New technologies, accessibility, sustainable development and the circular economy – all themes that revolve around one single great resource: water. These are the topics that will be addressed by the Water Festival, being held in Bari this year, at the meetings, conferences and events organized for the initiative. The Festival, scheduled for October 8-11, has been conceived and sponsored by Utilitalia (the Italian federation of water, environment and energy management companies) and Acquedotto Pugliese (the water management company of the Puglia Region). The event will see Italian and international speakers talking about water, seen as a crucial resource for life itself. Guests will include the Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti, the Coordinator of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme Stefan Uhlenbrook, and the President of the International Water Association Diane Darras. The program includes breakout sessions on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the right to water and the Mediterranean, and discussions on climate change and the effects of drought and floods, and on the “blue circular economy”, with water reuse and the new life of sewage sludge for the harnessing of energy. Previous editions of the Festival (Genoa 2011, L’Aquila 2013 and Milan 2015) attracted some 429,000 visitors in all, including 14,800 students, and featured 98 technical-scientific sessions as well as 94 cultural events-related to the topic of water.