India Australia Business Summit

Session on Water and Environmental Sustainability

CII Water Institute and Austrade jointly organized a Session on Water and Environmental Sustainability, at the India Australia Business Summit on 12th January 2015. The Session focused upon two important aspects for water management: River Rejuvenation for Sustainability and Water treatment Opportunities in India. The Session witnessed the presence of prominent speakers from Government of Australia, Industries from the water sector in Australia, Ministry of Water resources, Delhi Jal Board as well as Indian companies, researchers and stakeholders related to the sector. The Speakers from Australia showcased their experience with regard to river rejuvenation and the sectorial entitlements and efficient management of effluents.

The Panel Discussion on Water Treatment Opportunities in India also witnessed intense deliberations, with the speakers highlighting the various ways by which recycled water could be used for numerous applications through the innovative technologies that are available.

The Session also witnessed presentations from some of the Australian companies from the Waste water treatment sector .

A bilateral Water agenda: Using Policy & Technology to ensure Water Security

CII Water Institute inks MoU with the Water Research Center, Tel Aviv University, on Improving Indian Water Scenario across States and Regions.

CII Water Institute, CII’s Center of Excellence on Water and the Water Research Center, Tel Aviv University, Israel, entered into Memorandum of Understanding on 22nd December 2016 at the 9th India Israel Forum’s Session “A bilateral Water agenda: Using Policy & Technology to ensure Water Security” in Mumbai. The MoU was signed by Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, and Prof Joseph Klafter, President, Tel Aviv University.

The MoU enhances cooperation of the two countries on planning, designing, and implementing new and innovative tools and technologies that improve management of water in India. It also identifies opportunities and geographical areas where WRC-TAU and CII Water Institute will pool expertise and derive workable, scalable solutions in the water sector in India, for the benefit of the community at large. This includes technology, management, policy reforms and advance tools and techniques.

It covers various sectors namely, irrigation, industry, domestic water use, wastewater management, municipal sewage recycle, improving water use efficiency, training and capacity building, and most importantly implementing of strategies in drought prone areas of India. CII Water Institute and Water Research Center, TAU together will work towards improving the water scenario across several states and regions of India.

The workshop included water technology experts, government representatives, academia, and industry leaders from both India and Israel. The sessions focused on the need for an integrated approach to ensure water security by improving water use efficiency. The Workshop also highlighted learnings from Israel with new paradigms of water governance and the roadmap towards building a culture of water saving. With eminent speakers showcasing innovative technologies with focus on smart water solutions, decision support systems for protection of aquifers and water resource conservation, the deliberations at the workshop presented solutions for addressing the challenges in the Water sector.

Memorandum of Understanding with Water Industry Alliance (WIA)

CII Water Institute, CII’s Center of Excellence on Water and Water Industry Alliance (WIA) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on 8th August 2016 in New Delhi. The MoU was signed by Ms. Rachel Barratt Chief Executive Officer, Water Industry Alliance Inc. and Mr.S Raghupathy Deputy Director General Confederation of Indian Industry

The MoU establishes the basis for co-operation, collaboration and consultation between the CII and the WIA on issues of mutual interest and to achieve mutual objectives in relation to South Australian businesses working with CII on water initiatives for India and in particular, Rajasthan, which is a Sister State with South Australia. It also acknowledges the existing relationship between the Parties, based on shared objectives in relation to water management issues, and sets out general principles under which the Parties will work to achieve mutual objectives.

It also aims to encourage and identify opportunities and areas where WIA Members and CII Water Institute can pool expertise and derive learnings and workable, scalable solutions in the water sector in India. This may include technology, management, policy reforms and advance tools and techniques.

The Water Industry Alliance facilitates the growth of the South Australian water industry in business, research and education by Informing and connecting members, Promoting successes of its members and the wider industry, Liaising with and informing government, Showcasing the SA water industry and its members to the world, Connecting world leading research to product development, and Providing frameworks to facilitate entry to new markets.