French-Mexican seminar at the CONAGUA

A "French-Mexican dialogue" seminar took place on 30 June 2015 in Mexico-DF.
It dealt with technologies for drinking water, drainage, sanitation and meteorology and was jointly organized by the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), “ANEAS” and services of the French Embassy in Mexico and BUSINESS France.
On this occasion, the major building work implemented with the French Development Agency (AFD) support, to improve the efficiency of water services in the city of San Luis Potosi, was presented in particular.
IOWater was invited to present to Mexican stakeholders the French policy on the reduction of water losses, including in particular the recent operational recommendations and procedures for the development of a strategic plan to reduce losses, relying on the decrees from the French Law for the protection of the receiving environment.
BUSINESS France is supporting the Mexican entrepreneurs participating in the SENSECUBE Project, which aims to establish a business incubator for innovative companies in the water and sanitation sector, offering alternative solutions for sustainable water resources management.

35th anniversary of ANAES

The Mexican National Association of Water and Sanitation Utilities (Asociación Nacional de Empresas de Agua y Saneamiento - ANEAS) celebrated its 35th anniversary on 14 August 2015 in Mexico City.
On this occasion “ANEAS” organized a Forum on sustainable management of water and sanitation utilities.
The topics discussed at the Forum were organized in four sessions on:
1) How to understand sustainable management of water and sanitation utilities?
2) Water quality in sustainable management of services;
3) How to build sustainable management of water and sanitation utilities?
4) Prospect of sustainability of water and sanitation services for 2030.
Meeting the challenge of sustainable water and sanitation services will require better management of available resources in the basins, efficient resource use, wastewater reuse and pollution prevention.
It will be necessary to study: how to finance the investments needed to improve productivity, interdependencies between sectors, how to reduce the risk of natural disasters (floods and droughts), how to involve vulnerable populations in integrated resource management, and how to benefit from the potential of policy reforms induced by growing scarcity.
Mr. Jean-François Donzier, IOWater General Manager, was invited to deliver one of the speeches at the Forum's opening ceremony and he participated in the focus group of session 3, where he was able to present the management of major metropolitan basins with the example of Greater Paris.