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ABU DHABI, UAE — The International Desalination Association (IDA) announces its support of the 2013 International Water Summit (http://iwsabudhabi.com) as a knowledge partner for the event, which provides a new and unique global platform for promoting water sustainability in arid regions.

Scheduled for Jan. 15-17, 2013 and co-located with the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, the International Water Summit will bring together policymakers, scientists and business leaders to tackle the urgent water and wastewater challenges facing arid regions.

The global hub of information for the world’s desalination and water reuse communities, IDA will organize two sessions on the water-energy nexus.

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The Association will also convene its global Energy Task Force to develop strategies to further reduce energy consumption in desalination as part of the Task Force’s challenge to the industry to lower energy requirements by 20 percent by 2015.

In addition, the IDA Desalination Academy will conduct day-long intensive courses on January 14, offering two parallel tracks on desalination technologies as well as an advanced course covering membrane pretreatment.

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“IDA is very pleased to support the International Water Summit, which provides a new and unique global platform for promoting water sustainability in arid regions. The International Water Summit has particular relevance to IDA’s mission and follows exactly the message that IDA has spread strongly in the last five years about the need for sustainability and increased environmental responsibility in water solutions,” said Corrado Sommariva, president of the IDA.

Read the entire press release here.