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2014
IWA Project Innovation Award 2014
We have participated in the 6th Singapore International Water Week!
Tokyo Waterworks Participates in the 9th IWA World Water Congress!
2013
Conclusion of Memorandum of Understanding on Technical Cooperation with Yangon City, Myanmar
IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition to be Held in Tokyo!
Tokyo Waterworks participated in the 5th IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition
Conclusion of the Memorandum of Technical Cooperation with Taiwan Water Corporation and Taipei Water Department
Conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding with Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA), Kingdom of Thailand
2012
Tokyo Waterworks Attended the 8th IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition
Participation in the "5th Singapore International Water Week"
2011
Accepting Trainees from the Republic of South Africa
Receiving Trainees from Thailand's Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA)
Radioactivity Measurement Results in Tap Water (Link)
「The 4th IWA-ASPIRE Conference and Exhibition Report」
Participation in the Fourth Singapore International Water Week
Training for managing non-revenue water in Thailand and training with South Africa on waterworks management has implemented
2010
Attended the Plenary Meeting of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 in Tokyo
Seoul Water Interests visited Japan to attend Seoul-Tokyo Forum
Participation in the 7th IWA World Water Congress
Participation in “Singapore International Water Week 2010”
2009
Participation in the 3rd IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition
Participation in Seoul-Tokyo Forum 2009
Acceptance of Trainees from Taipei Water Department
The 4th IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition will be held in 2011 in Tokyo
Our facilities visited by the Director of Taipei Water Department, Taiwan
Participated in C40 Seoul Summit and Climate Change Exhibition
The 5th IWA Workshop "Tariff and Pricing Toward Sustainable Water Services"
2008
The Asia Human Resource Development Network Conference was held at the Training and Technical Development Center
C40 Tokyo Conference on Climate Change Successfully Held
TMWB staffs attended the IWA World Water Congress in Vienna
His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince of Japan presented a special lecture titled "Living with water - Human Ingenuity and Wisdom-."
TMWB participated in SIWW 2008
TMWB exhibited in TICADⅣ
Staffs of TMWB visited the Republic of South Africa
The IWA Workshop "Impact and Adaptation of Climate Change in Water Supply" was held in February in Training and Technical Development Center
2007
The 7th Plenary Meeting of ISO/TC224 was held in November in Training and Technical Development Center
Our facilities visited by the Minister of Water and Forestry, the Republic of South Africa

IWA Project Innovation Award 2014

We have been awarded Honour East Asia Region Award!

IWA Project Innovation Award (PIA) is given once in every two years to innovative and excellent water related technical project worldwide.

This time around, for PIA 2014 East Asia Region Award, our bureau had submitted two projects, and both of them have been selected to receive the Honour East Asia Region Award.

Details of the projects are listed below, which are also available in IWA website.

http://www.iwa-pia.org/pia_award_ea.html

CategoryProject
Operations/ManagementClean and Delicious Water Project
- Advance for the Good Quality and Impression
Marketing /CommunicationsRestoration of private forests using volunteers
- Tama River Resources Forest Team


We have participated in the 6th Singapore International Water Week!

We took part in the 6th Singapore International Water Week held on June 1-4.

In the water exhibition booth, our bureau – together with our supervisory bodies TSS and PUC – had introduced the technology and know-how of Tokyo Water Works. Many visitors came to visit our booth and had a taste of bottled "Tokyo Water".

Further, IWA Project Innovation Award's 2014 East Asia Region award ceremony was held on June 3. At the ceremony, our bureau received honour award for two projects: "Clean and Delicious Water Project" and "Tama River Resources Forest Team".


Award

Exhibition booth


Tokyo Waterworks Participates in the 9th IWA World Water Congress!

The 9th IWA World Water Congress was held in Lisbon, Portugal participated by 5500 people from 106 countries and regions.

Our Bureau has been a participant of all 9 Congresses since the 1st one and, like we had done at the previous Congresses, at this year's Congress we introduced our policy measures and efforts through oral and poster presentations.

We also exhibited panels in the Japan Pavilion sponsored by the Japan Water Works Association and advertised the Bureau's technology and know-how.

Date September 21th to 26th, 2014
Venue Lisbon Congress Center,
Lisbon, Portuguese Republic
Congress outline •IWA's world congress which is held biennially
•People from all around the water-related business get together to exchange knowledge and build partnerships.
•Intended for solving water-related problems in the world
Main activities •Oral and poster presentations
•Booth exhibitions (Panel displays, etc.)
•Interviews concerning the administration of the World Congress

Scenes from the presentations

Dealing with visitors at the Tokyo
Waterworks booth



Conclusion of Memorandum of Understanding on Technical Cooperation
with Yangon City, Myanmar

On September 26th, 2013, Tokyo Waterworks Bureau signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Tokyo Suido Services Co., Ltd., Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Toyo Engineering Corporation.

Tokyo Waterworks has embarked on making a master plan to improve the condition of water service in Yangon City, promoting cooperation such as acceptance of trainees for the training for executive personnel of YCDC.

The MOU which we signed this time incorporates such terms as information exchange, human resources development, and consideration of composing projects for the improvement of the condition of water service.

Starting from this MOU, Tokyo Waterworks aims to enhance the friendships with water supply utilities in Myanmar, which will lead to the future business development.


IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition
to be Held in Tokyo!

On September 14th, Tokyo was selected as a host city of 2018 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition.

IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition is one of the largest conferences about water service which is held biennially.

Tokyo Waterworks' capabilities proved by safe and tasty water which can be drunk directly from the tap and Tokyo's appeal as a city have resulted in this feat.

We will continuously engage in the preparation for hosting the congress five years later in order to lead it to success.

Concluding the memorandum with Taiwan Water Corporation
▶IWA directors raising the green cards which signify approval.

Tokyo Waterworks participated in the 5th IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition

The 5th IWA Asia Pacific Regional Group (IWA-ASPIRE) Conference & Exhibition was held in Daejeon, Korea with about 500 participants from 25 countries and regions.

From Tokyo Waterworks Bureau, 5 participants made oral presentations and had lively exchange of opinions with the audience.

At the exhibition booth, Tokyo Waterworks did public relations mainly on "Safe, Better-Tasting Tap Water Project" and countermeasures for leakage prevention, as well as carrying out bidding activities to host the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition

Name The 5th IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition
Date September 8, 2013 - September 12, 2013
Venue Daejeon Convention Center,
Daejeon Metropolitan City, Korea
Conference Overview
-Biennial conference of IWA (International Water Association) Asia Pacific Regional Group
-Related parties from all the sectors regarding the water in the Asia-Pacific region get together to exchange opinions and establish partnerships.
-The purpose of the conference is to solve the water-related problems in the world and the Asia-Pacific region.
Activities
1)Oral presentation
2)Opening booth(Panel exhibition, etc.)
3)Bidding activities to host the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition

Conclusion of the Memorandum of Technical Cooperation with Taiwan Water
Corporation and Taipei Water Department

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Water Works has been establishing friendship with water supply corporations in Taiwan through support on damage investigation of the major earthquake in Taiwan in 1999 and acceptance of trainees on pipeline technology.

Recently, we had personal consultation with executives from Taiwan Water Corporation which covers Taipei and some surrounding areas and Taipei Water Department which covers other areas of Taiwan to exchange opinion and idea regarding to current situation and common problems between Taiwan and Tokyo.

At the same time, we have concluded the memorandum with Taipei Water Department and Taiwan Water Corporation with the aim of improving skills and knowledge of staffs in both water supply corporations and making further development of waterworks.

We agreed to cooperate to make progress on the specific contents of the memorandum including items relating to improving waterworks skills on countermeasure for non-revenue water and disaster along with customer service such as awareness and education activities through exchange of the staffs.

Taking this conclusion as the opportunity, we plan to continue build better cordial relations with water supply corporations in Taiwan and promote future business development.

