile, Tanneries, Food Industry, and other tough-to-treat wastewater.

our focus is on Pharmaceutical effluents, Textile, Tanneries, Food Industry, and other tough-to-treat wastewater.
Food Industry, and other tough-to-treat wastewater. What is the capacity of this treatment plant? Can it

What is the capacity of this treatment plant? Can it be custom-built as well?

Dr. Pillai: The FPSTAR Boomtube treatment plant can be built to treat and recover 10,000 liters of wastewater per day (10 KLD) to 1 million liters of waste- water per day (1 MLD) at present. The technology is modular and can be expand- ed as required.

Tell us about your ongoing and upcoming projects where this product is be- ing used?

and can be expand- ed as required. Tell us about your ongoing and upcoming projects where

Finally, are you looking for any business collabora- tions in other regions of India?

Finally, are you looking for any business collabora- tions in other regions of India?
for any business collabora- tions in other regions of India? Dr. Pillai: Yes, REWS (India) is
for any business collabora- tions in other regions of India? Dr. Pillai: Yes, REWS (India) is

Dr. Pillai: Yes, REWS (India) is looking for business collaborations in other regions of India. Our focus for 2018-19 would be to reach out to MSW consultants and governments across the world to treat and recover clean water from landfill leachate.

Dr. Pillai: A 120 KLD ZLD Leachate Treatment Plant, first of its kind in the world, is

Dr. Pillai: A 120 KLD ZLD Leachate Treatment Plant, first of its kind in the world,

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Accelerating Innovation in Urban Water Management - Insights into the Future

Robert Mankowski, Vice President - Product Development - Bentley Systems, leads the development team responsible for Bentley’s AssetWise capabilities and services. He has over 20 years’ experience in software development and is a co-inventor of seven patented technologies. He joined Bentley Systems in 2004 as part of Bentley’s acquisition of Haestad Methods, a pioneer in object-oriented hydraulic analysis software, where he served as Chief Technology Officer. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Drexel University and is a licensed professional engineer in California. Mayur Sharma recently interacted with him about Smart Water Networks, GIS, WaterCAD, WaterGEMS, IoT, Big Data, and other recent trends which are significant for the water & wastewater utilities.

are significant for the water & wastewater utilities. Robert Mankowski, Vice President - Product Development,

Robert Mankowski, Vice President - Product Development, Bentley Systems

Being mostly buried, wa- ter/wastewater network assets are subject to being out-of-sight and therefore out-of-mind, making it dif- ficult to know what you own, where it is located, what condition it is in, and how well it is performing. GIS has become essential in managing utility net- work data.What is coming to make it easier for utili- ties to ensure a safe and reliable operation?

Robert: In recent years there have been significant strides in GIS-based office to/from the field workflows. The industry is doing a much

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better job of accurately cap- turing as-builts and keeping the GIS up to date with what is in the field. There is also some compelling research and innovations driven by the aca- demic world through projects such as Mapping the Underworld that focus on understanding where our underground assets are. Applications like Bentley’s Subsurface Utility Engineering help mitigate the risk of building in a utility- congested underground envi- ronment. It provides users the capability to generate, visual- ize, and analyze 3D models from survey information, CAD artifacts, GIS, Excel spread- sheets, databases, and more. The application follows stan- dards such as ASCE 38-02 in the US and the UK’s PAS128, which provide a means to cap- ture the quality level or accu- racy of the source information used to create the models. However, water and waste- water networks remain par- ticularly challenging because they are typically buried underground assets that impact many people when they fail. It is essential to bet- ter understand the condition of the assets, the probability of failure, and the conse- quences of such failures.

