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).

Draft Agenda:


Registration and Coffee


Welcome & introduction to the day


Review of some ongoing collaboration initiatives:

-         Catalysed collaboration

-         Government sponsored collaboration

-         Water company sponsored collaboration

-         Themed collaboration

-         Regional collaboration


Review of the output from the UKWP LITSoN project


Opportunities for further collaboration 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



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

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