Concluding the memorandum with Taiwan Water Corporation Concluding the memorandum with Taipei Water Department
▲ Concluding the memorandum with Taiwan Water Corporation ▲ Concluding the memorandum with Taipei Water Department

Conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding with Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA), Kingdom of Thailand

On Monday 26 November 2012, we held the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on staff exchange between Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) and Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau (TMWB).

Attendees at the ceremony include Mr. Luechai Deethawon, Deputy Governor, with other five executives from MWA, and Dr. Masuko, Director General, with other staff including executives from TMWB.

We have cooperated with MWA in various ways as part of JICA's technical cooperation program since the opportunity of assisting the establishment of National Waterworks Technology Training Institute in 1986. This MOU is preceded by our technical cooperation over decades, including a 3-year training course on non-revenue water management from FY2010 to FY2012.

We will further continue to promote mutual exchange and improve skills, experience, and knowledge of staff in both organizations after the next fiscal year.

Exchange of MOU Executives from both organizations attended
▲ Exchange of MOU ▲ Executives from both organizations attended

Acceptance of Trainees from Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA), Kingdom of Thailand

We have accepted trainees from MWA at the request of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for three fiscal years since FY2010. In this fiscal year, we provided training on "non-revenue water management" with MWA at their request.

Also, we dispatched our staff to Thailand in August 2012 so as to survey problems and training needs of MWA, the findings of which were then incorporated in the contents of our training course. The training was provided for two weeks, from Monday 19 to Friday 30 November 2012, welcoming 11 staff from MWA. The curriculum was designed to enable trainees to deepen their understanding by means of giving longer discussion time. Moreover, the trainees experienced various work for water-leakage prevention in the field of our Training and Technical Development Centre, and, for the last two days, field work of TMWB either at Chuo Branch office or Tobu Daini Branch office. The trainees reported as follows: "I obtained skills/knowledge related to non-revenue water management and a guideline for solutions," "I would like to utilize the strategic work procedures," "I was surprised at the seriousness and diligence of Japanese people. I would like to aim for that."

Experiencing water leakage prevention Active question-and-answer session After the training
▲ Experiencing water leakage prevention ▲ Active question-and-answer session ▲ After the training

Acceptance of Trainees from the City of Tomsk as Part of the Training Project of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC21)

We accepted four trainees from Tomsk for four days from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 December 2012, as part of the training course of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21.

In this training, the trainees visited our facilities (e.g. Higashimurayama Purification Plant, Water Supply Operation Center, Tokyo Waterworks Historical Museum, and Training and Technical Development Center) to understand the outline of TMWB.

The City of Tomsk, where the water service was just recently privatized, has faced various problems of service operations such as water charge collection and facility renewal. After the training, we had an active discussion on our future cooperation. Trainees stated that they would like to strive for the technological capabilities of TMWB and learn the staff management of TMWB that keeps their staff well disciplined.

Discussion Experiencing water leakage survey Tour at Higashimurayama Purification Plant
▲ Discussion ▲ Experiencing water leakage survey ▲ Tour at Higashimurayama Purification Plant

Participation in the 9th International Symposium on Water Supply Technology

The 9th International Symposium on Water Supply Technology was held at PACIFICO YOKOHAMA in Yokohama, from Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 November 2012.

Three staff from our Bureau attended the symposium to make presentations on "Energy Conserving Water Distribution Utilizing Distribution Reservoir Inflow Pressure," "Radioactive Iodine Removal through the Combined Use of Pre-Chlorination and Powdered Activated Carbon," and "Integrated Use of Mapping System and Pipeline Diagnosis." Also, we set up booths along with TSS and PUC in the exhibition and made PR of our technical capabilities through the exhibition of our water-leakage prevention technology.

Giving presentations Giving presentations Giving presentations At the exhibition
▲ Giving presentations ▲ At the exhibition

Tokyo Waterworks Attended the 8th IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition

The 8th IWA (International Water Association) World Water Congress and Exhibition was held from Sunday 16 to Friday 21 September in Busan, Korea.

At the Congress, Tokyo Waterworks took part in a session on "Future Vision of Cities" at the Utility Leaders Forum to make a presentation on our efforts to promote efficient use of water. We also gave oral and poster presentations on "Efficient Water Supply System," "Pipeline Improvement," etc.

At the Exhibition, we set up our booth at the Japan Pavilion - sponsored by Japan Water Works Association - to display pipe replicas as well as panels on water leakage prevention technology, while also setting up a booth at the IWA Project Innovation Awards (PIA)* Pavilion to promote our technologies to other countries, with a focus on that of water-leakage prevention. There were various opportunities for presentations offered at the Exhibition, in which we gave six presentations mainly on water-leakage prevention measures.
We successfully communicate information on our policies and measures to water utilities from all over the world at the 8th IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition - the largest ever Congress with 5,600 participants from more than 80 countries and areas.

Japan Pavilion PIA Pavilion Poster Session
▲ Japan Pavilion ▲ PIA Pavilion ▲ Poster Session
Presentations Presentations
▲ Presentations

* PIA were instituted by IWA to commend innovative and excellent projects related to water technology around the world, the ceremony of which is held every other year.

Participation in the Ceremony of
IWA (International Water Association) Project Innovation Awards (PIA) 2012

The Project Innovation Awards (PIA) were set up by International Water Association (IWA) in order to commend innovative and excellent projects concerning water technology around the world, the ceremony of which is held every other year.

Recently, award winners of IWA-PIA 2012 - world awards for awardees of local awards - were announced. Fortunately, our "Our Challenge: A leakage rate of 3%," a project which we have applied for the awards, won a Global Grand Honour Award for the first time as a Japanese municipality. Its awards ceremony was held in Paradise Hotel in Busan on Wednesday 19 September, in concurrence with the IWA World Water Congress in Busan, Korea. Mr. Yoshida, Director General of Tama Waterworks Reform Promotion Center, attended the ceremony to receive our trophy from IWA.

Ceremonial photos with Dr Daigger, Chairman Ceremonial photos with Dr Daigger, Chairman
Ceremonial photos with Dr Daigger, Chairman
Ceremonial photo with Japan Water Works Association and Tokyo Suido Services, Co., Ltd. Award ceremony
Ceremonial photo with Japan Water Works Association and Tokyo Suido Services, Co., Ltd. Award ceremony

* Local Awards (for four areas): East Asia (Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong), Asia-Pacific, Europe and West Asia, and North America.


Participation in the "5th Singapore International Water Week"

The 5th Singapore International Water Week was held at Sands Expo & Convention Centre (Marina Bay Sands) from 1~5 July.

At the Water Expo, the bureau's booth was located at the Japanese Pavilion displaying among others the IWA Project Innovation Award (PIA)'s award-winning "Leakage Prevention Measurement". In relation to that, Corrugated stainless steel pipe and Electronic leakage detector were also exhibited. Besides creating a corner where actual leak check can be performed, bottles with "Tokyo Water" and other gift items were distributed, and the booth attracted many foreign visitors. Tokyo Suido Services Co., Ltd. and PUC also participated in the exhibition and were introduced too as the subsidiaries of Tokyo Waterworks.

The 5th Singapore International Water Week this time was attended by more than 104 countries/areas and 18,554 visitors, which was a large international conference where the policy and program of Tokyo Waterworks could be introduced to the waterworks of many other countries.


Japan Pavilion Booths' scene
Japan Pavilion Booths' scene

Japan Pavilion Booths' scene


The bureau's booth discussion scene

The bureau's booth discussion scene

Visit of Mr. Mori, ex-PM and Japan Water Forum Chairman

Visit of Mr. Mori, ex-PM and Japan Water Forum Chairman



Mr. Honjoya (Director of Water Supply Section) speaking at the PIA Award Presentation Forum

Mr. Honjoya (Director of Water Supply Section) speaking at the PIA Award Presentation Forum



Tokyo Waterworks Bureau had won the IWA(International Water Association)
2012 East Asia Regional Project Innovation Awards(PIA)

IWA Project Innovation Award (PIA) is an award given to water related technical project around the world by the International Water Association (IWA). This marks the first time a local authority in Japan wins an award, when the winner was announced for the PIA 2012 East Asia Region, for which our bureau participated in three out of 6 categories. "Our Challenge: a leakage rate of 3%" had won the winner in Operations & Management category.