We also need to under- stand the provenance and his- tory of what’s happened with networks. This is important for capital improvement pro- grams and capital investment planning - to decide how to invest to have safest and most reliable operation. Utilities need a lot of information to determine which pipes are more likely to fail, what hap- pens when such a failure occurs, and capabilities to effi- ciently manage and analyze it to support decisions. Utilities need to manage and maintain a geospatial asset register of all water and wastewater network assets to which they may associate a wide variety of inspections and surveys. This provides a detailed and data-rich view of the “as-maintained/as-operat- ed” condition status of the network, as well as preserving historic records of condition assessment that can con- tribute to a better under- standing of asset failure modes and causes. Asset inspections and sur- veys provide dual roles - asset discovery and asset condition assessment. Inspections and surveys can be used to update the asset’s physical, location, and condition information held in the asset register, as

well as create new assets that were previously unknown. All associated inspection meta data, data files, databases, photographs, time series (e.g. flow or pressure monitors), and video (such as CCTV) should be managed and asso- ciated with the relevant asset. This provides an “asset-cen- tric” view of the inspection and survey data collected for asset update or asset discov- ery. Capabilities, such as those available with Bentley’s AssetWise, can work in con- cert with a geospatial infor- mation system to provide these capabilities and allow utilities to plan and imple- ment proactive asset perform- ance and reliability strategies. Hydraulic modeling appli- cations, such as Bentley’s WaterGEMS, also play a role in ensuring safe and reliable operations by forecasting sys- tem conditions and perform- ance, managing pumps and storage, planning for sched- uled maintenance, and help- ing operators react to unplanned outages and emer- gencies. Advanced analytics can help you fill in the gaps between locations and times that SCADA systems and other data collectors use to gather information. This allows operators to detect and

troubleshoot problems as soon as they arise, leveraging knowledge in control room to help guide field crews to right areas to investigate and act.

What benefits does a digi- tal strategy provide water and wastewater utilities?

Robert: Going digital is a strategy that we at Bentley believe will transform the delivery of capital projects as well as the performance of assets in operations and main- tenance. By digitizing assets and processes, a digital strate- gy will realize not only per- formance improvements for assets but also see the adop- tion of new technologies that can enable going digital. This strategy might suggest adopt- ing a cloud services platform as an example of going digital to increase collaboration, security, and scalability by staying connected. For water and wastewater utilities, it means they have an opportu- nity to improve their business processes. For example, an owner-operator might want all stakeholders to have visi- bility for distributed teams working on a single project or multiple projects. A going dig- ital strategy connects and converges to ensure informa- tion is managed effectively to



MARKET Going digital will transform the delivery of capital projects as well as the performance of

Going digital will transform the delivery of capital projects as well as the performance of assets in O&M.

reduce errors, inaccuracy, and improve performance. This of course is a high- level approach, but nonethe- less highlights the potential as we see it. Bentley is also com- mitted to enabling our users to implement a BIM method- ology as a strategy for better collaborative design, and as an enabler of ongoing mainte- nance and operations. The work done by engineers in the early phase of a project is crit- ical for all phases of the lifecy- cle, and the digital engineer- ing models produced in design can serve as the fulcrum for performance improvements. The goal for most utilities is indeed reducing TOTEX (total expenditure inclusive of CAPEX and OPEX), and tech- nology is the enabler. As head of development for our asset performance team, I am in a nice position to see the bene- fits realized by our users. We live vicariously through our users who continue to amaze us with innovation and expert- ise in utilizing our software. But it is our job to continue providing the right technology and platforms so that the going digital strategy can deliver the right results.

You wrote some of the code for the very first iter- ation of WaterCAD in the 90s.What sorts of changes have you seen in the indus- try - and in user experience - in the years since?

Robert: That’s a multi- faceted question because so many changes have occurred in the 20+ years since we released WaterCAD v1.0. Let’s start with the user experience changes. Before


WaterCAD, the most widely used hydraulic modeling soft- ware ran on DOS. WaterCAD was the first mainstream Windows stand-alone

models were created and maintained. Today, not only do we intra-operate with GIS, WaterGEMS users can actual- ly work in GIS environment.

organization to adopt new processes. It is, however, a simple equation. Why would- n’t any organization want engineering information that

outreach and adoption. So far, OT data has initiated a con- vergence with IT systems, which has yet to yield signifi- cant gains. At Bentley, we see

OT data has initiated a con- vergence with IT systems, which has yet to yield signifi-

hydraulic modeling package. That was a huge and very wel- come change for users. At that time, hydraulic modeling was not as widely used as it is

How does Bentley software align with good engineer- ing practices in water and wastewater systems?

is relevant, accurate and accessible to all project partic- ipants? The question has always been put to us; how can we improve decision mak-

the critical importance of also leveraging the engineering technology (ET) data to real- ize those gains. Asset information manage-

today, and it was mainly used for system master planning.

