Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse is World Water Week Theme Aug. 27- Sept. 1, 2017
World Water Week, one of the leading international annual meetings on water and development issues, will be held in Stockholm from Aug. 27 through Sept. 1. This year’s theme, Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse, is a holistic system perspective that addresses issues and challenges by engaging all water-dependent sectors, particularly food and energy. The theme will cover the entire geographical range: upstream to downstream—from source to sea—and both rural and urban.
Orange County Water District General Manager Mike Markus will be a participant, speaking on two panels: Launch Water Security Journal: Panel Discussion on Sanitation and Health; and Water Scarce Cities: Towards Urban Water Security Under Scarcity.
Each year thousands of participants—scientists, policy makers, and those from private and public sectors—from more than 130 countries network, exchange ideas and foster new thinking around the most pressing water-related challenges of today. The Week is meant to inspire collaborative action and bridges science, policy and practice.
“According to OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) predictions, global water demand is projected to increase by 55 percent between 2000 and 2050. A circular economy in which both water and waste are managed as the assets they are is important to this challenge,” according to Torgny Holmgren, executive director, Stockholm International Water Institute.
During the Week, one of the world’s most respected honors for water achievement—the Stockholm Industry Water Award—is awarded to help recognize outstanding water achievements by water agencies or corporations that promote interest in water and sustainability issues. The Groundwater Replenishment System, a joint project between the Orange County Water District and Orange County Sanitation District, received a 2008 Stockholm Industry Water Award.
World Water Week is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), which stimulates the development of innovative policies and scientifically-based solutions to water-related challenges. SIWI’s vision is a water wise world that recognizes the unique value of water, and ensures that it is shared and allocated sustainably, equitably and efficiently, to meet everyone’s basic needs.