The 10th International Desalination Association (IDA) World Congress opened in Singapore on Sunday with a participation of over 600 experts and delegates from the water industry.
Themed "Desalination: the tide has turned", the six-day conference will discuss issues on desalination and water reuse with more than 100 technical papers to be presented at the event.
Channel NewsAsia report said that Feheid Fahad Al Shareef, Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, attended the meeting. The SWCC's 27 desalination plants produce 576 million gallons of desalinated water daily.
As one of the largest users of desalinated water in the world, Saudi Arabia consumes 30 percent of the world's desalinated water production, which accounts for 70 percent of the country's total water supply.
Singapore will also share its experiences on NEWater and water catchment during the conference.
Established in 1985, the IDA has dedicated itself to the development and promotion of the appropriate use of desalination technology and water reuse worldwide.
It is the first time for the non-profit international organization to hold its World Congress in Singapore.