Monthly Archives: September 2017


Survey: Facilitating the Financing of Market-Based WASH Projects

Waterpreneurs has launched a questionnaire addressed to water/sanitation market-based project leaders and/or entrepreneurs.

The goal of this questionnaire is twofold :

  1. Perform a global study of the water and sanitation market-based projects
  2. Facilitate the financing of the most promising projects.

The market study aims at increasing visibility between the Water and Sanitation sector and the Impact Investing Community.

You can fill out the survey HERE.

Water Fact Finding Mission to Iran and Dubai

20. – 25. October 2017 | Organized by Switzerland Global Enterprise and Swiss Business Hub Middle East

Why should you join the Water Mission?

The participant will be introduced to

  • key contacts in the Iranian and UAE water industry,
  • leading governmental entities,
  • specific local companies in water engineering and consultancy,
  • water companies who are seeking to cooperate with Swiss companies in water technologies.

You will learn how to sell in the local markets and network with globally-renowned engineering integrators who deliver large-scale infrastructure projects to these countries. Further, Swiss companies will learn about chances and challenges in these markets.

IRAN/Tehran: Iran is potentially the biggest new water market that we will see over the next decade – The National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company – which is the unit of the Ministry of Energy responsible for regional utilities – has many BOT (build-operate-transfer) projects ready to be awarded in the short term. Further contracts are structured as “buy-backs”, where an industrial water user commits to a long term off-take agreement for treated sewage effluent.

The market is undergoing tremendous changes by innovation and transformation in business and technology. Ever-evolving needs are demanding a renewed focus on go-to-market strategies and value creation. In response, the industry is leveraging new marketing strategies and technologies throughout the product lifecycle.

Now is the right time for Swiss companies to not only leverage these understandings and opportunities to grow, but also to tap into the power of new technologies and continue to stay relevant in a competitive Environment.

UAE/DUBAI : With average water consumption of over 500 liters a day per capita, the water demand of the UAE is around three times higher compared to European Union countries. Taking Dubai, as an example, with only 1.2 percent of the demand covered by ground water, the dependency on desalination as the major source for potable water in is highly significant. In order to cope with the 6.8 percent annual growth in water demand, structural changes are necessary and several projects are planned.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced plans to build new water transmission networks across the Emirate. These plans include renovating the network, replacing old connections to houses, increasing operational eiciency, strengthening the water supply network and increasing water low capacity. Based on the demand for highest international standards, Swiss technology and products are highly of interest. While looking beyond, DEWA is planning CHF 16 billion worth of projects over the next ive years to enhance the energy and water infrastructure in preparation for Expo 2020. The annually growing demand for water and especially the activities being undertaken related to the Expo 2020 will create great potentials and significant number of projects for Swiss companies.

For more information and registration click HERE.

Launch of the E-book on Sustainable Sanitation Systems

This report published by WaterLex and UN Environment was launched at Stockholm during the world Water Week during a seminar organised by UN Environment on “Opportunities and limits to water pollution regulations”.

This report published by WaterLex and UN Environment was launched at Stockholm during the World Water Week during a seminar organised by UN Environment on “Opportunities and limits to water pollution regulations”.


Today, about 2.5 billion people do not use an improved sanitation facility, and about 1 billion people practise open defaecation which is one of the main causes of drinking water pollution and diarrhoea incidences. There is therefore an urgent need for a paradigm shift towards affordable technological alternatives which should be tailored to local and specific contexts.

An option for low income countries and rural areas, is to promote wastewater treatment in ponds and lagoons, as well as the utilisation of the treated effluents for crop irrigation and aquaculture. The valuation of faecal sludge-derived products can offset treatment cost and act as an incentive to create sustainable wastewater treatment and services. Developing market-based approaches with business models can also provide long-term social benefit and profit in a sustainable manner. However, wastewater recycling and safe water reuse must be strictly regulated; because wastewater, including when treated, is highly enriched in hazardous pollutants.

The Sustainable Development Agenda stresses the importance of “leaving no one behind”, which is grounded in the human rights framework. Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) furthermore addresses some normative criteria and principles of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation. In fact, ensuring that everyone has access to adequate sanitation facilities is fundamental for human dignity and privacy, but also for protecting water resources, and public health. Integrating the Human Right to Sanitation into policies, regulations, and institutional framework, could therefore be used to increase the access to safely managed sanitation services and achievement of SDG6. The governments therefore need to integrate their national and international commitments for improving access to sanitation into policies, institutional framework, action plans and budgets.

The report can be downloaded HERE.