Summit in Review

The World Water-Tech Innovation Summit in London welcomed global utilities, engineering firms, regulators, tech providers and investors to exchange ideas, share experiences and create new partnerships with the goal of improving energy efficiency and climate resiliency.

The summit featured in-person sessions on-stage and networking with an audience of 500+ delegates attending from across 40 countries.

Scroll down for our highlights from a fantastic two days of fresh thought leadership, critical debate and high-level networking.

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Our Delegates Said

“World Water-Tech is my ‘go to’ event that is always energising, stimulating and very well-organised. My company has bought new products and services from people we’ve met there. I encourage everyone interested in the future of the water sector to attend and take part.”
Head of Innovation, UNITED UTILITIES

“The summit offered many of the benefits of a much larger conference by the quality & relevance of presentation topics covered, but the 1-1 networking experience from a smaller, more engaging environment was a significant plus.”
Head of Innovation, DC WATER

“The World Water Tech Innovation Summit in London is THE place to be if you want to meet people that are hungry for innovation. Plus, innovation teams from utilities can enjoy the conferences in order to exchange ideas with their colleagues and learn what is new in this market throughout the world.”
Business Development Specialist, RHETICUS (PLANETEK ITALIA)

“The summit is a great meeting place to reconnect and meet new contacts in the global water market.”

“If you want to know the latest innovations and meet the thought leaders of the water world, you should attend the World Water-Tech Innovation Summit. You will share experiences on the main issues facing the water industry and energy conversations in a global warming world that makes the water resource even more valuable for lives and businesses.”
President Water Wastewater Segment, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

“The event continues to provide a great mix of keynotes, insightful panels and roundtables, with plentiful opportunity for networking whether in the event space or through the well facilitated 1-1 meeting platform. After seven years of attendance I can attest to the growing popularity of this event and will be in attendance again in 2024.”

Highlights from the Summit Stage

Net Zero: The Role of Technology in a Healthy Watershed

Victoria EdwardsCEOFIDO, UK
“Our priority must be about making our water networks resilient,;we pump less and we replace less. We will get to net zero as a consequence of actually delivering what we’re here to do. We’re in the most exciting and important industry in the world – without water, net zero doesn’t happen.

Let’s help other industries be more resilient. If we do that right we will be successful in our journey to net zero.”

Building Resilience to Climate Catastrophes & Economic Disruptions

“Serving 5 million people, we have become risk managers. Two years ago we had a significant snowstorm in the winter, then six months later in the summer we had two fires in three days. One fire caught one of our major pumping facilities and the electricity was cut.

We’re running a lot of scenarios right now to figure out what would happen if you don’t have electricity for a couple of days. What is the risk tolerance? What if 80,000 people still don’t have access to water?”


Financing Change: Driving Proactive Investment Activities

Sarah Cone, Founder & Managing PartnerSOCIAL IMPACT CAPITAL, USA
“In other industries there is a pipeline of investment including pre-set milestones and pre-set investors and the entire process is incredibly efficient. In the water sector, this doesn’t exist. We’re starting to build and make it, but it will take 3-4 years as the sector emerges.

You feel like to have you to go to the ends of the earth to raise money for a water company. It’s important to have not just venture capital funds, but strategics too. There is also a lot of government funding in the space and companies are supported by this. You have to be creative about getting money into these companies.”

Energy Uncertainty // Improving Efficiency & Finding Renewable Sources

Alain DedieuPresident Water Wastewater SegmentSCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, SWITZERLAND
“The wake-up call has been in Europe when the price is not going from 10% or 20% and in some countries its four or six times more. At the moment, the point is not to look after energy savings or energy efficiency, the point is to get off grid as quickly as possible.”

Who Joined Us?

Here are just some of the global players and industry leaders who joined us at World Water-Tech this year:

See You Next Time!


Get the date in your diary now! Join utilities, engineering firms, regulators, technology providers, investors and innovators shaping the future of the North American water industry at World Water-Tech North America on October 25-26, 2023.

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