Tianjin was named the location after voting by the full IDA Board. “China is widely recogniaed as an important emerging market in desalination and water reuse. We look forward to a very successful event in 2013,” said Patricia A Burke, secretary general. Durban, South Africa was also considered as a location for the 2013 IDA World Congress.

Tianjin has already hosted four desalination conferences jointly hosted by IDA and the Tianjin Municipal People’s Government. The most recent event, The 2011 Desalination and Water Reuse International Forum was held in April 2011.

The IDA World Congress is held every two years. The 2011 World Congress will take place from 4-9 September in Perth, Western Australia.