Technical Tours

These were the technical tours that took place during the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018 in Tokyo.  In Copenhagen we are preparing great technical tours and we will make the information available soon.

Tokyo Waterworks’ human resources development and inherited to next generation

9:45 – 12.30 (depart and return Tokyo Big Sight)

Since its opening in 2005, the Training and Technical Development Center of Bureau of Waterworks, Tokyo Metropolitan Government has been organizing lectures and field training sessions for employees of the Bureau and other public organizations in various training facilities. It is the largest experience-based facility for waterworks training in Japan.

This Tokyo Waterworks facility combines a training section and R&D centre. Participants in this visit will experience field training in areas such as water leakage detection; and demonstrations of R&D products. This visit also includes a hands-on implementation demonstration experience of emergency water supply, by a waterworks emergency services unit who is a rapid response organization in case of “earthquakes” and “accidents”.

*Participation with comfortable clothes is desirable.

Price: 40€

Technology and products of Japanese company

Tour of Japan’s largest factory of steel pipes for water

9:45 – 11:45 (depart and return Tokyo Big Sight)

JFE Engineering Corporation has one of the largest manufacturing lines of steel pipes for water in Japan. In this tour, you can see the manufacturing process of steel pipe from a steel plate through welding, painting, etc. And also diesel engines and large shield machines, which are also manufactured in the same plant.

Course of tour: Showing DVD and brief presentation

Plant tour (steel pipes, shield machines, etc.)

*Participate with comfortable clothes is desirable.
*Photography in the plant is not allowed.

JFE Engineering has been established as a result of a merge between NKK and Kawasaki Steel, both are the major manufacturing companies in Japan. Its former organization was the engineering divisions of both companies and their subsidiaries. JFE Engineering already has the world’s best technology in a number of fields such as energy supply/ distribution engineering based on pipeline systems, environmental engineering including waste incineration and water treatment systems, steel plant engineering, structural engineering as bridges and frames, and heavy industrial machinery.

Price: 40€

Water flow in Tokyo – water intake, purification and distribution

10:30 – 16.45 (depart and return Tokyo Big Sight)

Tokyo Waterworks have been promoting measures to secure water resources and improve waterworks facilities in order to provide a constant and stable supply of clean water. As a result, Tokyo now boasts as one of the largest and best waterworks in the world. The Tokyo Waterworks Bureau I working to build a more reliable waterworks system, while developing high-quality water services in both tangible and intangible areas.

The Purification plants purify water from rivers to ensure safe tap water for drinking. The Tokyo Waterworks Bureau has purification plants with a total capacity to produce about 6.86 million m2of tap water per day.

Akigase Intake Weir, 10:30 – 11:30

Akigase Intake Weir was constructed to cope with growing demand in the Tokyo metropolitan area, which utilized water developed in Tone river, and Ara river. The water is used for supplying domestic and industrial purposes in Tokyo as well as Saitama, and for drawing  water stably to use water purification in Sumida river.

Course of tour:Guide to the facility, and visit to the operation room -> visit to the intake weir

*Participate to be in easy-to-wear clothes is preferred.

Asaka purification plant, 13:00 – 14:30

The purification plant to support civic life for 13 million citizen of Tokyo and urban activities in the capital of Japan. Introduction of advanced water treatment by ozonation and biogical activated carbon in order to supply more safer and tastier water.

Due to security measures, below conditions are required to follow strictly upon implementation.

* Mandatory to confirm identification by ID with a photo such as passport, etc.
* Tour course is limited within allowable areas.
* Photography is prohibited.

Construction site, 14:45 – 16:45

Tours on practical construction sites which are under-construction by the Tokyo Waterworks. It is possible to visit shield construction sites of large-diameter transmission pipes with 2600mm by getting down from the departure shaft.

*Participate with comfortable clothes is desirable.
*Impossible to participate in the high-heeled shoes or sandals.

Price: 70€

Flood control infrastructure by utilizing urban space and inherited to next generation by Tokyo Sewerage

10:30 – 15:00 (depart and return Tokyo Big Sight)

Tokyo Sewerage Museum “Rainbow”, 10:30 – 11:30

Tokyo Sewerage Museum “Rainbow” is the PR hands-on facility where children can learn about sewerage. By experience work with having access to sewerage pipes, pumping station, central monitoring room and water analysis room, children can learn about aspiration and devise of people who involves with sewerage works (Only introduction available about the hands-on at the time of attending the tour).

The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, 14:00 – 15:00

The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel is the world’s largest underground discharge channels at 50 meters below ground with a 6.3 kilometers long tunnel. The total storage capacity is 670,000㎥. The channel is the flood-control measures facility and consists of the “Inflow facilities” and “Banks” for taking water from the rivers, the “Tunnel” of the underground water channel for directing intake water downstream while pooling, the “Pressure-adjusting water tank” for reducing the water flow in the underground area and securing a smooth flow, and the “Draining pump station” and “Drainage sluiceway” for draining intake water from underground areas.

Course of tour: Pavilion tour (introducing of basin and projects, and tour of exhibition in the pavilion) (approx. 30 minutes) -> Tour of pressure-adjusting water tank (underground) (approx. 30 minutes)

*Participate in the clothes and shoes which may be stained.
*Impossible to participate in the high-heeled shoes or sandals.
*In event of heavy rain or facility operation, a slight change in the tour course may occur.

Price: 70€

Tokyo Sewerage’s sewage treatment and human resources development

9:30 – 12.00 (depart and return Tokyo Big Sight)

Sunamachi Water Reclamation Center, 09:30 – 11:00

Sunamachi Water Reclamation Center is the second oldest wastewater treatment plant in Tokyo since 1930. Sunamachi treatment area is a delta area surrounded by Sumida River and Arakawa river. The center is treating the sewer generated from the vast zone (6,153ha) with Ariake Water Reclamation Center.

The treated water is discharged to Tokyo Bay. Besides, a part of the treated water is cleaned through sand filtration and used inside the center for cleaning facilities, cooling machines, and flushing toilets.

The Sewerage Technology Training Center, 11:00 – 12:00

The Sewerage Technology Training Center has been established as Japan’s first large-scale training facility for human resources development and technology in heritance in sewerage industry. It is located in Sunamachi Water Reclamation Center and has 21 training facilities in the training building and 12 training facilities outside.

Price: 70€

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