India hosts world's largest water-loss conference for the first time

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Bengaluru, Nov 21: World's largest water loss conference was held in India for the first time on Friday, Nov 20. The conference's organised here aimed spreading awareness over loss of water.

India is second most water consuming country in the world.


Conference titled 'Water loss 2016' was attended by panelists: Ganesh Pagare, Regional director Asia of IWA, Jagdish Patnakar, Mangaging Director of MM Active Sci-Tech Communication Pvt, GC Chandrashekar, Chairman Karnataka Urban Water Supply & Drainage Board, S Krishnapa, BWSSB Chief Engineer, B Srinivasa Reddy Chairman IWWA and Anadi Charan Sahu, General Manager of Small Industries Development Bank of India.

B Srinivasa Reddy, IWWA Exclusively told OneIndia, "The purpose of the this event is to create awarenes not only in the state but all over India about the ground reality of water loss particularly in city and urban areas."

He further added,"We want the people understand the technology to reduce water loss and we will spread awareness amongst children as well."

"The biennial conference will address the most pressing issues like water-loss reduction strategies, management of distribution networks, energy efficiency (water loss and energy impacts), smart metering and largely the role of technology in improving water management efficiency and will try to connect it with government as well as private to bring out solution for water loss," said Jagdish Patnakar.

On youth participation in awareness Patnakar said,"The most initiative this comes with youngsters as we think with in limitation but they (youth) don't think with any limitations and that's the beauty of youngsters coming up with broad solutions."

Ganesh Pangare said,"The Water Loss 2016 conference is a critical meeting of water professionals to address the challenges and solutions related to water loss. Bringing together leading experts and practitioners is critical to address the challenges and create capacities to implement effective and sustainable solutions."

S Krishnapa, said,"Water Loss 2016 with focal theme 'towards minimum losses through technologies; Proactive Policies and Sustainment' will be addressed by over 100 International Speakers, 1000 delegates, and over 100 companies would be showcasing in the exhibition."

On being asked over illegal water connections in Bengaluru, Krishnapa said,"They are consuming water at the cost of the legal connection holders and we have no control over private water tank suppliers."

The event will have participation from over 10 countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore, UK, USA, amongst others.

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