The World Water-Tech Innovation Summit hosted in London welcomed over 500 utilities, regulators, engineering firms, technology giants, investors and start-ups to exchange ideas, share experiences and create new partnerships to drive greater climate resiliency.

The summit saw two incredible days of high energy networking, thought-provoking panel discussions and impactful presentations from the Environment Agency and regional water utility and ministerial speakers from Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and Morocco.

Enjoy our short summary of the summit action complete with video highlights, photo gallery and key takeaways. The summit platform is still active for 1-1 video networking and watching sessions on demand until March 21.

Relive the Highlights

Who Joined Us?

Highlights from the Main Stage

Opening Keynote: Water Investment: Learning From The Past to Deliver for the Future

“We need solutions tailored to places, and we need innovation and investment. We need to make sure the assets that we build are properly maintained and that needs the funding and attention it deserves. But most of all I think we need that eye for the long-term so the solutions we put in place are fit for the future.”

Helen Wakeham, Director of Water TransformationTHE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY, UK

Strategic Priorities for Saudi Arabia’s Water Sector

“Saudi Arabia strives to be a global hub when it comes to innovation in the water sector. If you have a technology to scale, we would like to make sure it will expand at a global level.”

Motaz Alsolaim, General Manager – Innovation & Modern Technology, MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, WATER & AGRICULTURE, SAUDI ARABIA

Equitable Access: Maintaining Affordability in the Face of Mounting OpEx Challenges

We have to think outside the box as we go forward. We have to be very well-abled to sharpen our pencils with our strategic plans.”
Randy Hayman, Commissioner & CEO, PHILADELPHIA WATER, USA

Sustainable Financing: Maintaining Investment Momentum

“If you want a new idea to take out of this room, it should be about how we can work on better business models and financial engineering to help get start-ups out of the ‘valley of death’.”

What Our Delegates Say

“It’s a must-attend event in my busy calendar. I never turn down the opportunity to hear from other global innovators, see emerging new technologies, catch up with well-known friends and colleagues and to meet new people that I need to know about to see how we can help each other.” 
Head of Innovation, UNITED UTILITIES

It was my first time attending and I found it excellent. Managed to get a dozen 1-1 meetings booked in one day through the app, meeting the people I was looking to meet which made such a big difference.
Technical Director, WSP

This summit has been the key to establish partnerships with other utilities, as well as with technology providers. Today, we work a lot more with international stakeholders than we did in the past.

This event has been a great opportunity not only to show our solutions and experience, but also to connect with potential customers and partners. Definitely a fantastic opportunity to take the pulse of the water sector globally.
Head of Product and Technology, AGANOVA

See You Next Time

After such a great summit, we’re already excited to see how we can grow the summit in 2025! Save the date now, and keep in touch with James Dennis if you’re interested in taking an active role as a summit partner, speaker or start-up.