On the 3rd of July, Director General Mr. Masuko received the trophy during the award presentation ceremony in Singapore.


Director General, Mr. Masuko receiving the trophy

Director General, Mr. Masuko receiving the trophy

Award presentation hall

Award presentation hall



Award winning Water Supply Division, Customer Service Division and Training & Technical Development Center's personnel

Award winning Water Supply Division, Customer Service Division and Training & Technical Development Center's personnel


PIA2012 East Asia Regional Award-winning Project
ClassificationCategory appliedProject name submittedDivision
WinnerOperations and ManagementOur Challenge: A leakage rate of 3%Water Supply Division
Honour awardMarketing & communicationsWaterworks Caravan -Delivering the message "Drink Water straight from the tap" to primary school studentsCustomer Service Division
Honour awardSmall projectsNew initiatives for training and developing human resources - Development and practical application of Crisis Management Simulator -Training & Technical Development Center

Accepting Trainees from the Republic of South Africa

In accordance with JICA requests, we have accepted trainees from South Africa for three years, beginning with 2009. This year was the final year, and the training covered the same themes as the prior two, "Operation and Management of Water Treatment".

We took in seven employees who work at purification plants and other facilities in North West Province over the two weeks between Monday, February 13th and Friday the 24th. In addition to lectures at the Training and Technical Development Center and the Water Quality Management Center, the students also visited and observed facilities that included Ogouchi Reservoir, Hamura Intake Weir and Higashimurayama Purification Plant.

The following are a sample of the trainees' thoughts and impressions: "I want to put the advanced techniques we learned about, such as water resource and water quality management and advanced water treatment techniques, into effect back home." "I was deeply impressed by the well-organized waterworks network as well as the painstaking effort that Japanese workers demonstrate in their work for these organizations."

Hands-on Instruction at the Training and Technical Development Center  2/23

Hands-on Instruction at the Training and Technical Development Center 2/23

After the Completion of Training  2/24

After the Completion of Training 2/24


Receiving Trainees from Thailand's Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA)

Trainees have been accepted from Thailand's MWA for three years beginning with 2010 in accordance with the desires of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The training themes this year, which is the second of three, were requested by the MWA and are "Human Resource Development" and "Non-Revenue Water Management and Operation". As part of this endeavor, employees were deployed in August of 2011 to investigate the MWA's specific issues and training needs, which are now reflected in the course's content.

Human Resource Development

We hosted 10 MWA employees who work in fields that include human resources development and personnel management over the five days between October 3rd and 7th, 2011. In addition to lectures, the training content also involved participation in the IWA-ASPIRE and Asian Waterworks Utilities Network of Human Resources Development (A1-HRD) conferences.

The trainees made statements such as the following with regard to the training, "all the topics covered were of value, including research and development and crisis management" and "I want to take what I have experienced here and share it with my colleagues back in Thailand". The A1-HRD conference also made a deep impression, as reflected in statements such as "In the future, it would be great for my country to be able to serve as host".

Training and Technical Development Center Visit 10/6

Training and Technical Development Center Visit 10/6

After Completion of Training 10/7

After Completion of Training 10/7



Non-Revenue Water Management and Operation

We hosted seven technical administrators, whose management duties include dealing with unaccounted-for water, over the five days from Monday, January 16th to Friday, January 20th. The training covered relevant subjects, including leak prevention measures, pipe maintenance and systematic upgrades. Additionally, there was discussion of disaster prevention, outsourcing and observation visits to sites where pipe work was ongoing, facilities where pipes are manufactured as well as a visit to the Tokyo Suido Services Company to observe its operation. While the days over which these visits took place persisted in being bitterly cold, the trainees participated proactively in discussions as well as site visits.

In the opinion exchange and evaluation meetings that took place on the final day, the trainees made statements such as "In addition to the distribution pipe upgrades, I was very interested in the disaster prevention and outsourcing topics, and I want to employ results of this training when I return to Thailand" and "I want to directly instill knowledge of the way the Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau thinks about its duties in MWA employees through this kind of instruction in the future".

Courtesy Call 1/16

Courtesy Call 1/16

Pipe Construction Site Observation 1/17

Pipe Construction Site Observation 1/17


The 4th IWA-ASPIRE Conference and Exhibition Report
~Towards the Realization of Cyclical Systems and Sustainable Water Supplies~

Staffs of TMWB inspected the site of steel
*Not including non-paying presentations and
workshop attendees.

The 4th IWA-ASPIRE Conference and Exhibition was held at the Tokyo International Forum from October 2nd through the 6th.

The event was a success with visits from a number of figures involved with local government, including Governor Shintaro Ishihara and Vice Governors Naoki Inose and Kazuo Yoshikawa. This is in addition to the overall number of 1,300 visitors* from 36 countries (roughly 460 international and 840 domestic).

The Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau supported the overall efforts made over the span of the exhibition, including making presentations, holding workshops, leading technical tours, and presenting papers.

Our being able to hold this conference as well as the significant nature of its content was only due possible to the assistance of our co-hosts, which include the Japan Water Works Association and the Tokyo Bureau of Sewerage.

On October 3rd, the ceremony opened the conference and exhibition while also welcoming (then) Public Enterprise Chairman Takeshi Tanaka and members from a number of the bureau's boards in addition to the conference participants.

In his opening remarks Shinichiro Ohgaki, chairman of the 4th IWA-ASPIRE Organizing Committee acknowledged the efforts of those who worked to make toward this exhibition being held and greeted attendants with his wishes that they expand their networks through the sessions and workshops. After the opening remarks, Paul Reiter, IWA Executive Director stated as part of his greeting that he hoped this event would lead to solutions to the water problems afflicting Asia through cooperation by different areas.

Chairman Shinichiro Ohgakin

Chairman Shinichiro Ohgaki

Executive Director Paul Reiter

Executive Director Paul Reiter


Governor Shintaro Ishihara
Governor Shintaro Ishihara

Next, Governor Ishihara expressed greetings on behalf of the host city. Governor Ishihara called attention to the technical prowess of the Tokyo Waterworks by stating "Tokyo's tap water is the greatest in the world. If people in other countries are worried about water, Tokyo is always ready and willing to offer assistance".

From the guests, Waterworks Section Head Hiroyuki Ishitobi of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Water Resource Planning Section Head Masanobu Miyazaki from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and Water Environment Section Head Nobuo Yoshida from the Ministry of the Environment spoke about their hopes for IWA-ASPIRE which is aimed at finding solutions to the problems directly facing Asia; climate change and water issues.

Governor Shintaro Ishihara
Former IWA Chairman Norihito Tanbo

Last but not least, former IWA Chairman Norihito Tanbo brought the opening ceremony to a close, encouraging participants with his statement that "The future is extraordinarily important and we must continue to make preparations for it. I want IWA-ASPIRE to serve as a forum for spirited discussion about the shape of waterworks systems to come".


【Keynote Speeches】

Following the opening ceremony, eminent specialists both from Japan and abroad addressed the conference. The first speaker was Dr. Yasumoto Magara, President of the Educational Foundation Tokiwamatsu Gakuen and Visiting Professor at the Center for Environmental Nano and Bio Engineering in Hokkaido University, who gave a thought-provoking speech on the topic of waterworks development for a low-carbon society which is experiencing a declining birthrate and an aging population. He mentioned Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau efforts that were founded on basic environmental planning as examples and suggested at what a future concept of waterworks may be. Zuwhan Yun (Korea), Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering, College of Science & Technology, Korea University and Chairman of the IWA Korean National Committee spoke concerning large-scale water projects and the future of waterworks, while IWA President Dr. Glen T. Daigger (USA) spoke about waterworks reforms aimed at attaining equilibrium between supply and demand. These speeches offered a variety of viewpoints and perspectives on current trends as well as future directions for the world's waterworks.

