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The Latest Trends In Water Technology

Featured on the very first issue of GineersNow: Water Leaders is Olivia Lum, the Executive Chairman and Group CEO of Hylux.

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If you’re reading this, make sure you look around you and realize that you’re one of the lucky few people who can easily get water from the sink without ever having to worry about the lack of clean water supply. Unfortunately, most of us just take advantage of the idea that clean water will always be there. The truth is we’re running out of freshwater supply and it’s evident in so many regions of this planet already. Millions of people are already suffering from the lack of access to clean water. It’s terrifying to think about a future where only billionaires can afford water. What was once taken for granted will become the most valuable resource to survive in this ever-changing world.

As part of GineersNow’s plan to spread the news on the vulnerability of today’s water supply, we are launching GineersNow: Water Leaders. In this magazine, we will feature different organizations that provide new and better water technologies to help solve today’s challenges and give the best solutions to several problems for private organizations and communities.

Featured on the very first issue of GineersNow: Water Leaders is Olivia Lum, the Executive Chairman and Group CEO of Hylux. Considered to be one of the most influential water leaders in the world, she shares the latest trends in water technology and the future of her company and the water industry.

This month’s issue also puts the spotlight on interesting water technologies from different parts of the globe. From a cloud that rains tequila in Germany to a device that generates electricity out of water in the Philippines, find out what engineers and scientists are developing inside the water industry today.

Read more  Innovative Water Solutions for Sustainable Development

We’ve also added some of our best leadership articles to help any engineer become better at work. Are you a workaholic already? Have you ever wondered if you already reached your full potential at your workplace? Do you want to become productive and happier when working? We’ve got helpful tips to get you started on becoming a better version of you.

So sit back and learn something new in this industry today. Keep up with the latest trends on the water industry with GineersNow: Water Leaders.

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Robert Bagatsing
Managing Editor and Founder of GineersNow based in Dubai and Manila. Survived marketing at Harvard, Management at AIM and proud Bedan.


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  1. Hyflux is one of the best companies here in Singapore. They are truly a remarkable organization. We at National University of Singapore had several case studies about their growth. Great to know that they are going global.

  2. Hyuflux is here in Oman. They are building a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant.

  3. I am the project manager of Oman Power & Water Procurement (OPWP) and I like to say that Hyflux is a good professional company.

  4. Me gusta la historia de Hyflux. Muy interesante ver el crecimiento de esta empresa.
    Alejandro Ballester Barral
    Responsable de Proyectos en Magreb en Acciona Agua, S.A. Algeria

  5. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation challenged universities to design toilets that capture and process human waste without piped water, sewer or electrical connections, while capturing useful resources. Now that is WATER INNOVATION!!! I think DEWA, SEWA or ADWEA should implement this in UAE.

  6. Over the past decade it has been apparent that the UK Water Industry can make a major contribution to the Government aims of a Circular Economy in which materials from wastes are returned to other productive parts of the economy, thus reducing the amount of waste for ultimate disposal. This should also be implement in Middle East and Asia.

  7. Just to add this information in your article page 12.
    Alfa Laval’s products are also used in power plants, aboard ships, in the mechanical engineering industry, in the mining industry and for wastewater treatment, as well as for comfort climate and refrigeration applications.

    Anantha Padmanabhan
    Managing Director
    Alfa Laval – India

  8. The new off-grid IP66 Solar Inverter (RSI) introduced by Grundfos converts
    traditionally powered SP submersible pump irrigation systems into modern solar powered installations, not only making the water supply system self-reliant and independent, but also cut operating cost substantially in a sector where profitability is a key factor.

    Søren Brøndum
    Director, Continuous Improvement EMEA

  9. In addition to your article, page 14. Flowserve Corporation has entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement to sell its Gestra AG business unit to Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc for an enterprise value of $231 million. In addition to the product’s core manufacturing facilities in Bremen, Germany, the sale also includes several other smaller associated businesses supporting Gestra products.

    Neil Poynton
    Group Information Manager
    Spirax Sarco

  10. Thank you for including Carbon Clean Solution in your famous magazine. Together we aim to create a world class technology company that will contribute to a carbon free future.
    Carbon Clean Solutions (CCS) is an innovation leader in carbon dioxide (CO2) separation technology for industrial and gas treating applications. Our step change technology significantly reduces the costs and environmental impacts over existing CO2 separation techniques. With prime focus on innovation, we aim to provide customised low cost, energy efficient solutions for carbon dioxide separation to our customers. Our globally spread teams strive to help large scale CO2 emitters in solving the challenges of continued usage of non-renewable fossil fuels, and reducing the environmental impact of high carbon dioxide emissions.
    Aniruddha Sharma
    Carbon Clean Solutions

  11. Can you also feature Nalco in your magazine? We also have a lot of innovation in water treatment.

    Sayan Chakraborty
    Technical Engineer – India
    Nalco, An Ecolab Company

  12. Improving the security and resilience of drinking water and wastewater infrastructures is vital to ensure the provision of clean and safe water.

    Suleiman Alqasmi
    GM Asset Management
    Haya Water Oman

  13. While there are a number of new and emerging technologies for water treatment, such as ultraviolet (UV) disinfection and desalination, managers are often constricted by limited budgets and capital restrictions. Creativity and/or new developments on the funding front will be necessary for technologies like UV and desalination to scale.

