The UK's Big Water Challenges: Opportunities to Collaborate

Date: 21st September 2017

Location: thestudio, Leeds LS1 4AW

Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm  (Registration & coffee from 10:00am)

Jointly promoted by the Scottish Government, the Water Industry Forum and the UK Water Partnership, this seminar/workshop is aimed at all UK water sector stakeholders looking to make a difference in the tackling of some of the sector’s major challenges.  In particular this includes academics, water companies, consultants, contractors, manufacturers and service providers with an interest in one of the following areas:

- Reducing water abstracted for water supply
- Reducing water main leakage in a sustainable way
- Reducing interruptions to water supplies
- Achieving point-of-use compliance with drinking water standards
- Delivering an environmentally sustainable wastewater service
- Reducing uncontrolled discharges from sewers
- Reducing the number of customers in water poverty
- Reducing carbon through efficiency or energy generation
- Turning all wastes into products
- Understanding the true cost of maintaining assets.                      

The first session will include a review of different types of ongoing collaboration initiatives from across the water sector; the initial report from the UKWP LITSoN project and an introduction to the opportunities for further collaborations around the challenges above.

A workshop session will then aim to establish collaborative multi-stakeholder groups to tackle these challenges by identifying the most promising areas for collaboration and innovation (with any technology required being at least at Technology Readiness Level 7 - prototype demonstration).



Registration and Coffee



Peter Drake, Water Industry Forum


Introduction to the day

Jon Rathjen, Scottish Government


Why do we need to collaborate?

Paul Fletcher, Enabling Innovation Partners


Review of ongoing collaboration initiatives:


Catalysed collaboration

Catalysed collaboration

Catalysed collaboration

Government sponsored collaboration

Water company sponsored collaboration

Themed collaboration

Peter Drake, Water Industry Forum

Tom Flood, UK Water Partnership

Jon Rathjen, Scottish Government

Jonathan Abra, KTN/Innovate UK

Chris Jones, Northumbrian Water Group

Caroline Wadsworth, Twenty65, University of Sheffield


Review of the output from the UKWP

Jon Rains, Mott MacDonald


LITSoN project



Opportunities for further collaboration

Tom Flood, UK Water Partnership


around the 10 challenge areas





Workshop session to establish collaborative multi-stakeholder groups to tackle the 10 challenge areas


Break for refreshments


Sharing of workshop output


Next steps


Summing up





Registration:   Please submit the registration form below.

Cost: This event is free to attend subject to the availability of places.


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