Presentation at the IWA Utility Leaders Forum
Dr. Yasumoto Magara

Report on our preparatory measures for the next conference in Tokyo and call for participation in it, at 6th IWA-ASPIRE Council Meeting
Zhuwan Yun

Publicity activities of the conference in Tokyo at a booth within “Japan Pavilion”
Dr. Glen T. Daigger


【Workshops】

There were a total of 11 workshops, which included two IWA side events, covering a wide variety of themes.

The Bureau of Waterworks held two workshops, "New Challenges in International Cooperation -Tokyo′s Water Business (International Projects and Cooperation) toward further Improvements in Asian Water Sectors-" and "Asian Waterworks Utilities Network of Human Resources Development".

1. New Challenges in International Cooperation Workshop (10/4)

Atsushi Masuko, Director General of the Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau opened this workshop saying "I want this workshop to serve as an opportunity to find potential ways for Japan to accelerate the improvement of waterworks in the countries of Asia based on the water business efforts that municipalities here have advanced, while reflecting on the international assistance to this country in this same area". This was followed by examples cited from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, recalling the path Japan followed and what support was expected of it.

Vice Governor Inose greeted the assembly and introduced the Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau's advanced techniques and technology, stating that "Having water and access to it is everything, and the Tokyo Waterworks wants to help those throughout the world who are suffering hardships relating to water as much as it possibly can through offering its technology in combination with the abilities of Japan's private enterprise".

Vice Governor Inose, introducing the Tokyo Waterworks Bureau's advanced technologies
Vice Governor Inose, introducing
the Tokyo Waterworks Bureau's
advanced technologies

Next, Vice Director Yujiro Mori spoke on the topic of progression of Tokyo businesses that contribute internationally, specifically focusing on finding solutions to the world's water issues through further cooperation in the private sector. Further speakers included those from organizations such as the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Japan Water Works Association, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JIBC).

Professor Satoshi Takizawa of Tokyo University served as coordinator for the panel discussion that followed, which focused on the topic of what cooperation is necessary in Japan's water sector to contribute to international development. The Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau's proactive stance toward international development was clearly broadcast during the energetic discussion.

Director General Atsushi Masuko giving his opening address.

Director General Atsushi Masuko giving his opening address.

ice Director Mori giving a presentation.

Vice Director Mori giving a presentation.



2. Asian Waterworks Utilities Network Workshop(10/5)

In this workshop, a total of 22 people from five waterworks bodies; the Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau, the Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-Water), the Taiwan Water Corporation and the Taipei Water Department (Taiwan), and Bangkok's Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (Thailand) participated. Presentations from each body were given and discussions held. We at the Tokyo Waterworks Bureau reported on disaster response, concentrating on the response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Additionally, the workshop on Eastern Japan Disaster Resilience held by the 4th IWA-ASPIRE Organizing Committee played host to specialists in various fields who discussed topics that included the damage experienced by waterworks and sewerage facilities in the Great East Japan Earthquake in March as well as countermeasures for future disasters. Yoshida, head of the Tama Waterworks Reform Promotion Center spoke concerning the support activities and disaster preparedness efforts of the Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau.

Tama Waterworks Reform Promotion Center Director Yoshida, giving a presentation.
Tama Waterworks Reform Promotion
Center Director Yoshida,
giving a presentation.



【Meetings/Poster Sessions】

819 different presentations and poster sessions were given on topics in 22 different areas, including water quality management and water purification processes (554 oral and 265 poster presentations).

From October 3rd to 5th the presentations were held in as many as 12 different locations. These presentations and the subsequent Q&A sessions were conducted entirely in English. With the number of questions and opinions that came from both foreign and domestic participants in every presentation, substantial interchange of ideas was possible.

There were more poster session topics than scheduled for, necessitating a split into two sessions, the first with 134 topics and the second with 131. The presenters answered questions and gave further opinions during their allotted one hour presentation time, making this another prime location for networking and exchanging information and viewpoints with peers.

43 employees of the Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau gave presentations in English.M

These presentations were mainly concerned with the presenter's respective duties or research. They were also fulfilling in that they allowed for interaction with participants from every country.

These sessions ended in success as attendees reported that they gained a deeper understanding of the Waterworks Bureau's efforts and the topics of the presentations.

An example of a general affairs presentation

An example of a general affairs presentation

An example of a technical presentation.

An example of a technical presentation.


【Exhibition】

The exhibition was held at the Tokyo International Forum Exhibition Hall for three days from October 3rd to 5th.

46 organizations both domestic and international participated, making this a considerably large-scale exhibition.

In the exhibition hall, there was a water bar, serving bottled water from domestic organizations as well as an industry forum for exhibitors to demonstrate technology and other efforts.

Tokyo Suido Services Co. and Public Utility Services Center Co. (PUC) which serve as administrative bodies for the Tokyo Waterworks Bureau, as well as the Bureau of Sewerage and its administrative body, the Tokyo Metropolitan Sewerage Service Corporation operated a booth in concert so as to have a unified exhibit.

With assistance from many departments, the Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau's exhibition corner had panels and actual devices from major facilities, images and video to advertise its technical abilities and administrative talents. In addition to this, bureau staff gave mini-presentations, and demonstrated ozone processing, leak analysis devices and pipe interior inspection robots.

A taste test of mineral water versus tap water was held in the exhibition reception area at the same time. Over 600 people participated over the three days of the exhibition, roughly 46% chose tap water as tasting better while 51% chose mineral water, and 3% chose both, showing there not to be much difference between them. Many visitors were able to taste tap water and determine the quality for themselves. The results for overseas visitors were 91 people choosing tap water and 87 choosing mineral water.

Visitors to the exhibition while it was underway included Vice Governor Inose, the IWA Chairman and members of the IWA-ASPIRE Organizing Committee. Many visitors gave the exhibit high marks.

Design that instills a futuristic feeling.
Design that instills a futuristic feeling.

Vice Governor Inose taking the taste test
Vice Governor Inose taking the taste test

Pipe interior inspection robot demonstration
Pipe interior inspection robot demonstration


【Closing Ceremony】

At the closing ceremony on October 5th, the 11 students who gave the best oral presentation and the 13 participants who had the best poster presentations were awarded, and received certificates from IWA National Committee Chairman Yoshimasa Watanabe.

Award Ceremony (Left: National Committee Chairman Yoshimasa Watanabe Right: Recipient)

Award Ceremony (Left: National Committee Chairman Yoshimasa Watanabe Right: Recipient)

Best Student Award Winners

Best Student Award Winners


Following the awards, there was a summary of the conference from Program Committee Chairman Keisuke Hanaki, and then the silver plate which is the proof of the host site was passed from Organizing Committee Chairman Ohgaki to Chairman Zuwhan Yun of Korea, the host country for the next conference.

With such a number of participants that not everyone could fit in the hall, the 4th IWA-ASPIRE Conference and Exhibition came to a close.

Program Committee Chairman Keisuke Hanaki's Conference Summary

Program Committee Chairman Keisuke Hanaki's Conference Summary

Plate Bestowal (Left: Chairman Shinichiro Ohgaki Right: Zuwhan Yun

Plate Bestowal (Left: Chairman Shinichiro Ohgaki Right: Zuwhan Yun


Meanwhile, over the time that the conference was held, a number of social events and technical tours took place.

【Welcome Reception】

A buffet party was held at the Tokyo International Forum on October 2nd to welcome participants.

Japan Water Works Association Executive Director Yoshihiko Misono
Japan Water Works Association
Executive Director Yoshihiko Misono

IWA-ASPIRE Organizing Committee Co-chair and representative, Yoshihiko Misono, Executive Director of the Japan Water Works Association greeted those assembled saying "I hope that everyone takes advantage of the varied sessions and workshops on offer and that this conference is a productive experience for you."


