1st Annual (2019)

Planning the UK’s Water Infrastructure

Thursday 05 September 2019


Registration and refreshments
Chair's opening remarks
Paul Horton
Future Water Association
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
Mike Woolgar
Water Strategy Director
Delivering a resilient water supply system – for now and the future
  • 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?
John Devall
Head of Strategic Asset Planning
Severn Trent Water
Morning refreshments
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?
Trevor Bishop
Water Resources in the South East
John Devall
Head of Strategic Asset Planning
Severn Trent Water
Andy Blaxland
Adams Hendry
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
Julian Boswall
Burges Salmon
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
Jamie Jones
Network Project Manager + Institute of Water Representative
Portsmouth Water
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?
Mark Kaney
Director – Asset Management
Black & Veatch
Afternoon refreshments
Part 3: Increasing supply and improving resilience – delivering new infrastructure
Delivering new water infrastructure: the planning routes and requirements
  • Utilising permitted development rights
  • Complying with EIA and HRA requirements
  • Justifying the need and securing consent
  • Common problems encountered, and how to overcome them
Andy Blaxland
Adams Hendry
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
  • What carbon reductions can be made?
Claire Brightley
Lead Carbon Advisor
Yorkshire Water
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

*All sessions include time for Q & A*