Virtual Conference

Planning the UK’s Water Infrastructure

Thursday 05 November 2020


Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Paul Horton
Future Water Association
Part 1: Plans and commitments to increasing water network resilience
Future plans and strategies for improving the UK’s water infrastructure
  • Investment priorities for the water industry
  • Expected projects following the introduction of the new Water NPS
  • Plans for new regional infrastructure schemes
  • Impact of the Environment Bill
Edmund Beard
Team Leader Strategic Water Planning
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Improving regulation and removing barriers: RAPID’s vision to meet the new growth agenda
  • What are the new development and supply options?
  • Assessment processes and scheme feasibility
  • Increasing resilience and the environment agenda simultaneously
  • Water companies role – what are the regulators’ expectations?
  • Joined up thinking to alleviate all risks between water resources and flood management
Margaret Read
Director, Stakeholders and Programme (RAPID)
Building and maintaining resilient UK water infrastructure which is fit for the future
  • Critical infrastructure strategy for water resources – what are the new recommendations to improve flood, drought and every day supply
  • Plans, challenges and expectations for the water industry to meet demand and improve resilience
  • Demand management strategies to reduce leakage and increase efficiency
Laura Burnett
Water Service Strategy Team Leader
Scottish Water
Networking and morning break
Part 2 : Improving environmental impacts and responding to climate change
Ensuring effective flood risk management through sustainable drainage systems
  • What infrastructure is needed to support SuDS?
  • What are the benefits and the options?
  • Main challenges with surface water drainage and how to overcome
  • Impacts on water quality and bio-diversity
John Rumble
Head of Environmental Resource Planning
Hertfordshire County Council
Responding to the climate emergency and reducing the water industry’s carbon footprint – viability and strategy
  • How can we effectively tackle embedded carbon? What are the initiatives out there?
  • Decentralised and local systems approach for water supply– is this the way forward?
  • Catchment management methods and where is it possible?
David Riley
Head of Carbon Neutrality
Anglian Water
Developing blue-green infrastructure to tackle environmental degradation and maximise socio-economic opportunity
  • What does blue-green infrastructure planning entail?
  • What are the main challenges?
  • Benefits to urban areas, water resources and quality
  • Where can this be done and what opportunities exist?
Jenny Mant
Head of Water
Networking break
Panel discussion: Effectively planning water infrastructure for climate extremities and 2030 carbon neutrality
  • Dealing with increasing population and climate change across water supply and waste water
  • How can water companies improve their ecological status
  • What new innovation is out there?
  • Planning for new infrastructure under 2030 zero carbon targets – what are the changes and the process?
Trevor Bishop
Organisational Development Director
Water Resources in the South East
Edmund Beard
Team Leader Strategic Water Planning
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Adrian Johnson
Technical Director
Part 3 – New technology to tackle resilience and maintenance challenges
Maximising asset health: Updating and maintaining assets to future proof infrastructure
  • Long term asset investment whilst reducing costs – are we doing enough?
  • Remote condition monitoring to improve efficiency of assets
  • Investing in critical stress areas
  • Making better use of data and information gathering – what are the technological developments?
Chris Royce
Head of Strategic Investment Management
Anglian Water
Halving leakage or zero leakage by 2050? Strategies and new technology
  • What are the technology options out there and where can they be implemented
  • Best practice in reducing leakage – challenges and lessons learnt
  • Current advancements with leakage repair
Simon Dray
Managing Director – Water Services
SSI Services
Networking and afternoon break
Part 4 – Planning to meet demand
Lessons for Water NSIPs from other sectors
  • NSIP consenting is new to water sector
  • Making best use of the NSIP regime 
  • Avoiding pitfalls from other sectors
Speaker from
Burges Salmon
Panel discussion: How can the industry respond to increasing demand and improve water efficiency?
  • Are we planning infrastructure the right way to meet demand?
  • What comes after good asset management?
  • Changing consumer behaviour - what are the strategies?
  • What would decentralisation look like for water resources
Terry Fuller
Chief Executive
The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking

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