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Australians to Speak at the Inaugural Singapore International Water Week.

Singapore, June 19, 2008 - (ACN Newswire) - Senior company executives and government leaders from Australia will be in Singapore this month at the inaugural Singapore International Water Week to share their country's experience and expertise in water management and to attract investors, as Australia endures its driest May on record*.

Participants from Australia and the region will discuss how their countries have overcome water resource issues, and will meet with developers of new technologies, which have high energy efficiencies and leave little or no negative impact on the environment. These are critical learning points, as state and federal governments are turning to technology such as desalination and water reclamation to meet growing domestic demand and dwindling natural supplies.

Senior government leaders, including Mr John Kolbelke Western Australian State Minister for Water Resources and Ms Karlene Maywald, South Australian State Minister for the River Murray, Water Security and Regional Development, will be presenting at the Australia Business Forum, one of seven business forums at Water Week, a global platform for water solutions which brings together policymakers, industry leaders, experts and practitioners to address challenges, showcase technologies, discover opportunities and celebrate achievements in the water world. These business forums serve as a platform for international delegates and business leaders to explore opportunities in regions such as Europe, China, India, Japan, Middle East, and South-East Asia. The inaugural Water Week is held from 23-27 June 2008.

Other speakers at the Australian Business Forum on 26 June include Tom Mollenkopf, CEO of the Australian Water Association; Kerry Schott, Managing Director of Sydney Water; Rob Skinner, Managing Director of Melbourne Water; Peter Moore, Chief Operating Officer of Water Corporation; Nick Apostolidis, GHD Director and leader of GHD's Water Business Stream; Dr Tony Church, Senior Environmental Scientist at Sinclair Knight Merz; and Jim Keary, CEO of Hunter Water Australia. The session will be co-chaired by Dr David Barnes, President of the Australia Water Association and Mr Ralph Eberts, Managing Director (Asia Pacific Region) Black & Veatch Water .

The forum will feature discussions on these topics:

* Major infrastructure projects in the water and wastewater sector and the estimated value of these infrastructure projects by water services agencies in Australia in the next few years.

* Current and emerging structural and institutional arrangements in the water sector in Australia

* Range of delivery methods used for both capital works and maintenance and different business models

In addition, Singapore-based water companies that are planning collaborations and projects with the Australian state governments will be represented at the Water Expo, the tradeshow segment of the event.

"These valuable interactions among the various stakeholders in the water industry will facilitate important tie-ups and exchange of expertise across all markets," said Michael Toh, General Manager of the Singapore International Water Week. "Our counterparts in Australia have a wealth of experience in water management, and we look forward to hearing from them and exchanging ideas on how we can manage this precious resource."

The Australian Water Market: An Overview

The availability and management of water resources has become a key issue in Australia. The recent drought, the importance of agricultural industries which rely on irrigation and growing population centres have highlighted the need to better manage scarce water resources and secure new sources of supply. These issues, in addition to the impact of climate change, are driving policy change across Australian state and federal governments.

Significant infrastructure programs are being developed by the federal and state governments to address growing concerns regarding the sustainability of Australia's water resources, including the provision of water supplies and services. Large scale desalination, water recycling and other infrastructure projects are being considered or implemented in every major city in Australia.

* Drought Statement, National Climate Centre:

http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/drought/drought.shtml

About Singapore International Water Week

The Singapore International Water Week is the global platform for water solutions. It will bring policymakers, industry leaders, experts and practitioners together to address challenges, showcase technologies, discover opportunities and celebrate achievements in the water world.

Comprising the Water Leaders Summit, Water Convention, Water Expo and Water Festival, it culminates in the presentation of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, a prestigious international award to recognise outstanding contributions in solving global water issues. The inaugural Singapore International Water Week will be held from 23 to 27 June 2008. The theme is Sustainable Water Solutions for Cities. For more information, please visit www.siww.com.sg .

Source: Singapore International Water Week

Contact:
Sally Toh, sally_toh@pub.gov.sg
Lim Hui Ling, Lim_Hui_Ling@pub.gov.sg

Adeline Goh, agoh@iconinternational.com.sg
Andrew Wong, awong@iconinternational.com.sg
Tel: +65 6220 2623


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