28/06/2022 – Sustainability / Water / Idrica / Valencia / WEX Global / Security / Technology

International experts meet in Valencia to discuss water sector sustainability
International experts meet in Valencia to discuss water sector sustainability

Valencia in Spain is set to become the international water capital from June 27-29, with over 100 experts in water cycle technology and management from more than 40 countries expected to convene in the city to discuss the main challenges in smart management, IoT technologies and the industry’s digital transformation.

Idrica and Global Omnium are to host WEX Global for the second time, in its return as an in-person event following the pandemic.


The theme of WEX Global’s 15th edition show is the potential of the circular economy, with experts set to discuss global challenges in the water and energy sectors, and their links with civil society, with an eye on the future.

Digital twins, optimisation, water security and reducing non-revenue water 

The digital transformation of water and energy, sustainability, innovation, investment, and water security will be the main topics of discussion in these debates. In addition, two pre-event forums have been added this year, focusing on marketing and the circular economy.


Valencia-headquartered Idrica – a leading international technology company for the water industry, specialising in digital solutions – is set to play a major role in the various expert panels. Pilar Conejos, the company's Digital Twin Manager, is taking part in the debate on digital twins, and the water specialist Joan Carles Guardiola will be speaking in the panel on asset management optimisation. Idrica's CTO, Pablo Alcoriza, will be sharing his experiences in the forum of world leaders on how technology is transforming the future of cities. In addition, Chema Nebot, Idrica's Business Development Director, is to moderate the round table on water security in Latin America and the Caribbean. Finally, Jorge Helmbrecht, the firm's Business Development Manager, is joining the panel on the importance of reducing non-revenue water.


Pablo Calabuig, CEO of GoAigua US, will be welcoming the attendees, together with Mark Barker, CEO of WEX Global. Elisa Valía, the Councilor for the Integrated Water Cycle in Valencia, and Dionisio García, the CEO of Global Omnium, will also be taking part in the opening ceremony. Pablo Calabuig and Dionisio García are also joining as panelists in the first debate on digital transformation and climate change. Patricia Pastor, Managing Director of GoHub Ventures, is participating in the Innovation Forum.


Valencian technology, a global benchmark in water management  

On June 27, participants will have the chance to visit Global Omnium to learn about the world's most advanced digital twin operating in the water sector today. Based on Idrica's GoAigua platform, it optimises daily operations and provides 1.7 million people with consistent-quality drinking water 24 hours a day.


This technology, which has been up and running since 2009, supports operational and management decisions in Valencia's metropolitan water networks. It constantly integrates data from meters, SCADAs and other systems to virtually replicate the behaviour of the network in real time with extraordinary accuracy.

Idrica to feature on WEX Global Awards jury

Valencia's Oceanográfico aquarium has been chosen as the venue for the prestigious WEX Global Awards, which will be presented at the event's gala dinner on June 28. These global accolades recognise the most innovative solutions in various fields such as circular water use, decarbonisation, digital water management, financing and marketing.


Idrica's Operations Business Partner, Francisco Javier Salguero, is one of the jury's panel of experts in the innovation in digital water management category.


Idrica is the main sponsor and Global Omnium is the welcoming utility of one of the world's leading water management events. In this 15th meeting, the Netherlands is participating as a partner through the Water Alliance and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, and the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX) is a global business development partner. The event is framed in a world of continuous change, in which the management of the precious resource that is water is key to addressing major environmental, social and economic challenges.


WEX Global runs from 27-29 June in Valencia, Spain. For more details, visit: https://wex-global.com

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