Water scarcity and desalination will be hot topics at the International Water Association’s (IWA) World Water Congress and Exhibition to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 9-14 October.

Responding to increasing water scarcity, desalination is evolving into a viable alternative water supply, with approximately 18,000 desalination plants in existence worldwide at the end of 2015.

The IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition is hosting a summit on water scarcity and drought on 10 October, which will bring together the latest technology and best practice, showcasing the future of desalination and how to combat water scarcity.

This is the world’s first summit on water scarcity and drought and will initially comprise leadership from 20 companies, governments in 12 countries, organisations, civil society and academia.

The summit will focus on:

  • Creating climate preparedness and resilience
  • Establishing portfolios of water supply and demand management
  • Strengthening mechanisms to measure and exchange on water scarcity and drought
  • Mobilising public and private investments.

The IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition 2016 will be attended by 5,000 thought-leaders, decision-makers, researchers and professionals from across the water sector and will include workshops, technical sessions and business forums offering new insights into the science, technologies and practices that are shaping global water management.

The Congress and Exhibition attracts water professionals from over 100 countries who showcase examples of industrial water management, public-private partnerships for service delivery, new policies and regulations, delivering clean water to growing populations, and cleaning up polluted river systems at scale.

This partner content is brought to you by International Water Association. For more information and to register, visit

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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