Vice Governor Kazuo Yoshikawa
Vice Governor Kazuo Yoshikawa


Following his statements, Vice Governor Yoshikawa gave his greetings representing the host city, and said "the Tokyo waterworks are a wonderful water supply system and the pride of its residents" and after speaking on the topic of Tokyo's waterworks technological strengths, "I hope that the waterworks talk between international and domestic participants goes well."


After, Director General Masuko of the Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau gave a toast, the party began. The party was lively, and including both those from Japan as well as from overseas there were roughly 600 guests.


Director General Atsushi Masuko

Director General Atsushi Masuko

A welcoming lion dance for the guests.

A welcoming lion dance for the guests.


【Conference Dinner】

Vice Governor Naoki Inose
Vice Governor Naoki Inose

A dinner was held at Tokyo Kaikan on October 4th to allow participants to get to know each other better.

Vice Governor Inose attended as a representative of the host city, as well as a number of guests from the government, academia and related organizations, beginning with Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. A festive atmosphere was enjoyed by all.

In his greeting, Vice Governor Inose said "The finely detailed water supply operations and leak prevention of the Tokyo Waterworks are a remarkable achievement, and I would like for them to be a contribution to the world."

Former PM Yoshiro Mori
Former PM Yoshiro Mori

Representing the guests, former Prime Minister and Asia-Pacific Water Forum Chairman Mori touched on the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in February, 2012 and spoke about viewing water issues from an international standpoint.

Following his statements, a video letter from the Mayor of Daejeon, South Korea was presented. That city is to be the site of the next IWA-ASPIRE Exhibition and Conference and his anticipation was clearly demonstrated.


After the kagami-biraki opening ceremony former IWA Chairman Tanbo, gave a toast and the dinner began, which was on a scale not usually seen, with roughly 1,000 guests both domestic and international. Guests were able to further deepen their interaction and the conference came to a close with a lively party.Former PM Yoshiro MoriKagami-biraki ceremony being performed by guests.



【Technical Tours】

Technical tours were held under wonderful weather on October 6th. Five courses, distinguished by the letters A through E were made available through the conference. The Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau was responsible for courses A, B and E.

Former PM Yoshiro Mori
a ceremonial photograph with all
the tour members at Tokyo Water
Science Museum.
Suitekikun a mascot of Tokyo
Waterworks was well-liked.

Course A consisted of a visit to Kanamachi Purification Plant, Asakusa, the Tokyo Water Science Museum, the Water Supply Operation Center and the Water Quality Management Center. The facility observation at Kanamachi Purification Plant commenced from the roof of the main building. Many questions were asked about advanced water purification techniques, which was a clear sign of the participants' high level of interest. The Tokyo Water Science Museum was next after visiting Asakusa. There were a number of elementary school students on field trips on the day of the visit, which allowed the tour participants to really experience the museum as a public facility. The tour members were able to see the operation of large-scale water supply systems at the Water Supply Operation Center and the Water Quality Management Center. They had many questions concerning water quality management from the water source all the way to the tap, the answering of which allowed them to deepen their understanding of Tokyo's celebrated waterworks technology. After the tour was finished the participants remarked on how it was fun and that they learned a lot, proving that it was a satisfying experience.

An employee of Higashimurayama Purification Plant describes the facility from the Ozone Processing Building's roof. Video is being recorded for a television program at the same time.
An employee of Higashimurayama
Purification Plant describes the facility
from the Ozone Processing Building's
roof. Video is being recorded for a
television program at the same time.

Course B covered Murayama-Yamaguchi Reservoir's Administration Office, Higashimurayama Purification Plant, the Bureau of Sewerage's Ochiai Water Reclamation Center and Yoyogi Park and its environs. The group was able to view Intake Tower #1 during their tour of Murayama-Yamaguchi Reservoir's Administration Office. After the facilities within the grounds were explained on the roof of Higashimurayama Purification Plant, the group saw the ozone processing building and the biological activated carbon absorption tank. The advanced water treatment processes prompted some tour participants to eagerly ask questions.

After the tour was completed, the group went for a walk in the area around Yoyogi Park. They were very interested in the trees growing in the heart of Tokyo as well as the giant torii gate.

A demonstration being given by a Tokyo Water Science Museum staff member. The tour members smiling faces can also be seen.
A demonstration being given by a Tokyo
Water Science Museum staff member.
The tour members smiling faces can
also be seen.

Course E covered the Tokyo Water Science Museum and Odaiba. The members of this tour enjoyed the experiments and exhibits of the museum while also deepening their understanding of the work the Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau carries out. The participants from overseas said that this was the first time they had seen a facility aimed at waterworks PR and that it was a new experience for them. Following the museum visit, the group walked around Odaiba and took commemorative photos with Rainbow Bridge and/or Tokyo Sky Tree in the background in nearby Odaiba Kaihin Park.


Participation in the Fourth Singapore International Water Week

The Fourth Singapore International Water Week was held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Center from Monday, July 4th to Friday, July 8th.

Tama Waterworks Reform Promotion Center Facilities Division Chief, Fumio Sasaki introduced Tokyo's water operations through an oral presentation on "Smart Water Supply Operation and Management of Tokyo". He also served as a judge in the poster session, reviewing cutting-edge water treatment.

The Bureau of Waterworks had a booth at the Water Expo's "Japan Pavilion", advertising the IWA ASPIRE conference to be held this October in Tokyo. It also displayed the Tokyo waterworks efforts carried out jointly with Tokyo Suido Services.

The Fourth Singapore International Water Week was a huge conference, with 14,000 visitors from 112 different countries, and we were able to broadcast Tokyo's waterworks efforts to the world, including important figures among the aforementioned visitors.

Tama Waterworks Reform Promotion Center Facilities Division Chief Fumio Sasaki's Presentation

Tama Waterworks Reform Promotion Center Facilities Division Chief Fumio Sasaki's Presentation

Giving an explanation to booth visitors.

Giving an explanation to booth visitors.

Training for managing non-revenue water in Thailand and training with South Africa on waterworks management has implemented

Thailand

For the two weeks from Monday, January 24th to Friday, February 4th, we received employees of the Metropolitan Water Authority (MWA) for training. This is one part of a three-year Japanese government project relating to the expansion of water treatment facilities in Bangkok, beginning this fiscal year. Ten employees who handle leakage prevention at various offices of the MWA are in Japan at present.

In order to supply instruction that would be meaningful to MWA employees, who possess skills considered advanced even among Asian water utilities, a field inspection was carried out last August with the assistance of Mr. Kano, Chief Construction Coordination Liaison for Water Distribution Facilities and Mr. Shimano, Head of Water Service Installation. After returning to Japan, a training plan was formulated taking the results of the inspection into account. Classroom lectures and study at the Learning and Development Center combined with hands-on practice divided between the central and northern branch facilities allowed the trainees to experience the physical sensations of working with our leakage prevention initiatives while learning about them.

The trainees immersed themselves in the two-week course, and at the meeting on the final day remarked including the following.“I was excited by all the interesting initiatives, not just those to do with leak detection and maintenance”“I want to apply all that I've learned from the Waterworks Bureau once I'm back home”.

Plumbing Site Observation

Plumbing Site Observation

Commemorative Photo Taken after the Closing Ceremony

Commemorative Photo Taken after the Closing Ceremony

South Africa

Trainees from the Republic of South Africa visited Japan for two weeks beginning Monday, February 14th and ending on Friday the 25th. This training, which originated from a request made by the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, who observed our bureau's facilities in August 2007, was planned for the second year of the three-year project beginning last fiscal year. This year, two employees of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and seven from the East Cape branch participated.

The curriculum continues from that of last year, focusing on water treatment techniques. In addition to lectures and study at the Learning and Development Center and the Water Quality Center, the program was assembled to include visits to sites
such as Ogouchi Dam, and the Misato and Higashi-Murayama Water Treatment Plants, to better transmit multi-layered water quality management knowledge ranging from water resource conservation and administration to high-grade water treatment processes.

