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Daegu, a Global and Regional Hub City of the Water Industry

  • In 2015, the 7th World Water Forum was held under the theme “Water for Our Future” and was attended by over 40,000 people from 100 countries.
  • Korea International Water Week has been hosted to help the domestic water industry expand into overseas markets every year since 2016.
  • The Korea Water Cluster, which hosts water industry R&D facilities, verification plants, factories, etc. for over 150 water companies, was completed in June 2019 and the Korea Water Cluster Agency has been launched to provide water companies with one-stop support (development of new technologies → certification/verification → commercialization).
  • The Korea Institute for Water Technology Certification, the country’s only integrated certification/verification authority regarding water industry technologies, was launched in November 2019.
  • Daegu is committed to becoming a global hub city of the water industry by developing at least ten world-class technologies, achieving export of KRW 1 trillion and creating 5,000 new jobs by 2025.

Development of the Korea Water Cluster

Development of the Korea Water Cluster
  • Developed on an area of 650,000㎡ within Daegu National Industrial Park (Sep. 4, 2019)
  • Period: 2015-Jun. 2019
  • Budget: KRW 286.1 billion (state funding: KRW 240.9 billion, municipal funding: KRW 45.2 billion)         
  • Key Facilities
    • Water Industry Promotion Center (70,000㎡): Water Convergence R&D Center, Global Business Center, Water Campus
    • Test-Bed & Demo-plant (100,000㎡): Verification plants for sewage, wastewater, reclaimed water and purification, and user-customized areas
    • Business Complex (480,000㎡): 50 mid-sized companies and strong SMEs
  • Factories, research institutes, leased offices, etc. for over 150 water companies

Launch of the Korea Institute for Water Technology Certification

  • Korea’s only water technology certification authority launched based on the Act on the Development of Water Management Technologies and on the Promotion of the Water Industry, which was enacted in June 2018
  • A certification/verification authority that governs water-related materials or products, water purifiers, etc.