Neom launches the Line

CHANGING
THE FUTURE OF
WATER

CHANGING
THE FUTURE OF
WATER

Building a sustainable future for all. By minimizing water costs, eradicating waste and preventing pollution. This means recycling 100% of wastewater, a net-zero footprint, renewable energy and sea-water mining. Water must stay where it belongs – in the wild.

Hear from the experts

NEOM Head of Water

Gavin van Tonder

NEOM Head of Water

  • 01

    Could you map out where water sits in the grand vision for NEOM and how integral it is to the project’s success?

  • 02

    What world-firsts are your team is working on?

  • 03

    NEOM is aiming for Industry 4.0 — would you be able to explain what that means and how it's possible?

  • 04

    How is this all possible at NEOM? Is it purely about bringing together super-advanced technology and the greatest minds on the planet?

  • 05

    How does the brine processing technology work and what will it enable you to achieve?

  • 06

    What new opportunities for growth are made available by desalination systems powered by renewable energy?

  • 07

    Do you expect NEOM's innovative water blueprint to be implemented by other nations?

  • 08

    What is the timeline of your water goals and objectives?

  • 09

    What is the legacy you want to leave for future generations?

  • 10

    Is there a popular misconception people have about NEOM?

  • 11

    What is daily life like in the NEOM community right now?

  • 12

    For background, could you tell us more about your own profile and career?

  • 13

    The pull of NEOM as an undertaking is clear, but what was the clincher for you to join the project here in Saudi Arabia?

our goals & objectives

  • 01

    Be the leader in renewable-energy powered desalination and integrated resource recovery seawater treatment

    NEOM takes water infrastructure into a new era, integrating desalination and brine processing plants and powering them with sustainable carbon-neutral technologies. We’re committed to a fully integrated resource recovery seawater treatment (FIRRST) to conserve the Red Sea ecosystem - a world-first at this scale.

  • 02

    Design and implement a smart network that distributes high-standard water to all of NEOM

    NEOM is building smart water systems powered by renewable energy, delivering high-quality drinking water and recycled water across its network, while removing wastewater. Smart metering and irrigation, leakage detection, and water quality monitoring will be controlled in real time.

  • 03

    Pioneer water recycling and stewardship, capturing every drop and treating it for reuse

    Superior transmission and storage, network monitoring and 100% wastewater and stormwater reuse are key to water conservation at NEOM. Chemicals, nutrients, minerals and more resources will be harvested in state-of-the-art water recycling facilities for industrial and agricultural use.

  • 04

    Create a global innovation hub for the research and development of the water solutions of the future

    NEOM’s Innovation Hub will house Centers of Excellence focused on the investigation of water usage and management, attracting the world’s greatest minds. By exporting technology, knowledge and expertise, NEOM’s Water Solution Company will become the global leader in water technology.

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Our team

The NEOM Water Sector is bringing together world-leading experts to help build a more sustainable future, preserving this limited natural resource through groundbreaking technology.

  • Gavin Van Tonder

    Gavin van Tonder

    Head of NEOM Water

    With 30 years of experience in the water industry, Gavin van Tonder has held top positions at leading organizations such as Itron, Schlumberger and Sasol. Highly-skilled in navigating challenging milestones, his experience is truly global – stretching across 13 countries and four continents.

  • Greg Welch

    Greg Welch

    Head of Business Development

  • Emma Dannemiller

    Emma Dannemiller

    Head of Sustainability and Risk

  • Robert Garner

    Robert Garner

    Head of Water Supply

  • David Mitchell

    David Mitchell

    Head of Water Transmission & Distribution

  • Nicholas Burnett

    Nicholas Burnett

    Head of Wastewater & Recycling

  • Joao Pitta

    Joao Pitta

    Head of Water Management

  • Carlos Garcia

    Carlos Garcia

    Head of Planning, Regulations and Resources

Downloads

  • NEOM Information pack

    NEOM Information pack

    NEOM Fact Sheet,
    NEOM Brochure

    ZIP file 24.8MB
  • Register as a Supplier

    Register as a Supplier

    New Supplier Registration Guide,
    Supplier Code of Conduct,
    Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

    ZIP file 2.2MB

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