Robert: Bentley Systems has been supporting infra-

ing based on available data? The answer is quite simple.

ment systems that enable the convergence of IT, OT, and ET

ing based on available data? The answer is quite simple. ment systems that enable the convergence

Now, it’s a very mature prac-

structure engineering best

Having a common modeling

data will make infrastructure

Now, it’s a very mature prac- structure engineering best Having a common modeling data will make

tice in water utilities and is

practices for 30+ years.

environment helps speed

assets more powerful, effi-

tice in water utilities and is practices for 30+ years. environment helps speed assets more powerful,

used for everything from mas-

MicroStation is our flagship

design and improves collabo-

cient, and reliable by exploit-

used for everything from mas- MicroStation is our flagship design and imp roves c ollabo- cient,

ter planning, to water quality studies, to energy studies and optimization, to real-time operational decision support. The computing power available at the time was mainly based on 486s, with maybe a few users of the earli- est Pentium chips, and system memory, RAM, was expensive and therefore limited. This constrained the size of the models that could be ana- lyzed. Now, of course, we have

modeling application and is used around the globe for modeling, documentation and visualizing projects of all sizes and complexities. So, engi- neering is in our DNA and this permeates through develop- ment teams and applications to maintain the standards set by such applications. For water and wastewater, the principles are no different. By advancing the entire network lifecycle - from treatment

ration. Having a common data environment helps streamline design and management of critical information, but the key is now a connected data environment that helps facili- tate the interoperation of mul- tiple data sources, providing a common view of data that delivers accurate and reliable information, when it is need- ed, to operations, mainte- nance, and engineering.

ing the Big Data potential. Using cloud services plat- forms, digital engineering capabilities will go beyond observing and monitoring the asset’s performance to model- ling its desired behavior to produce better outcomes. Water and wastewater util- ities have been a step ahead of other industries in exploiting the potential for ET and OT data to be better utilized. IIoT and Supervisory Control And

other industries in exploiting the potential for ET and OT data to be better utilized. IIoT

high-powered, multi-core CPUs and GPUs with giga- bytes of memory in our lap-

plant design, to planning, design and operations and maintenance of networks - our

What does the future hold for the water industry in terms of how IoT, Big Data

Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems have had a harmonic convergence of their own in

industry in terms of how IoT, Big Data Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems have had a harmonic

tops and workstations so

enriching the oversight value

tops and workstations so enriching the oversight value

we’re at a point where it’s not only feasible but in some ways easier, to model every pipe and appurtenance in the sys- tem. The algorithms can take advantage of the multiple cores - for example in a fire flow analysis - to run simula- tions in parallel and greatly reduce the time it takes to analyze large systems. And,

software is reflective of engi- neering precision and accura- cy.

Bentley’s Haestad applica- tions are engineering-ready decision support software for water professionals who design, plan, and operate water distribution systems, or for urban sewer planners who also want to analyze and design sanitary or combined

and other trends will im- pact the sector?

Robert: Sensors will play an even larger role in network modeling and operations. By providing real-time informa- tion that can be supplemented with hydraulic models, the operator can have true insight into the behavior and condi- tion of a network. This pro- vides more options for the

of data analytics for treat- ment, distribution, and collec- tion facilities. Engineering departments and the opera- tional control rooms have more reason to interact than ever before, as the common goal of ensuring reliable serv- ice, reducing cost and optimiz- ing their networks can be real- ized - in real time. Hydraulic

of ensuring reliable serv- ice, reducing cost and optimiz- ing their networks can be real- ized
of ensuring reliable serv- ice, reducing cost and optimiz- ing their networks can be real- ized
of ensuring reliable serv- ice, reducing cost and optimiz- ing their networks can be real- ized

the graphics power of the GPUs makes it easy to create great visualizations of the data so engineers don’t have to pore over tables of data, but can see it in graphs and maps and in some cases in 3D. And, I’d say it’s easier in

