TWENTY65 International Thought Leadership Club Workshop
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The first international TWENTY65 Thought Leadership Club workshop on the future of water systems was held on 21 September 2016 in South Africa, jointly organised by the University of Cape Town. The City of Cape Town hosted the workshop at the beautiful Kloofnek Water Treatment Plant, located part way up Table Mountain with a view over Camps Bay. More than 20 participants spanning academia, water utilities, regulators, researchers, consultants, and green entrepreneurship spent a day considering the current state of water services in South Africa, The challenges, opportunities and research needs to support a more sustainable water future for South Africa were discussed. Some of the key issues revealed for South Africa echo those in the UK: highlighting the value of water to individuals and institutions to support continued investment in water service infrastructure and the need to develop and grow a supply chain to support water system improvements.
Future plans to work with the University of Cape Town and the workshop participants are underway.