Report on the ISO International Workshop on Water

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Report on the ISO International Workshop on Water

I. Summary of the ISO International Workshop on Water
  1. Date: 25 (Wed) – 26 (Thu) July 2012
  2. Venue: Kobe International Convention Centre, Kobe Portopia Hotel & Kobe Gakuin University
  3. Participants: 152 (107 Japanese & 45 foreign speakers and other participants)
  4. Participating nations: 28 & 1 region (EU representative)
    Names of nations: Japan, Brazil, Israel, Russia, France, Netherlands, South Korea, Singapore, Kenya, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Switzerland, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, South Africa, United States, Malaysia, Uruguay, Botswana, India, Egypt, Yemen, Iran, Thailand, Serbia, Papua New Guinea & China.

II. Background of the ISO International Workshop on Water

Based on a decision made by the ISO Council in March 2011 in view of the importance of standardization in areas related to water, a task force on “Water Access and Use” was formed to organize the existing standards related to water and define the issues on standardization in this area that shall be implemented in the future.
At the ISO Council meeting held in September 2011, the following recommendation submitted by the task force was approved. “Given ISO?Ls important existing inventory of standards, and the great potential for ISO to support new work in this area, ISO should plan an international workshop on the subject of water in 2012.”
Based on this recommendation, the Japanese Standards Association (hereinafter called JSA) has taken the initiative to hold the ISO International Workshop on Water in Japan.

III. Description of the ISO International Workshop on Water

In order to foster international standardization in the area of water, experts from various countries have been invited to speak on 3 main themes shown below. Please note that the title of the presentation and the speaker are listed under the main theme.

1. Technologies and services for treatment and sanitation
(a) Urban storm water management (Mr. Nobuyuki Horie, Japan)
(b) Effective use of reclaimed water use in urban areas (Dr. Xingcan Zheng, China)
(c) Sanitation Improvement and water governance (Mr. Jose Luiz Salvadori Lorenzi, Brazil)
(d) How to avoid duplication in the standardization work in the field of wastewater engineering – Vienna ISO/CEN Agreement case (Mr. Jochen Fornather, Austria)

2. Sustainability of water and communities
(a) Fighting water loss (Mr. Hiroki Ariyoshi, Japan)
(b) Sludge: Organic matter and energy use (Mr. Christophe Bonnin, France)
(c) Effective use of sludge generated from wastewater (Mr. Yaron Ben Ari, Israel)
(d) Watershed management (Mr. Michael Conner, US)
(e) Reuse of treated wastewater for irrigation (Mr. Jorge Tarchitzky, Israel)
(f) Biomass strategy in wastewater management (Mr. Shiro Toyohisa, Japan)

3. Assets, risks & risk management
(a) Benchmarking of water services (Mr. Bruno Tisserand, France)
(b) Crisis management (experiences from the Great East Japan Earthquake) (Mr. Tetsuya Mizutani, Japan)
(c) Water footprints (Mr. Taikan Oki, Japan)
(d) Asset management (Mr. Karl-Heinz Brandt, Germany)

IV. Output from ISO International Workshop on Water

Several items on standardization in the water field compiled during the workshop were considered informally among the leadership of the representatives of national standard bodies and the standard development committees regarding “water”, in the afternoon of the 26th (starting at 14:00) for further development of more specific standardization items for 14 major categories. The details are as follows.

1. Addressing system water loss and water leakage
2. Standards for the re-use of water
3. Standards on sludge use and generation
4. Storm Water management standards
5. Water-related asset management
6. Water crisis management
7. Water footprint issues
8. Benchmarking of water-related processes and approaches
9. Watershed management
10. Expanded work on water quality
11. Public and general awareness issues
12. Building on new energy opportunities utilizing water and sludge
13. Considering new management and system standards
14. Ensuring coherent water terminology and classification

The aforementioned standardization categories and its implementation plan will be reported to ISO/TMB (Technical Management Board) for greater standardization activity in the near future.
Based on this workshop, JSA will start up its own website on water in order to promote standards on water (JIS, ISO and other organization’s standards) and to publish the latest trends in wide-ranging water technologies and standardization.