conveyance sewer systems. These applications can oper- ate in stand-alone mode, with MicroStation, AutoCAD, or ArcGIS and incorporate vari- ous other file formats. We’ve been supporting engineering best practices for many years

hydraulic modeler in the cali- bration and modeling process- es when different scenarios provide different results and benefits. It provides the oper- ator with a more comprehen- sive operating picture of the network than SCADA data

modeling generally has been used for long-term planning, while data from the SCADA systems are used heavily in daily operational decisions. Linking these two technolo- gies has ensured barriers are removed, collaboration

in daily operational decisions. Linking these two technolo- gies has ensured barriers are removed, collaboration

some ways because imple-

and we intend to continue to

alone, even forecasting how

improved, and data shared for

some ways because imple- and we intend to continue to alone, even forecasting how improved, and

mentation of GIS has really come a long way in 20 years,

advance our software and services to meet this demand.

the system will behave in the immediate future.

mutually beneficial reasons.

software and services to meet this demand. the system will behave in the immediate future. mutually

so we can build hydraulic models from that geospatial

Information systems in a

Robert: Information can

Big Data also provides big challenges but at the same

What is Bentley focused on from an R&D perspective?

can Big Data also provides big challenges but at the same What is Bentley focused on

source data. In the 90s it was common to digitize hydraulic models from scratch, and this was a time consuming and error prone process. I remem- ber it was 1998 when I wrote first shapefile import routine for WaterCAD, and it really changed the way hydraulic

water/wastewater utility can be highly distributed (or siloed). How can utility stakeholders address this problem to improve deci- sion making?

be very siloed, and it takes a significant change in an

time, provides significant opportunities. As OT lever- ages the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) with operating systems and sensors to pro- duce huge quantities of data, the need to make this data usable and secure is fast becoming mainstream in its

Robert: While we under- take R&D across a broad range of technologies. perhaps the best answer here is simply the overarching principle. Bentley is focused on our making our users productive and successful while advanc- ing infrastructure.

principle. Bentley is focused on our making our users productive and successful while advanc- ing infrastructure.

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LANXESS Posts Record Earnings for 2017

Company’s sales were up 25.5% to EUR 9.66 billion in the fiscal year 2017, with a strong volume increase in all segments, as per company statement.

volume increase in all segments, as per company statement. Infographic Source: LANXESS THE SPECIALTY CHEMI- CALS

Infographic Source: LANXESS

THE SPECIALTY CHEMI- CALS company LANXESS has ended fiscal year 2017 with record earnings. LANXESS has also made a good start to the new year according to its latest official statement. EBITDA pre exceptionals rose by 29.6% in fiscal year 2017 to EUR 1.29 billion, the highest result in the compa- ny’s history. In the previous year, EBITDA pre exception- als amounted to EUR 995 mil- lion. The operating result was therefore at the top end of the forecast range of EUR 1.25 bil- lion to EUR 1.3 billion. The main drivers of strong rise in earnings were higher volumes in all segments as well as strong contribution of the Chemtura businesses acquired in the previous year. The EBITDA margin pre exceptionals increased from 12.9% to 13.3%, moving anoth- er step closer to the mid-term margin target. From 2021, the average margin is expected to be between 14% and 18%. Group revenue also rose sub- stantially by 25.5% to EUR 9.66 billion in the last fiscal year compared with EUR 7.7 billion the year before. Net income totaled EUR 87 million, after EUR 192 million in the previous year. This decline was due to significant one-time exceptional expens- es, particularly for the inte- gration of the Chemtura busi-

nesses and consolidation of production networks and value chains as well as a one- time charge arising from the U.S. tax reform. Adjusted for these exceptional items as well as amortization of intan- gible assets, net income was up by 53.9% from EUR 246 million to EUR 379 million. The reported key financial ratios are in line with current market expectations.

Higher Dividend Proposed for 2017

The strong business per- formance in 2017 should be reflected in a further increased dividend. The Board of Management and Supervisory Board will there- fore propose a 14% higher div- idend of EUR 0.80 per share to the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on May 15, 2018. This would correspond to a total dividend payout of around EUR 73.2 million.

