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SA Sundowner October 2023 - United by Water: Turkey's Earthquake Disaster Relief

Icon of a calendar 19 Oct, 2023 | Small clock icon 5.30pm - 6.30pm | Icon of a map pin PMQ @ Electra House Hotel, 131 King William St, Adelaide

The Young Water Professionals of the AWA's SA Branch are excited to invite you to the October 2023 SA Sundowner, for after-work drinks, with guest speaker Mert Inanç Emir and informal networking and discussion held at Electra House Hotel on Thursday 19th October 2023 from 5:15pm for a 5.30pm start to 6:30pm.

 The SA AWA YWP Committee aims to empower emerging leaders to build water industry networks, grow their knowledge and sharpen their leadership skills in both formal and informal settings.  Join us for regular after-work Sundowner drinks and informal networking hosted every other month by the AWA SA Young Water Professionals. Special guest speakers will be featured throughout the series to explore a wide range of topics through a short presentation and discussion. These events are open to anyone with an interest in the water industry and present an opportunity to meet and catch up with other professionals.

 This is a free event where you can grab your drink(s) of choice, however, please register your attendance. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Guest Speaker

Mert Inanç Emir

Topic - United by Water: Turkey's Earthquake Disaster Relief

On February 6, 2023, a series of powerful earthquakes struck south-eastern Turkey, close to the Syrian border. These earthquakes, accompanied by numerous aftershocks, caused extensive devastation on both sides of the border, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives in both nations, displacement of millions from their homes and causing significant harm to vital infrastructure. These have been some of the strongest earthquakes to hit the region in the last century, prompting a global humanitarian response at the request of the Turkish Government.

In collaboration with its shareholder, Hitachi Zosen of Japan, Osmoflo, led by Mert Inanç Emir, has donated three containerised water treatment plants to provide safe drinking water access to thousands of displaced local residents. These assets are designed to handle three different types of feedwater and will supply over 1400m³/day to the affected region. They were shipped from Osmoflo’s headquarters in June and have now arrived in the impacted city of Malatya, ready to be installed and commissioned.  

This Sundowner event occurs during National Water Week with this year’s theme being ‘United by Water’. Having recently returned from Turkey, Mert has personally witnessed the aftermath of the disaster and has kindly agreed to talk about his 5 month stay in the impacted area. Join us to learn more about the remarkable efforts Mert is undertaking and how, even in times of crisis, water can unite us.


Mert Inanç Emir is a Turkish South Australian, previously worked at Osmoflo. Leveraging his social media presence and connections within the South Australian Turkish Community, Mert has played a pivotal role in coordinating donations to support disaster relief efforts in Turkey.

Event Details
When: Thursday 19th October 2023
Venue: PMQ Electra House Hotel, 131 King William St. Adelaide
Time: 5:30pm start. Event concludes at 6:30pm
What: Drinks over the bar and light meals available for purchase

We really look forward to seeing you in person!



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