The trainees described their impressions of the course at the debrief on the last day, one commented that“Learning all the different processes involved in the Waterworks Bureau's management, from water sources all the way to the faucet, is something valuable”. As a number of administrators were included among the trainees, it was made known that an in-depth approach from a managerial perspective would be appreciated. The training program next year (year three) will incorporate this feedback to further enhance the curriculum.

Ogouchi Dam Inspection

Ogouchi Dam Inspection

Practical Instruction at the Water Quality Center

Practical Instruction at the Water Quality Center

Attended the Plenary Meeting of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 in Tokyo

Bureau of Waterworks Tokyo Metropolitan Government participated the Plenary Meeting of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (“ANMC21” hereafter) in Tokyo, held from November 8 for three days.

ANMC21 was an established network of 11 major cities of Asia as a result of Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara calling to address common challenges in Asia. (Member cities are; Bangkok, Delhi, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo and Yangon.
All the leaders of the member cities convened the Plenary Meeting to address the urgent issues.
At the “Policy Dialogue”, the main topics of the program, the leaders of the member cities exchanged opinions on “To Reduce Environmental Load in Asia’s Major Cities”.
At the Dialogue, Mr. Ozaki, the Director General of the Bureau of Waterworks Tokyo Metropolitan Government made the presentation on leading technologies supporting sewerage in Tokyo, leakage prevention measures employed in Tokyo, advanced water treatment system, international contribution etc. to appeal the Asian Major cities.

Presentation by Director General of the Bureau of Waterworks Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Presentation by Director General of the Bureau of Waterworks Tokyo Metropolitan Government


Also, we co-exhibited at “ANMC21Exhibtion” with Tokyo Suido Services Co., Ltd, held at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Citizens’ Plaza for four days from Saturday, November 6, in time with the Plenary Meeting.
As a major highlight of the exhibit, we had “Leak Detection Game”, finding the sound of water leakage with the real electric leakage detector to widespread the leading technology of the Bureau of Waterworks. Children joined the game listened carefully and intensely to find the points of leakage as if they were real water professionals.

Leak Detection Game(from the press “TOSEI SHIMPO”)

Leak Detection Game
(from the press “TOSEI SHIMPO”)

Exhibition of Ozone Water Filter and Solar Battery Panel

Exhibition of Ozone Water Filter and Solar Battery Panel


Also exhibited “Ozone Water filter” to experience the water purification with Ozone, solar battery panel, placed “be a water workman” corner, where kids can take souvenir picture with Suiteki-kun (Mr. Water drop) in working uniform for kids and helmet, and distributed bottled water “Water of Tokyo” and balloon arts. We were successfully introduced our approaches and technologies of the Bureau of Waterworks to the citizen of Tokyo with fun.


“Be a Water Personnel” Corner
“Be a Water Personnel” Corner

For the information of overall Plenary Meeting, please see: http://www.anmc21.org/english/meeting/09_tokyo/index.html

Seoul Water Interests visited Japan to attend Seoul-Tokyo Forum

Seoul-Tokyo Forum was held from October 13 to 15 with a total of 16 invitees from University of Seoul, Korean Water and Wastewater Works (KWWS), and the Office of Waterworks Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Seoul-Tokyo Forum has been held annually in Seoul and Tokyo in alternate shifts, to present papers on water engineering studies and to inspect water facilities.
This year the forum was held in Tokyo, co-hosted by Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan Water Works Association and us, Bureau of Waterworks Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

On October 14 held a workshop at Minai-Osawa campus of Tokyo Metropolitan University, where a total of 13 speakers from both Tokyo and Seoul presented papers on their studies.

From the Bureau of Waterworks Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Mr. Oneda, Director in charge of Facilities Design from Construction Division, presented on “Experimental Research on characteristic features of water use in Ozone chamber”, and Mr. Murayama, Director in charge of Equipment Technology from Purification Division, presented on “Energy-related water supply control and management at Tokyo waterworks”.

Also, inspected (Tokyo) Water Science Museum on 13th, Higashi-Murayama Purification Plant and Water Supply Operation Center on 15th, and exchanged information on waterworks technologies and approaches of ours (Bureau of Waterworks Tokyo Metropolitan Government).
On the night of October 15, we hosted a convivial gathering at 32nd floor, Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No.1, where around 60 people from Tokyo and Seoul attended to deepen exchanges.

It was valuable opportunities of interaction to attend the university-level workshops and exchange of information, because Seoul city and Tokyo Metropolitan Government have many in common in terms of waterworks environment and challenges.

Workshops at Tokyo Metropolitan University

Workshops at Tokyo Metropolitan University

Inspection on Water Supply Operation Center

Inspection on Water Supply Operation Center

Participation in the 7th IWA World Water Congress

The 7th IWA (International Water Association) World Water Congress was hosted in Montreal, Canada from Sunday, September 19 through Friday, 24, 2010. About 4,000 professionals in water and sewerage and interested parties in water environment gathered from 130 countries all over the world, and exchanged information concerning waterworks situation, the newest efforts and results of researches in various countries through poster and oral presentations, and workshops and others at a variety of sessions.
Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau dispatched 5 participants and they introduced the following latest topics on our efforts and technologies.

Moreover, Japan Pavilion was opened in the Exhibition jointly held on the occasion of the congress; we conducted there PR activities for the 4th IWA Asia Pacific Regional Group Conference which will be held in Tokyo in October 2011. We distributed at the booth “Tokyo Water” in PET bottles, which were highly appreciated by participants from other countries.
See also the 4th IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition website: http://www.aspire2011.org

Poster session Oral presentation
Poster session Oral presentation

Japan Pavilion
Japan Pavilion

Participation in “Singapore International Water Week 2010”

The “Singapore International Water Week 2010” was held from June 29 through July 1, 2010 in the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Our staff Mr. Takahara, Senior Director in Charge of Planning (at that time) took part at a panel discussion over "International Water Business" in the Japan Business Forum, and made remarks on strengths of the Tokyo Waterworks.
At the same time, we ran our own booth inside the Water Expo "Japan Pavillion", where we provided information on our efforts such as water purification treatment and measures for leakage prevention using panels, as well as distributed "Tokyo Water" in PET bottles for promoting good tasting water of Tokyo. Visitors at our booth eagerly asked various questions concerning approaches for water purification treatment to supply good tasting water, and others.
Moreover, Tokyo Suido Services Co. Ltd. ran the booth together with us and disseminated their efforts for water utility and the time integral type leakage detector, and others.
Mr. Yoshiro Mori, President of the Japan Water Forum and Mr. Mikazuki, Senior Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism paid a visit to our booth.
The Singapore International Water Week has been held three times to date. Visitors have increased year by year, and this time a total of 14,000 people were accommodated during the entire period of the event. VIPs and others visited the convention from all over the world, which offered us a unique opportunity to globally disseminate the efforts of Tokyo Waterworks.


Mr. Takahara, Senior Director (Planning) expressing his view at the Japan Business Forum


Demonstration to booth visitors
Demonstration to booth visitors

Very popular feature, “Tokyo Water” in PET bottles
Very popular feature, “Tokyo Water” in PET bottles


Participation in the 3rd IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition

The 3rd IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition was hosted in Taipei City, Taiwan from Monday, October 19 through Wednesday, 21, 2009. 831 professionals in water and sewerage and in water environment from 35 countries made poster and oral presentations which totaled 508, with a main theme of “Working for Asia-Pacific Water Sustainability”. 7 participants in the conference from our Bureau made presentations as well. Particularly distinguished presentations were commended of all, and the one by Mr. Morooka, Director for Equipment Technology, Purification Division was elected as the “Best Poster Presentation”.
Moreover, the IWA Utility Leaders Forum was also held on the occasion of the conference, for discussion on challenges to the waterworks entities and others, and our Bureau made a presentation on measures in view of climate change at the forum. The measures of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government which enabled a reduction of leakage rate to 3.1% attracted attention of many attendants, who posed a series of questions on its concrete approaches to the goal.
An exhibition was also organized in parallel to the conference. A “Japan Pavilion” was a Japan’s exhibit in the exhibition. In one booth within the “Japan Pavilion”, we gave out leaflets and giveaway items of the 4th IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition will be held in 2011 in Tokyo which will be held on the next occasion in 2011; we thus called for participations in the next conference.
See also the 4th IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition website: http://www.aspire2011.org

