Strengthening the Australia-Vietnam relationship, Australian Water Association facilitated the largest Australian delegation visit to Vietwater in November, 2017. As a part of the delegation, Enviro Concepts showcased our water treatment and wastewater recycling capabilities for Vietnam.
The Vietnam Water Challenge
Even though Vietnam continues to make progress towards meeting its sustainable development goals, it is facing significant issues in areas of water supply, sanitation and wastewater treatment. There are several contributing factors including high population growth rate, rapid urbanisation, increasing industrialisation, and lack of enforcement of environmental protection laws.
As the country faces rapid economic development, the river water quality is affected with increased concentration of various toxins in the water. The surface water of the rivers is locally polluted by organic pollutants, oil and grease, and solids. Industrial and agriculture activities contribute to water pollution.
The Australian Water Association (AWA), in partnership with Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA) and with the support from Australian and Vietnamese governments have commenced a series of initiatives to support the sharing of expertise and innovations in water. Vietwater trade event is part of that initiative.
The establishment of Vietnam and Australia’s diplomatic relations commenced in February 1973 and over the recent years in has strengthened. Vietwater 2017 saw 140 Australian delegates from the private sector, government and water utilities visiting the trade show. The Australia booth promoted 42 businesses, each company showcasing their products and services on display. Enviro Concepts shared new developments in our modular water filtration plants and water recycling technologies.
At the same time as Vietwater 2017, there were many other objectives at the event. They included:
- Inaugural Women of Water workshop
- Promotion of the Australia-Vietnam twinning program between 5 Australian and 5 Vietnam water utilities. The Australian water utilities included Cairns Regional Council, Perth Water Corporation and SEQ Water
Vietwater 2017 Highlights
The Vietwater 2017 delegates were provided with opportunities throughout the week to network and take a close look at products and solutions. There were several conferences and presentations that focused not just on the challenges of water treatment in Vietnam but also innovation, new technology and case studies that could support the solutions for Vietnam.
In the International conference, the focus was sustainable water development. Francois Gouws, President of Australia Water Association, Managing Director of Trility talked about The Riverland Project, whereby safe drinking water was delivered to 90 towns through innovation and private sector participation.
At the technical seminar, Australian delegates presented various solutions on small to medium applications of desalination, including a talk by Evoqua Water Technology’s Director Bruce Biltoft, who spoke about ultrafiltration for drinking water treatment.
At the Women of Water Workshop, along with AWA President and Australian Consul General to Vietnam, Elise Coughlin of Trade Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources spoke about Victorian Government’s approach to empowering women.
Enviro Concepts was excited to be part of both the conference presentations and the trade show with Alex Winter, Director of Enviro Concepts, presenting on Enviro Concepts capabilities for Vietnam. For more information on Enviro Concepts water treatment products and packages, visit our webpage.
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