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Editor’s Note: Jal Sabha

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In April 2018 issue, we are covering the 2018 edition of Jal Sabha (8-9 March, Pune), the first big water event organized by Express Water. Jal Sabha is a forum exclusively designed for the heads of the water supply and sewage departments of Municipal Corporations. In this -by invite only- forum, top municipal professionals from different states and cities came together to debate and discuss issues faced by the corporations around water supply and sewage, 24×7 water supply, smart metering, STPs (financing, and decentralized STPs), among others. Rajendra Jagtap, CEO – Pune Smart City, was the keynote speaker. Highlights of the event were engaging panel discussions on smart cities, safe drinking water, and recycle & reuse of sewage. The event concluded with Smart Infrastructure Innovation Awards. The success of this event clearly highlights the growing needs and challenges prevailing in the Indian Municipal Water segment.

The positive interest of International Water Companies in the Indian Water Sector can also be seen by the recent updates on new projects, contracts and expansion plans of companies. We’ve included these updates in News and Market sections this month.

All our monthly columns prove to be a very interesting read this month. The WaterAid column remembers the noted environmentalist Anupam Mishra and his ideas on water (he wrote classics like ‘Rajasthan Ki Rajat Boondein’ and ‘Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talab’ highlighting how from centuries communities with their immense wisdom managed water through traditional rainwater harvesting systems, pond creation, community forestry, etc).

Frost & Sullivan column in this issue focuses on Global Water and Wastewater Disinfection Market. It specifically says that the advanced disinfection technology, UV-LED is gradually but surely replacing chlorination as a reliable and sustainable disinfectant. UV and Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) disinfection is expected to constitute 34% of the total disinfection market share by 2024.

Globally, women only make up 17% of the paid workforce in the water sector. Despite their vast experience with water management, women have been consistently excluded from professionally entering this sector. The column by Australian Water Partnership (AWP) looks at the involvement of women in water utilities & upper leadership roles.

Ensuring access to good quality water can be a challenge due to economic as well as domestic activities impacting the quality of surface and groundwater supplies, as per the column by Robert Brears this month. Hence, to avoid having to develop new water supplies due to contamination a number of jurisdictions are turning to water source protection methods which involve the protection of surface water sources and the protection of groundwater sources from contamination of any kind.

In our May issue, we will focus on “Water Loss” (non-revenue water, leakage detection & control, pressure management, water-supply efficiency, software modelling, smart water networks, etc). I welcome editorial contributions on this and all other topics which you find significant for the water sector. Keep sending me your updates on new water & wastewater projects, policies and people.

MAYUR SHARMA
Editor 
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“Clean water, the essence of life and a birthright for everyone, must become available to all people now.”
Jean-Michel Cousteau

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