German Sites Strength- ened, Growth Regions Ex- panded

Along with its acquisitions, LANXESS also accelerated its organic growth in 2017. The group invested around EUR 550 million in its global plant network, including around EUR 235 million in the German sites. LANXESS con- tinued to expand its presence and its sales in the growth regions of North America and

Asia. North America increased its share of global sales from 17% to 19%, while that of Asia-Pacific rose from 26% to 28%. This means that the group now generates almost half its sales in these two market regions.

Sales and Earnings Up in Performance Chemicals

LANXESS' Liquid Purification Technologies business unit belongs to the Performance Chemicals seg- ment. Sales in this segment rose by 10.5% from EUR 1.30 billion to EUR 1.44 billion.

EBITDA pre exceptionals amounted to EUR 252 million, up 13.0% on the prior-year level of EUR 223 million. The improvement in earnings was mainly attributable to the strong volume growth. The Clean and Disinfect business that LANXESS acquired from Chemours in 2016 also made a substantial contribution to earnings. Accordingly, the EBITDA margin pre excep- tionals rose to 17.5% from 17.1% in the previous year.

Outlook for 2018

For 2018, there will be an

accounting change at LANXESS: The rubber joint venture ARLANXEO will be reported as a discontinued operation from the second quarter of 2018. In the other four segments combined under the name “New LANXESS” - Advanced Intermediates, Specialty Additives, Performance Chemicals and Engineering Materials - the group is expecting a slight overall rise in EBITDA pre exceptionals. Excluding ARLANXEO, this key ratio was EUR 925 million in 2017.

ARLANXEO, this key ratio was EUR 925 million in 2017. “ “We achieved a lot strategically

“We achieved a lot strategically and operationally in the last fiscal year,laying firm foundations for the future.With Chemtura,we successfully completed our biggest acquisition to date,and also significantly improved the quality of our portfolio even more.In this set-up,we achieved the best earnings in LANXESS’s history so far while further enhancing the Group’s profitability.”

Matthias Zachert

Chairman, LANXESS Board of Management

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The Global Water & Waste- water Treatment Market to Reach USD 674.72 Bil- lion by 2025

According to a new report by Reportbuyer, the global water & wastewater treat- ment market is expected to reach USD 674.72 billion by 2025, driven by the rising

services market accounted for USD 117.85 billion in 2016. The growth of equipment & services market is likely to gain momentum in the recent future, as it utilizes environ- ment-friendly and economi- cally feasible instruments and technologies.

the high cost of setup and maintenance continue to be a major drawback of the tech- nologies. Moreover, the arrival of alternative water treatment techniques is likely to hamper the growth of the market. Which is why manu- facturers are actively focus- ing on further innovations in

UV Disinfection Equip-

ment stood for USD 84.9 mil- lion in 2016 and is expected to grow at 21.6%, owing to initia- tives taken by the manufac- turers to comply with regula- tions given by the govern- ment and environmental pro- tection bodies for proper water disposal.

billing, restructuring of old infrastructure, instantaneous monitoring of the grid, effi- cient fixing of leaks, and improved client engagement. Furthermore, the need to conform to government regu- lations, expectations for increased safety and reliabili- ty with reduced cost and

demand for freshwater for drinking, industrialization, and agriculture. Water & wastewater

Zero Liquid Discharge Market Expected to Rep- resent USD 109.8 Million Between 2017 & 2025

ZLD to reduce technological complications while its imple- mentation. On the basis of system

Water Filtration Products in Municipal Markets to Grow 5.8% Annually Worldwide

development of smart cities have been the driving forces for the smart water grid mar- ket, as per the latest report

treatment processes such as softening, deodorization and purification make the water more useful and potable. Asia Pacific was the largest mar- ket accounting for 43.9% of the revenue share in 2016. It is anticipated to gain momen- tum over the forecast period on account of the growing demand for filtered water for

Enforcement of stringent laws on wastewater manage- ment is expected to further drive the adoption of ZLD technology in the near future. As per the latest Persistence Market Research (PMR) report, sales revenue from ZLD projects worldwide is expected to reach USD 513.9 Million by 2017-end.

