Seven Australian companies will be among the 100 key water industry players joining the PHILWATER 2010 18th Annual International Conference and Exhibition on Water Resource Management from October 13 to 15 in Boracay, Aklan.
The companies will showcase Australia’s world-class water capabilities and services during the event, which is organized by the Philippine Water Works Association and promoted by the Australian Trade Commission, according to the Australian embassy in Manila.
“Australia’s need to manage our scarce water resources has driven Australia to become one of the world’s leaders in water management and water reform, and this expertise has extended to strong capabilities in waste water and solid waste management and recycling,” Ambassador to Manila Rod Smith said.
According to Smith, Australia’s participation in the event underlines the growing links between Australia and the Philippines in the area of water resource management.
The Ambassador noted that water technology partnership between the two countries is set to grow stronger with the upcoming AusD225-million acquisition of United Utilities Australia Pty Ltd (UUA) by a consortium led by Ayala-owned Manila Water Corporation.
“The acquisition will result in increased technology transfer to the Philippines covering water and waste water treatment plants, reuse schemes and desalination facilities,” Smith said.
“The event is an opportunity for Australian experts to meet their local counterparts and share knowledge that could assist the Philippines in crafting long-term solutions for its water shortage problem,” Smith added.
Australian companies participating in the exhibition include AVK Philippines, Aqua Treatment Technologies, Bently Systems, MWH Soft and Festo Inc.
Australian resource speakers were also invited to present on various topics in conference, including: Paul Hansford of Water GHD Pty Ltd on Water Governance and Water Reuse; Dr Uma Umakhanthan, PhD, of Bently Systems and Mark Forbes of Koch Membrane Systems Australia on Water Technology and Quantity Monitoring; and Justin Hanson of Asia Pacific MWH Soft on Financing Water, Sewerage Projects and Facilities Management.
UUA has established itself as a strong participant in the Australian water industry, currently operating and maintaining 35 water treatment plants, 22 wastewater treatment plants, nine reuse schemes and four desalination plants that benefit more than 3 million people across Australia.