The International Symposium on Water Supply Technology is Japan’s only regularly-held international conference on water supply technology. It has been held every three years since 1988, when the first meeting took place in Kobe. Our upcoming 11th Symposium will meet in July 2019 in Yokohama, the birthplace of modern waterworks in Japan.
Water supply services are currently facing numerous issues, such as aging facilities and declining populations. The first important step toward overcoming such problems is to set out a clear future vision, and then take on fresh challenges.
Recent years have also witnessed the exponential progress of information and communication technologies (ICT). Today, applications of ICT, no longer confined to the world of computers, permeate all aspects of everyday living. Smart technologies have been a subject of great interest to those of us involved in water supply as well, and are increasingly embraced to optimize and streamline operations. Reflecting this trend, the 11th Symposium will be held under the main theme of “Water Supply Services and their Future: Reliable, Sustainable and Smart.” We hope active discussions at this Symposium will help solve issues faced by water supply services, and drive new initiatives.
This Symposium will be accompanied by an exhibition showcasing examples of smart water supply solutions and other cutting-edge water supply technologies. The exhibition is hoped to encourage business networking as well as information and technology exchange.
Since opening its port to foreign trade in 1859, Yokohama has grown into a cosmopolitan city playing a vital role in Japan’s trade and foreign affairs, and one of the country’s leading gateways for new information, technologies, and culture. We are delighted to be bringing our Symposium to this dynamic city with a rich history of national and international exchange.
We sincerely look forward to your participation in the symposium and exhibition.
- Shinichiro Ohgaki
Chairman, the 11th International Symposium on Water Supply Technology Steering Committee
President, Japan Water Research Center