US embassy leads mission to promote innovation in water use technology


ISLAMABAD: The United States (US) Embassy Water Resources Engineer William Doan will lead a delegation of Pakistani government officials and businessmen to Chicago, Illinois from September 30 to October 4, to promote US-Pakistan bilateral commercial ties and increase trade and investment opportunities in the water sector.

According to details, the delegation would attend the 2017 Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC), which is the largest technical water quality trade show and educational event in North America.  This is Pakistan’s first official delegation to WEFTEC. In 2013, the Asian Development Bank cited Pakistan as one of the world’s most “water-stressed” countries.

In addition to the WEFTEC, the group would conduct meetings with US businesses and explore new technologies for waste and storm water management, as well as meet with US government officials to discuss water and sanitation policies.

The delegation would also be taken on planned site visits to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, including the McCook Reservoir and Pumping Station, and the Kenosha Water Utility, which provided a model for how mid sized facilities with limited capital improvement budgets could be leaders in wastewater innovation.

Officials from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, and Islamabad Capital Territory would take part in this inaugural trade mission.