Wednesday 21 April, 14:00 – 15:00 CEST (08:00 – 09:00 EDT)

Reinventing our water future: building back better through innovation

Fully fitted bathrooms and kitchens are an aspiration for most households. In the context of the Covid-19 crisis, access to drinking water in our homes has proven more important than ever. Yet, reliable access to safe water remains unavailable to many people around the world due to inequalities, geographical conditions and the increasing impacts of climate change. Reinventing the systems that serve them is an essential step to ensure water is available in cities in the long term.

The 50 Litre Home Coalition is aiming to nurture innovations that ensure an efficient and equitable use of drinking water for all. The Coalition enables innovators in the private sector to collaborate and interface with city governments, NGOs and communities to adapt technological innovations to local conditions. The first knowledge product produced by the 50L Home Coalition will be a white paper on water reuse. The Coalition Secretariat is interested in launching this first product in April.

In this context, this session aims to create a dialogue between innovators and city leaders/managers with a focus on the local challenges and address the following critical questions the Coalition needs to tackle: What needs, or urgencies emerged in the context of Covid-19? Was the system resilient to this shock? What are the local conditions that are being exacerbated by climate change? What is the potential of innovative technologies (e.g. water reuse) to help address emerging challenges?

Speakers:

  • Willemijn Bouland-Oosterwijk, Manager Strategy, Dunea N.V.
  • Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Cecilia Nord, Head of Sustainable Purchasing, Electrolux
  • Tobias Svanberg, Development Leader, Inter IKEA Group
  • Kavita Wankhade, Team Leader at Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP), Indian Institute for Human Settlements

21 April Day Three all time zones – Sessions & Overview agenda