Africa’s omnipresent water crisis creates ongoing business opportunities for the water technology industry, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“The problem is not a lack of rain, but a lack of rain management – poorly exploited catchment areas, not enough storage dams and insufficient investment in water infrastructure by regional governments,” says John Thomson of Exhibition Management Services, organisers of the Watertec Africa Expo.
“Watertec Africa is the perfect platform for the global water industry and stakeholders to explore solutions and opportunities in the African water sector.”
Watertec is Africa’s leading industrial trade exhibition of equipment and services across the entire water industry spectrum.
It’s a hugely popular component of The SA Industry & Technology Fair (INDUTEC), a composite of 12 industrial shows targeting the manufacturing, engineering, water, petrochemical, plastics, energy efficiency, waste and recycling sectors.
Watertec Africa takes place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, from the 20-22 May 2015.
Urban Africa needs water
“Africa is the fastest urbanising continent on the planet; demand for water and sanitation is quickly outstripping its provision, due to backlogs in water infrastructure investment,” continues Thomson.
“The Watertec Africa expo is an excellent springboard into Africa for water industry players to explore new markets, customers and business opportunities, like the Grand Renaissance Dam project in North Africa.”
African Water Projects
The $4.7 billion Grand Renaissance Dam is expected to be completed in 2017 and will supply water to Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan. Future annual spending on water supply and sanitation in Africa is estimated at $21.9 billion, compared with current levels of $7.6 billion.
“There are many other major projects in Africa that need new products and technologies,” adds Thomson.
“The Water Project helps provide water to communities in Africa by digging wells for hand-lifted water, and drilling boreholes for deep groundwater.
“Some water tables in Kenya are over 900 feet down, requiring very large borehole drilling rigs and motorised pumps to extract water. These installations can cost over $30 000 and include diesel generators, large electric pumps, piping and storage tanks. Where do you find suppliers for this equipment? Watertec Africa, of course!” concludes Thompson.