ADB's Focus on Water
In the Spotlight
The recently concluded Asia Water Forum 2018 was widely acknowledged as a success by the over 800 participants who attended. Held on 2–5 October in Manila, the forum had a theme of “Information, Innovation, and Technology.” It included 6 plenary sessions, 22 parallel technical sessions, and 5 workshops, totaling to over 100 presentations. The Technology and Innovation Exhibition featured 48 exhibitors from the private sector, research institutions, and water agencies.
Timor-Leste plans to provide universal access to clean water by 2030. ADB is supporting the plan, focusing on improving water supply in Dili and the municipal capitals. More than 30,000 people in 4,400 households now have a reliable water supply.
Members of the press were given a presentation on 21 June at HQ on a new technology, capable of producing drinking water from sunlight and air, that has been installed at HQ’s rooftop. ADB is collaborating with Zero Mass Water, Inc. and the Philippine National Electrification Administration to improve access to quality drinking water in urban and remote areas of the country through the technology.
ADB is working with the Philippines to modernize Manila's water supply and reduce the risk of water shortages as demand rises in tandem with the city's booming population.
Water, like many of the world’s precious resources, is threatened by misuse, overuse, and pollution. In Asia and the Pacific, many countries are in a water crisis, and their expanding populations have increasing demands for water.
"Water for All" is ADB's vision for the Asia and Pacific region. ADB works to increase investments for better water services in cities and rural communities and careful management of water resources.