Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 18, 2019 (SKNIS): Over 60 exhibitors from across the world, who assembled at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort from October 14-17, 2019, embraced the opportunity to showcase their products and services in the water and waste sectors, as well as network with stakeholders.
The exhibit, which formed part of the 28th Annual Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) Conference, provided exhibitors with an excellent space for networking.
Noah Roberts, International Business Development Specialist with The Ford Meter Box Company, Inc. in the United States, shared his views on the event and noted that he was pleased with the interaction. Ford Meter Box is a family-owned manufacturer of waterworks products such as valves, couplings, and meter boxes.
“The exhibition for us is going very well. We met with a lot of people from the industry, from all over the Caribbean of course, and in many different capacities – from government utilities, private contractors and other manufacturers like us that we work in conjunction with,” said Mr. Roberts on Day 3 (October 16) of the exhibition. “This is very important to bring people together from all over the water industry and in the Caribbean… to be able to give water utilities more revenue and to get better quality water to the people.”
Jake Heikkinen, Vice President, Distributor Sales – US and Canada, represented Kamstrup, a world-leading manufacturer of systems solutions for smart energy and water metering out of Denmark. He noted the importance of households being equipped with smart water meters which make it easier to detect leaks by providing a constant stream of information such as hourly water use.
“In my opinion, all households should be equipped with a [smart] water meter… because the islands experience water scarcity and droughts quite often, therefore, the natural resources like water should be used with care,” Mr. Heikkinen noted. “And by having a meter in every household this will give an incentive for the consumer to use water only when needed.”
Alexander Herrera, Sales Manager for Fluence™, said that it was a great idea to have the conference and by extension the exhibit. He said that the event provided governments and policy makers in the Caribbean region an opportunity to explore new ways to engage and discuss the water and wastewater sectors.
“This is an opportunity for all the governments to get together and start approaching new ways to improve the water and wastewater treatment systems that are kind of outdated,” said Mr. Herrera.
Fluence™, a company based in the United States, delivers innovative, cost-effective water, wastewater and reuse solutions to businesses and communities worldwide.