ECOAGUA participated in the 5th Latin American Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse, DESAL 2016, held in Santiago, Chile, at the Sheraton Hotel from 5th to 7th October 2016.

The DESAL congress, which is held every two years and is organized by the Latin American Association for Desalination and Water Reuse (ALADYR) and the Chilean company Gecamin, has gathered more than 270 professionals, who have addressed strategies for desalination and water reuse in the industry discussed in the 55 technical presentations of authors from 16 countries and 5 plenary sessions.

DESAL has been structured in several thematic sessions addressing aspects of both desalination and reuse. The technical talks have range from the optimization of the design and desalination process to the new techniques and innovations that are being introduced in the desalination market, going through more specific aspects on the design of seawater intakes or the operation and maintenance of large desalination plants. Several of the presentations were also related to the mining market, a sector with an important presence in Chile and with wide needs for water use in its processes.

Attendees and speakers at DESAL included representatives of numerous Spanish and Latin American construction companies, members of the Chilean administration, private water management operators, professionals in the field of engineering and consulting in various countries and academic representatives from different universities.

Juan María Sánchez, CEO of ECOAGUA, participated in the Congress as a member of the congress’s technical advisory committee.

This event is the fifth edition of the DESAL Congress, organized by ALADYR, an association that was founded on November 30, 2010 in the framework of the II International Desalination Seminar held in the city of Antofagasta, Chile, and by Gecamin, a Chilean company with 18 years of experience in the organization of international conferences and seminars, aimed at generating transfer poles and updating of knowledge in the mining industry.