type, demand for hybrid ZLD technology will continue to gain traction is the forthcom- ing years. By 2017-end, hybrid ZLD technology is expected to account for a value share of 64.0%.

ment Market Size Worth USD 6.42 Billion by 2022

Globally, demand for water filtration products in the municipal market is expected to rise 5.8% per year to USD 27.2 billion in 2021 according to a new study by The Freedonia Group. In developing regions, expanding infrastructure, increasing access to treated water supplies and waste-

Smart Water Grid Market

by Hexa Research. North America dominated the market in 2016 due to the advancement of the IT sector, which plays an integral part of these networks. Advancement in technology has helped various factors such as water safety, manag- ing severe weather condi- tions and valuation of con-

various applications. Water treatment systems are either installed at the point of use or the point of entry. However, as drinking water is a vital priority for the population, the residen- tial sector contributes signifi- cantly towards the develop- ment of water treatment market as compared to the industrial and commercial sector. Central & South America water & wastewater industry is capable, but the absence of significant venture in infra- structure is unfavorable for its economic performance. Asia Pacific municipal water & wastewater market is likely to grow at a CAGR of 5.3% over the forecast period. This market has been rapidly growing owing to the pres- ence of developing economies and a large concentration of population in the region. Asia

PMR projects that the ZLD market in APAC will maintain its top position throughout the assessment period. Towards the closing end of the forecast period, the region's ZLD market esti- mate to reach a valuation of USD 434.4 Million, expand- ing at 10.8% CAGR. Meanwhile, adoption of ZLD in Latin America will remain robust, despite having a sig- nificantly smaller market size as compared to other key regions. In North America, power generation plants are major implementers of ZLD, sup- porting the growth of the ZLD market in the region over the recent past. The North America ZLD market is estimated to reach USD 243.9 Million by the end of the forecast period, creating an incremental opportunity of USD 109.8 Million between

The global UV disinfec- tion equipment market is expected to reach USD 6.42 billion by 2022, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Growing con- sumer awareness regarding the technology coupled with high investments by govern- ments across the globe to employ advanced water treatment technologies to ensure safe drinking water supply is expected to drive demand. Water treatment was the largest application segment for UV disinfection equip- ment and valued at USD 924.7 million in 2016, owing to high investments by local government authorities for safe water supply in devel- oped and emerging economies across the globe. Residential water treat- ment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.5% over the fore-

water treatment, and stricter standards for drinking quali- ty will support rigorous gains. More mature markets will exhibit slower growth going forward, with increases promoted by improvements to existing, aging water man- agement systems. Over the past decade, membrane systems have been increasingly used in municipal water filtration activities to meet stricter water treatment standards, which include limits on con- taminants in water and reduced dependence on potentially harmful water treatment chemicals. By 2016, membrane systems sur- passed conventional filtration in the municipal market in dollar terms.

Size Worth USD 10.27 Bil- lion By 2025

sumption. Europe followed suit, with an expected contri- bution of USD 2.96 billion by 2025 due to the increase in adoption of smart water meter compliances for better management. The Asia Pacific is antici- pated to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period on account of increase in production and sales of advanced metering infra- structure. Metering infra- structure is getting a boost from the increasing demand for meters transmitting information through an accessible network. The smart water grid industry is expected to grow on account of increasing demand for information about the usage that allows preservation of resources and saves money. Smart Infrastructure held the largest market share

Pacific's vast and rising pop-

2017 & 2025.

cast period owing to rising

The global smart water

accounting for 41.5% in 2016

ulation, coupled with increas- ing middle class and rising incomes, will continue to drive demand agricultural

The new water manage- ment laws introduced in India, China and Mexico are further expanding applica-

consumer focus to replace traditional water purification systems with effective and environment-friendly tech-

grid market is expected to reach USD 10.27 billion by 2025, driven by a growing emphasis towards a reduc-

and is expected to witness steady growth on account of increasing number of smart water grids, particularly in

resources and commodities.

tions of ZLD technologies in






emerging economies of the

The global equipment &

these countries. Nonetheless,

Commercial water treat-






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Women Involvement inWater Utilities & Upper Leadership RolesAcross the Globe

Globally, women only make up 17% of the pai