Presentation at the IWA Utility Leaders Forum
Presentation at the IWA Utility Leaders Forum

Report on our preparatory measures for the next conference in Tokyo and call for participation in it, at 6th IWA-ASPIRE Council Meeting
Report on our preparatory measures for the next conference in Tokyo and call for participation in it, at 6th IWA-ASPIRE Council Meeting

Publicity activities of the conference in Tokyo at a booth within “Japan Pavilion”
Publicity activities of the conference in Tokyo at a booth within “Japan Pavilion”


Participation in Seoul-Tokyo Forum 2009

Our Bureau’s staffs, Mr. Masuko (Director General, Tama Waterworks Reform Promotion Center), Mr. Tomita (Director, Personnel Section, Personnel Division) and Mr. Ashida (Director, Technical Management Section, Construction Division) participated in Seoul-Tokyo Forum 2009 which was held in Seoul from Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, September 27.  The forum is organized every year since FY 2002 on a rotational basis by the Tokyo Metropolitan University and the University of Seoul, at a venue in the respective organizer’s place, with the aim of sharing respective research findings and initiatives concerning waterworks technology; since FY 2007, the Japan Water Works Association, the Bureau of Waterworks of Tokyo, the Korea Water Works Association and the Water Works Headquarters of Seoul City have participated in the forum.
In the forum of this year, Mr. Masuko made a keynote speech titled “Development for Revision of Main Facilities at Bureau of Waterworks Tokyo Metropolitan Government”, while Mr. Tomita made a presentation on “Global Warming Measures of Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Waterworks”; further Mr. Ashida’s presentation touched on his own “Study on the Anti-corrosion Effectiveness of Polyethylene Encasements for Water Pipes”.
Moreover, participants from Japan made courtesy calls on the Korea Water Works Association and the Water Works Headquarters of Seoul City, prior to the same forum; at the calls, the participants exchanged information concerning the waterworks situation of both countries with their partners, and assured a more intensive mutual collaboration in future.
Through the entire course of events, we have made a further step for promotion of exchanges between the both cities with the most advanced waterworks technologies in Asia.

A Group Photo at the Forum Venue (the University of Seoul)
A Group Photo at the Forum Venue (the University of Seoul)

Acceptance of Trainees from Taipei Water Department

The Bureau of Tokyo Waterworks held a training project related to the “Business management and pipeline technology of waterworks” as a part of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC21 in the following) on September 17 and 18, 2009. The Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC21) is an international network of Asian capital and major cities, undertaking joint projects on common tasks regarding crisis management, environmental countermeasures and industrial development, and applying the outcome for the prosperity / development of the Asian region.The Bureau of Tokyo Waterworks invites every year one of the member cities to this training project; for the current fiscal year, total 7 trainees from Taipei City who are engineers in charge of maintenance of distribution facilities and leakage prevention have participated in this project.
The Bureau of Tokyo Waterworks manages a waterworks business based on a world’s leading technical level which enabled a reduction of leakage rate to 3.1%.  In this year’s project, we introduced TMG’s technologies and initiatives relevant to Taipei’s challenges concerning maintenance of pipeline, valves and plugs, as well as leakage prevention measures in view of requests from Taipei City facing these challenges.  Subjects of the training project include lectures on designing of distribution pipes and maintenance of pipeline, valves and plugs, and water service facilities; in addition trainees visited work sites for replacement of distribution pipes, and engaged in a practical training concerning leakage investigation at the Bureau’s Training and Technical Development Center.  The trainees intensely learned about the technologies and know-how of Tokyo, in order to solve their problems in Taipei.

Visit at work sites for  open-cut construction

Visit at work sites for open-cut construction

Visit at work sites for laying  pipes using PIP method

Visit at work sites for laying pipes using PIP method

Practical training of  electrical leakage detector

Practical training of electrical leakage detector

Instruction on quick  response to leakage

Instruction on quick response to leakage

The 4th IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition will be held in 2011 in Tokyo

The 4th IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition -Toward Sustainable water Supply and Recycling Systems- will be held in Tokyo International Forum October 2(sun)-6(Thu) 2011.

Our facilities visited by the Director of Taipei Water Department, Taiwan

On July 15, 2009, the Director and staff of Taipei Water Department paid a courtesy call on Mr. Ozaki, Executive Advisory Engineer (at that time).
During the meeting, the conversations were held surrounding the topics such as the time from the development of water supply to the present situation in Taipei, and substantial adoption of advanced technology from Japan, especially the application of leakage prevention technology that reduced leakage rate in Taipei city. Also, the discussion came around to look back on the Taiwan Earthquakes in 1999 when TMWB investigated the disaster-affected area and supported provision of water wagon and other equipments, and agree to deepen exchanges of the human resource and technology for the sake of future mutual development.
The meeting also touched upon the coming 3rd IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition this year in Taipei and the following 4th IWA-ASPIRE Conference & Exhibition in 2011 which will be held in Tokyo, and conveyed anticipation of the successes of both conferences.
The next day on July 16, the group visited Training and Technical Development Center, and non-suspension water valve installation construction site in Kodaira city.
Through the 2-day visitation in Tokyo, it has brought not only enhanced acceleration of the relationships between Tokyo and Taipei Water, but also served as a favorable opportunity to further expand our cordial relations into the future.

Mr. Ozaki, Executive Advisory Engineer (at that time), explaining water supply in Tokyo, and Director of Taipei Water Department tasting the water

Mr. Ozaki, Executive Advisory Engineer (at that time), explaining water supply in Tokyo, and Director of Taipei Water Department tasting the water

They shook hands agreeing to accelerate cordial relations between Tokyo and Taipei Water

They shook hands agreeing to accelerate cordial relations between Tokyo and Taipei Water

Participated in C40 Seoul Summit and Climate Change Exhibition

The Third C40 Large Cities Climate Summit was held at Seoul, Korea with representatives from large cities participated in the Global Large Cities Leadership Group (C40), from May 18th through 21st. Governor Ishihara and Vice-Governor Inose participated from Tokyo Metropolitan while Water Supply Division Senior Director Yoshida joined from our Bureau.
This summit was composed of seven general meetings and 16 section meetings under the theme of "Cities' Achievements and Challenges in the Fight against Climate Change."
Governor Ishihara suggested that each participant city representative should approach to own government in order to make every nation join in the international framework of CO2 reduction due to the global warming crisis and introduced Tokyo's leading development at the C40 Climate Change Tokyo Conference held last year, at the general meeting one of "Climate Change and Economic Crisis."
In addition, Vice-Governor Inose reported achievements at the C40 Tokyo Conference and appealed the importance of technology development to connect with businesses by each city for realization of low carbon society, at the general meeting three of "Effective Adaptation Plan."
At the section meeting 11, Water Supply Division Senior Director Yoshida announced our development in "efficient water usage by leakage prevention." He received questions from representatives of India and Ethiopia since leakage prevention is highly interested especially in the third countries.
The Climate Change Exhibition was held at a show hall in Seoul for each city's public relation in conjunction with the Summit. At the Tokyo booth, we exhibited under the themes of environmental countermeasures, C40 Tokyo Conference achievements, Tokyo Water and leakage prevention measures.
We also demonstrated measures using an electronic leak detector and acoustic leak sound detection bar, exhibited models of ductile cast iron and water supply pipes and distributed plastic bottles of Tokyo Water to the public.
This Summit was important to discuss roles and developments that large cities must accomplish and extremely significant for us to participate in.

