1st Annual (2019)

Planning the UK’s Water Infrastructure

Thursday 05 September 2019


Registration and refreshments
Chair's opening remarks
Part 1: Identifying and delivering the infrastructure to support the UK’s water needs
Anticipating the UK’s water needs: developing the water infrastructure needed to improve resilience to drought and flood
  • Assessing capacity and anticipating water supply needs
  • Creating a resilient network
  • Improving resilience of systems and services – ensuring the industry can respond to the challenges of future supply needs
Planned investment in the water network: planning for future needs and incorporating innovation
  • Improving infrastructure – what is needed and planned?
  • Innovations in resilience and network planning
  • What are the priorities for the sector and how can the industry respond now?
PANEL DISCUSSION: Can the necessary infrastructure be delivered within the current regulatory framework? What is the best way to plan for long term infrastructure needs?
  • Does least cost offer most long term value?
  • Involving customers in the decision making process
  • Does the current regulatory framework fully support the delivery of innovative, long lasting infrastructure?
Morning refreshments
Creating a resilient water network
  • Incentivising action and innovations
  • Regulation of the sector
The Water Resources Infrastructure National Policy Statement: what does it mean for future water infrastructure delivery?
  • The designation of Water NPS
  • What types of projects are affected?
  • The use of the water NPS in supporting the delivery of additional supply infrastructure
  • Unblocking barriers to development
Networking lunch
Part 2: Managing existing infrastructure - solutions to managing and improving existing infrastructure
Reducing leakage: improvements that can be made to existing infrastructure to reduce leakage and improve supply
  • The importance of reducing leakage
  • Big data – predicting problems
  • Digital systems – faster repairs
Deploying technologies to increase network resilience and make informed infrastructure decisions
  • When can technology and data management be used?
  • What technologies are available to improve asset management?
Ensuring new networks are leakage free: steps needed to get to zero leakage
  • Reducing leakage through network design
  • Use of new technology and materials
  • The role of sensors
Afternoon refreshments
Part 3: Increasing supply and improving resilience – delivering new infrastructure
Delivering new water infrastructure: the planning routes and requirements
  • What are the requirements?
  • Steps and timelines?
Funding available and investment being made in water infrastructure
  • What funding is available?
  • How can it be secured?
  • Planning for infrastructure investment and the plans being made for PR19
Reducing carbon: the role of water infrastructure in creating a more sustainable environment
  • What initiatives are planned and underway to improve the environment?
  • Incorporating environmental decision and carbon reducing into infrastructure decisions
  • The use of energy storage in reducing carbon emissions – including energy in long terms plans
  • What carbon reductions can be made?
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

*All sessions include time for Q & A*