drought, cape town, water

Drought-hit Cape Town is to host a high-level meeting about water loss.

Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau – a division  of the trade and investment agency Wesgro – has secured the International Water Association’s (IWA) 2018 Water Loss Conference.

Drinking water that never reaches the consumer is an international problem. Leaky pipes and inefficient technology cause 46bn litres of drinkable water to be wasted every day.

South Africa is a leader on the subject  – with two of the world’s most advance pressure control installations based in Cape Town. The city is suffering the worst drought in a century.

The biennial conference, the ninth in a series, will take place at the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel,  7 – 9 May, 2018, and is expected to attract 500 international delegates

Many of the world’s leading experts in the field of water loss – or Non-Revenue Water Management – will attend the conference to discuss the latest developments, strategies, techniques and applications of international best practices as well as successful case studies.

IWA Water Loss Specialist Group Chairperson Ronnie Mckenzie said: “Many successful case studies will be showcased from South Africa, which is highly regarded in the field of water loss and is considered to be one of the leaders in advanced pressure control. Three of the largest advanced pressure control installations in the world have been successfully commissioned in South Africa, two of which are in Cape Town. By sharing their experiences from around the world, delegates attending the event next May will learn to better manage their water supplies and reduce their water losses.”

Wesgro CEO Tim Harris said: “The IWA Water Loss Conference comes at a critical time considering the environmental challenges the Western Cape is facing. This conference will provide attendees with an unparalleled opportunity to share insights and collaborate to find solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing, not just the Cape, but regions across the globe.”

Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille, added: “We are positioning Cape Town as the ideas capital in Africa and it is precisely these kinds of events we want to attract so that this becomes the point where great ideas are discussed and taken all over the world to be implemented.”