Glasgow unveils bid for World Water Forum 2015
A delegation assessing Glasgow's bid to host the World Water Forum in 2015 has arrived in the city for a three-day fact-finding mission.
Glasgow City Council and the Glasgow Marketing Bureau will be revealing the bid plans to the judges, who will also be given a tour of the facilities.
The Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, Alex Neil, will be hosting a reception at Edinburgh Castle for the delegation and laying out the case for the bid.
The event could attract an estimated 20,000 visitors to the city which would generate around £20 million to the Scottish economy.
Scottish Water is also backing the bid. Chief executive, Richard Ackroyd, said: "Scotland is rich in water resources, we have some of the highest quality water in the world and we are at the forefront of measures being taken to best utilise and protect water supplies.
"Securing the world's precious water resources is a massive global challenge and Scotland - with all of its knowledge, expertise, history of innovation and ambition - can play a key part in facing this challenge."
The Forum, run by the World Water Council, takes place every three years.
Last year 25,000 participants took part in the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, making it the world's biggest water-related event. Alison Brown