The International Desalination Association (IDA) is to organize its first technical conference focused on water treatment strategies for the oil & gas industry.

Desalination and Water Reuse for the Oil & Gas Industry will be held on 12‑14 May 2013 in Banff, Alberta, at the Fairmont Banff Springs, a Canadian National Historic Site that is considered one of the most beautiful venues in the region.

Conference sessions will explore the different technologies currently being used, as well as those that are showing promising results, for the overall water management cycle on the various kinds of oil and gas extraction sites.

“This event is timely and relevant for not only members of the oil and gas industry, but also for professionals engaged in desalination and wastewater recycle/reuse,” said Guillaume Clairet, IDA director and co-chair of IDA’s Humanitarian Outreach Program. *Oil and gas companies must contend with a variety of issues, from increasingly stringent environmental regulations to heightened scrutiny about wastewater from fracking and oil recovery operations. This conference will place the spotlight on water treatment strategies to manage these issues.”

In addition to sharing technical knowledge, the conference will continue the work of IDA’s Humanitarian Outreach Initiative. Proceeds from the event will be donated to one or more non-profit organizations that develop water-related humanitarian projects in Africa and South America, where the majority of the population still suffers from drinking water scarcity.