Governor Ishihara announcing at the general meeting one
Governor Ishihara announcing at the general meeting one

Vice-Governor Inose announcing at the general meeting three
Vice-Governor Inose announcing at the general meeting three

Water Supply Division Senior Director Yoshida announcing at the section meeting 11
Water Supply Division Senior Director Yoshida announcing at the section meeting 11

Tokyo Water handed out to Seoul citizens
Tokyo Water handed out to Seoul citizens

Booth staff explaining exhibits to visitors
Booth staff explaining exhibits to visitors

The 5th IWA Workshop "Tariff and Pricing Toward Sustainable Water Services" successfully held

On February 2 and 3, 2009, the 5th IWA (International Water Association) Workshop "Tariff and Pricing Toward Sustainable Water Services" was held at the Training and Technical Development Center.
Experts on water finance and pricing from all over the world were invited to present case reports and to participate in panel discussions on desirable governance and pricing structure for sustainable waterworks management.
The presentations of case reports highlighted the problems of non-revenue water and fare collection from poor communities in developing countries in South East Asia and the implementation of demand-control strategies through fare system in areas lacking sufficient water resources such as Australia or Singapore.
In the panel discussions, intense debates were held surrounding the topic of the future of waterworks management and fare system from the perspectives of financial, environmental and social sustainability.

The Asia Human Resource Development Network Conference was held at the Training and Technical Development Center

The Asia Human Resource Development Network Conference was held at the Training and Technical Development Center, for two days from November 20 (Thurs.) to 21 (Fri.) in 2008, for which the Tokyo Waterworks served as the secretariat.
This Network consisting of waterworks utilities in Asian countries discusses the issues and measures concerning human development in each country in order to achieve mutual development.
The conference was attended by approximately 20 people from the Office of Waterworks Seoul Metropolitan Government and Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-Water) from Korea, Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) from Thailand, and Construction of College No.2 at HCM city in Vietnam.
On the first day, each waterworks utility made a presentation on the human resource development issues and debated on the future and requirements of the Network. The participants were able to develop a common awareness about continuing strong cooperative relationship in the human resource development in order to further develop waterworks in Asia.
On the second day, the participants visited the modern facilities of Tokyo Waterworks, starting with the Customer Center, Misono Purification Plant, the Water Supply Operation Center, the Water Quality Center, and the Tokyo Waterworks Historical Museum.
All of the participants shook hands each other at the end of this fruitful conference to celebrate their friendship and reunion.

C40 Tokyo Conference on Climate Change Successfully Held

The "C40 Tokyo Conference on Climate Change 2008," an international conference for the responsible officials from major cities around the world to discuss adaptation measures with regard to climate change impacts brought about by global warming, was held from October 22nd through 24th, 2008.
The Conference began with the keynote lecture by Dr. Martin Parry, the former chairman of the working group of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), followed by five sessions featuring "Temperature rise in cities," "Water shortage," "Flood and natural disaster," "Food issues" and "Further issues," stimulating lively debate and presentation of best practice.
*C40 (The Large Cities Climate Leadership Group): A network of major cities committed to reducing greenhouse gas organized by Mayor of London in 2005. Tokyo joined the Group in 2006.

The Tokyo Waterworks took charge of the Second Session titled "Water shortage" and the Director General Higashioka served as the chairman. In this Session, Tokyo, Seattle, Singapore, Los Angels and Seoul presented the best practice. Mr. Ozaki, the Deputy Director General for Technical Affairs of the Tokyo Waterworks, lectured about "Action for Climate Change" in Tokyo Waterworks illustrating the importance of leak prevention as one of the adaptation measures against climate change.

In the second part of the Session, participants were divided into two groups to discuss "Securing water resources" and "Recycling wastewater." The Tokyo Waterworks was in charge of the Group One leading the discussion on "Securing water resources" and was given an opportunity to propose a joint action plan named "Promotion of Water Leakage Prevention -Save the water, Save the earth-."

At the General Meeting to conclude the Conference where of each session made a closing report, Director General Higashioka reported the outline and conclusion of the Second Session on behalf of the city of Tokyo.

At the General Meeting, C40 agreed to implement thirteen joint action designed for large cities and, most importantly, reached mutual recognition of needs for specific efforts to combat impending threats of climate change.

TMWB staffs attended the IWA World Water Congress in Vienna

The IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition was held in Vienna, Austria for 7-12 September 2008. In the congress, our staff members presented the papers on cutting-edge approaches of TMWB. The presented papers are as follows.

In the Exhibition, we handed out the bottled tap water "Tokyo-Sui" to the visitors, and received favorable reviews.

His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince of Japan presented a special lecture titled "Living with water - Human Ingenuity and Wisdom-."

From June 14 to September 14, 2008, an international exhibition on the theme of "Water and Sustainable Development" was held in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain.
At the symposium, "Water Tribune," held on July 21 as a part of the exhibition, His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince of Japan presented a special lecture titled "Living with water - Human Ingenuity and Wisdom-." In his lecture, The Crown Prince mentioned the waterworks system of Tokyo based on his visit to our facilities.
The Crown Prince introduced the efforts of the Tokyo Waterworks in achieving a globally low leakage rate and maintaining the condition of water source forests. In addition, he spoke about the innovative approaches of the Tokyo Waterworks in establishing a sustainable water management system, including the international cooperation through dispatch of engineers and acceptance of trainees from oversees.

TMWB participated in SIWW 2008

TMWB dispatched a delegation to SIWW (Singapore International Water Week) held on 23-27 June, 2008.
Our staff, Shiro Sasaki (Director for Water Supply) made a presentation about our measures for leakage prevention in Japan Business Forum. Also we set up a booth in Water Expo to introduce our projects.

TMWB exhibited in TICADⅣ

TMWB set up a booth and exhibited in TICADⅣ(The 4th Tokyo International Conference on African Development ) held in Yokohama on 28-30 May, 2008.
We introduced our projects (mainly "International Cooperation of TMWB" and "Our Measures for Leakage Prevention"). Visiters showed interest in demonstration of water leakage detection and bottled tap water "Tokyo-Sui".

Staffs of TMWB visited the Republic of South Africa

Staffs of TMWB inspected the site of steel
Staffs of TMWB inspected the site of steel
pipe replacement.

Our staffs, Masaru Oneda (Director for Liaison and Coordination of Improvement and Construction Works) and Takamasa Ichimura (Manager of Itabashi-kita Service Station) visited the Republic of South Africa in order to see the condition of water supply and the facility in March, 2008.
TMWB is going to accept trainees of RSA from 2009 and the purpose of this visit was to study the feasibility.






The IWA Workshop "Impact and Adaptation of Climate Change in Water Supply" was held in February in Training and Technical Development Center

The IWA Workshop "Impact and Adaptation of Climate Change in Water Supply" was held in Training and Technical Development Center on 4th, February.
This is the 4th IWA Workshop held in Japan and aimed to exchange knowledge and information regarding the impact on waterworks caused by climate change.
Prof. Shinichiro Ohgaki, the Vice President of IWA, Mr. Gertjan Zwolsman, the Secretary of the IWA specialist group on Climate Change, and other experts were invited as lecturers.

The 7th Plenary Meeting of ISO/TC224 was held in November in Training and Technical Development Center

The 7th Plenary Meeting of ISO/TC224 for study on international standard for water supply and sewerage services and the open seminar was held in Training and Technical Development Center on 20-22, November.
As the meeting was the last one for establishing the standard, reports on the result of yes-no vote on the final draft of the standard were presented, followed by the study on the future response to the above.
In the open seminar, lectures were given on the purpose and background of the establishment of the international standard, and the contents of the standard together with the cases of activities to this regard were reported.

Our facilities visited by the Minister of Water and Forestry, the Republic of South Africa

Ms. Lindiwe B Hendricks, the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, the Republic of South Africa visited Kanamachi Purification Plant on August 21 and Training and Technical Development Center on August 22. The Republic of South Africa is now tackling with big problems of building up water supply facilities and fostering technical experts, and making an inspection of the outstanding facilities and technologies in Tokyo was the purpose of the Minister's visit to Japan. After visitation, the Minister made a request for acceptance of trainees from the country, and we are going to comply with his request to the best of our ability.

Bureau of Waterworks Tokyo Metropolitan Government