    Parveen Kathuria
    Syngenta Indonesia

  14. Water resources are important to both society and ecosystems. We depend on a reliable, clean supply of drinking water to sustain our health, and water is also needed for agriculture, energy production, manufacturing, etc.

    Marwa Al Suwaidi
    Head of Smart Services Management Section
    Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority

  15. Today’s industrial wastewater managers face an overflowing plate of immediate and long-range challenges. Water security is one of them. We must develop new security technologies to detect and monitor contaminants and prevent security breaches.

    Khalid Alsubaie
    Vice President & MaSa Board Member

  16. It is critical that we seek to spur increased adoption of water reuse – a strategy that allows the world to take advantage of a water source constantly replenished every day regardless of drought or climate change. Treated municipal wastewater is a virtually untapped resource.

    Shifaa Al Baity
    Research Scientist 1

  17. The development and implementation of water treatment technologies have been mostly driven by three primary factors: the discovery of new rarer contaminants, the promulgation of new water quality standards, and cost. For the first 75 years of this century, chemical clarification, granular media filtration, and chlorination were virtually the only treatment processes used in municipal water treatment. However, the past 20 years have seen a dramatic change in the water industry’s approach to water treatment in which water utilities have started to seriously consider alternative treatment technologies to the traditional filtration/chlorination treatment approach. This paper identifies and discusses some of these “emerging” technologies.

    Issam Najm

  18. Desalination has such interesting applications but from this article, it seems as though the technology has a long road ahead in order to become a more cost-effective and less resource-intensive technology. I am astounded by the fact that 80% of the world’s population live in areas with limited water supplies. With such a high percentage, I am curious to know if IDE Technologies have looked to partner with national governments to gain access to resources to assist in further R&D to leverage this technology.

    Another interesting point in the article is that Israel is a net water exporter. What is the environmental impact on exporting this water to other regions? I also wonder how IDE can optimally position their global desalination plants in order to minimize their environmental impact from transporting desalinated water. The article brings up an excellent point around desalination offshore. It will be interesting to see if this industry decides to shift to smaller plans in order to be able to have presences in a larger number of geographies or if larger plants are in fact the most economical and sustainable way to desalinate water.

  19. Despite having aquifers like Saq, Wajid, Tabuk, Dhurma, Dammam, and others, the water here is highly brackish. With a declining level of precipitation, the country derives 70% of its urban water supply from desalination.
    The depleting natural precipitation and ground-water levels and increasing population are the major drivers of the sector in the Middle East region. A continued effort at increasing diversification of government income from hydrocarbons is another factor that has led to an increase in construction projects, industries, manufacturing plants, etc., leading to more demand for fresh water. Moreover, the government is supporting and encouraging the establishment of desalination plants to meet the nation’s demands.

    Yasser Alsanad
    Deputy Executive Director, Customer Experience
    National Water Company

  20. These days, we have so many metering devices, tracking devices and automated analytical procedures that can be applied to wastewater treatment, This allows companies to do a better job of managing wastewater without requiring additional manpower.

    Colins Queiroz
    Sr.Procurement Manager, India
    Aquatech International Corporation

  21. Anaerobic digesters are being used more and more. These digesters produce gas that can be used for a number of things, one of which is to burn in engines that drive generators.

    Ramesh Viswanathan
    Head, Technology and Innovation Management
    Siemens Technology India

  22. Custom Showers using digital valves. All the big players now offer a digital valve. You can even operate from your phone. Imagine lying in bed on a cold winter morning and using your phone to turn on your shower!

    Jessica Puffer
    Store Manager
    Gerhard’s Kitchen and Bath

  23. Thanks to new technology and an increased appreciation for practical design, the faucet has become an integral part of a kitchen and bath’s décor. Now any sink in your home offers you the opportunity to introduce a new and unique design element.

    Saeed Aldhaheri
    Vice President Projects and Asset Management
    Arkan Building Materials PJSC

  24. I saw all your content in Linkedin groups. You guys must have an army of social media followers.

    Fabulous engineering site you got here. Just like buzz feed… but way too cool.

    Megan McKinney
    Technical Sales Engineer
    Ductmate Industries, Inc.

  25. In response to increasing water scarcity, over the last 30 years desalination has evolved into a viable alternative water supply. It allows us to tap non-traditional water resources with great potential to provide a sustainable, drought-proof water supply.

    Mohammed Almogbil
    Marketing Manager
    SAWACO – Water Desalination

  26. Despite the benefits in water savings, tankless units tend to be more expensive than storage units.

    Alberto Torner
    MEA Regional Manager
    Ariston Thermo Group

  27. We have the most water efficient machines that will save thousands of gallons of water per year.

    Archit Aggarwal
    Technical Field Engineer
    Whirlpool Corporation – EMEA

  28. The Gulf Cooperation Council wastewater and reuse market is still growing.

    Jamal Omar
    GM Corporate Strategy

  29. Membrane technology is becoming increasingly common in wastewater treatment facilities, as the separation process operates without heating, therefore using less energy than conventional thermal separation processes.

    Jean-Philippe Laurent
    Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing

  30. Good review of innovations in desalination and water reuse technology.

    Desalination plant manager
    Huta Group Saudi Arabia

  31. I appreciate the initiative and would like to know whether you provide to village communities in countries like Senegal, my country. Faithfully Yours.

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