Description/achievement of initiative
BKT’s Tomorrow Water Process (TWP) is a beautiful, profitable, and environmentally advanced wastewater treatment that leverages the convergence of proven innovative unit technologies to convert wastewater from cost stream to profit stream. Designed not only to address economic factors but also consequences of global climate change, the TWP provides environmentally and economically sustainable management of wastewater at the highest standards of water quality, previously unfeasible for developing nations. To succeed in the optimization and global dissemination of TWP, BKT is committing resources toward active pursuit of broad collaboration and development of knowledge sharing for the Tomorrow Water Initiative.
Initially focused on developing nations with warm-weather climates, the Tomorrow Water Initiative ultimately hopes to revolutionize wastewater treatment worldwide--encompassing a low-carbon-impact solution that mitigates factors aggravating global climate change and facilitates preemptive measures to combat the consequences of natural disasters. In the first stage, BKT will seek to formalize a site at which to construct and operate a test facility to serve as a demonstration hub. For maximum accessibility, an ideal site would be located in a developed country with a tropical or temperate climate similar to that of developing nations but equipped with the additional economic and intellectual resources necessary to support simultaneous technological refinement. During this time, BKT will also solidify an advisory board of academic, political, and policy experts to streamline TWP’s technical details and validate its full capabilities—both for the developing world and for developed nations that can adopt some or all of the TWP technologies for energy savings and income generation during the wastewater treatment process.In the second stage, the established test facility will serve as an origin for technological convergence. Its successful day-to-day operation will stand as further proof of concept for both the unit technologies and overall process while enabling hands-on experimentation to increase the TWP’s adaptability to a greater range of climate conditions and ability to Incorporate advanced and alternative technologies. Each success will help aggregate additional development funding, ultimately targeting approval to retrofit the entirety of the test site’s existing wastewater treatment systems to the Tomorrow Water Process, a comprehensive solution for water reuse, energy production, and waste treatment that will streamline urban infrastructure and increase productivity. In the final stage, BKT aspires to cooperate with both intergovernmental agencies and nation-specific government entities in spreading the TWP’s revolutionary technology to all developing nations and encouraging the legislation of supporting policy standards and regulations by the associated National Assembles. Even more crucial to ensuring continued adoption and global expansion will be parallel support from more advanced or developed nations willing to cooperate in strengthening policy while aggregating aid funding for additional research and implementation of TWP for the success of the SDGs.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Currently, limitations to the cutting-edge technological elements of the TWP require taking advantage of the warm temperatures inherent to the climates characteristic of many developing nations near the Equator. To reach its ultimate goal of establishing TWP as an industry standard to provide clean water all over the world, however, BKT must first pursue ongoing development of innovative technological solutions that lower cost and increase efficiency for each step of the TWP.For example, a key advantage of the TWP lies in the core biofiltration technology’s ability to divert carbon from the wastewater stream, maintaining the stringent levels necessary to protect the Anammox bacteria and algal processes downstream. Calibrated correctly, the synergy between these three distinct processes minimizes energy consumption while producing unprecedented water quality for reuse, simultaneously allowing the diverted carbon to be channeled for energy production through anaerobic digestion. As it does today, BKT will join leading experts in various fields to encourage interdisciplinary discussion about and active collaboration for optimizing each individual component of the TWP and maximizing the efficiency of the overall process.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
As the technological and ideological cornerstone of Tomorrow Water, BKT seeks to continue expanding the global network of public and private entities whose common goals can be bridged through its role as coordinator of the initiative’s tangible operations. The resulting synergy of intent will be necessary in earning support from the National Assemblies to institute this initiative for realizing the SDGs, ultimately empowering the institution of lasting policy changes within the government of each operating nation.
BKT, Tomorrow Water, Korean Association for Supporting SDGs (ASD)