Agenda

8 November 2018

8:45 am

Registration, networking and exhibition

9:20 am

Welcome from conference chair

Speaker

9:25 am

Opening address from our conference partner

Speaker

ENHANCING LONG-TERM STRATEGIES FOR DRINKING WATER QUALITY

9:35 am

What you need to know about DWI’s water quality programme

  • Communicating with consumers about planned changes
  • Building resilience in periods of extreme weather
  • What is on the horizon for the drinking water sector?

Speaker

  • Marcus Rink

    Marcus Rink
    Chief inspector - Drinking Water Inspectorate

9:50 am

Planning for water quality in AMP7 and beyond

  • How the regulatory agenda is affecting long-term planning
  • Driving resilience in PR19: a water company perspective
  • Working in partnership with customers, regulators and landowners

Speaker

10:10 am

Enhancing supply resilience and managing water quality – planning for success

  • Long term planning for resilient water supplies means more bulk water transfers within company supply areas and across company boundaries
  • Water Safety Plans underpin water quality management, and they must be central to any planned change in source
  • What good practice looks like

Speaker

  • Hugh Thomas

    Hugh Thomas
    Technical authority for process engineering - Atkins Water

10:25 am

Questions and answers

10:40 am

Panel discussion: driving resilience in drinking water post-Brexit

  • How changes in abstraction laws are affecting water quality
  • Revision of the Drinking Water Directive: long-term impacts

Speakers

  • Dr Michelle Minihan

    Dr Michelle Minihan
    Senior inspector, drinking water team - Environment Protection Agency (Republic of Ireland)

  • Dr Robin Price

    Dr Robin Price
    Head of water quality - Anglian Water

11:00 am

Refreshments, networking & exhibition

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

DRIVING PERFORMANCE THROUGH SKILLS

New skills in the time of hydro informatics
Mirjam Blokker
, Principal scientist, KWR

Lean thinking in NWG: implementing alternative ways of working to get the most out of people and processes
Ken Black, Optimisation manager, Northumbrian Water Group

Panel debate: what will have the most impact on driving the drinking water quality agenda: people or technology?

PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH & BUILDING CONSUMER TRUST

Managing customer-side risk and the importance of building trust
Alan Brown, Scientific support manager, Northumbrian Water Group

Collaborating to ensure public health through source protection
Clair Dunn, Water quality risk and optimisation manager, Anglian Water  

Why the presence of microplastics in consumer products is an issue of increasing concern - and how to detect them
Dr Andrew Mayes, Senior lecturer, School of Chemistry, University of East Anglia

Questions and answers

12:30 pm
Fork buffet lunch, networking & exhibition

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO COMPLEX TREATMENT CHALLENGES

13:30 pm - 14:35 pm

INNOVATION IN ACTION 1

Thinking big in microbiology: using flow cytometry to understand risks, manage processes and enhance real-time monitoring
Helen Pickett
, Technical lead, Severn Trent Water

Advanced oxidation processes for treating metaldehyde
Dr Peter Jarvis, Professor of water science and technology, Cranfield University  

Questions and answers 

INNOVATION IN ACTION 2

Source to tap: managing water quality in distribution networks
Dr Vanessa Speight, Senior research fellow & managing director, TWENTY65, University of Sheffield

Utilising big data: moving towards predictive analysis to drive performance
Athena Zitrou, Analytics team leader, Scottish Water  

Questions and answers

14:35 pm
Refreshments networking & exhibition

FRONT END SOLUTIONS TO ENHANCE DRINKING WATER QUALITY

3:05 pm

Catchment management: a collective effort: case study from the River Thames Basin

  • Tackling diffuse pesticide pollution at the river basin scale with a focus on metaldehyde
  • The challenges of upscaling from small catchments
  • Working in partnership with other water companies, delivery partners, advisory groups, farmers and agronomists

Speaker

3:25 pm

The art of the possible, on the flight path to SMART water networks

  • Bringing all the technologies together is the only way forward
  • Real data delivering real value now.
  • Two case studies from Southern Water
  • The role of supply chain behavioural change to deliver what UK water plc needs

Speaker

3:40 pm

What role do farmers play in enhancing drinking water quality?

  • Getting the right information to farmers
  • Product substitution: threats and opportunities
  • The benefits of a successful partnership between the water and agricultural industries

Speaker

4:00 pm

Catchment Management: Our 2050 Plan

  • Catchments as our “first line of defence”
  • Building our 2050 plan through lessons learnt
  • A resilient and sustainable water service for future generations
  • The Brecon Beacons Mega Catchment: landscape scale catchment management

Speaker

4:20 pm

Catchment management: lessons learnt over the years

  • What can be learnt from the past: how to ensure a successful project
  • Identifying key stakeholders, avoiding assumptions and recognising that one size doesn’t fit all
  • Pitfalls encountered and how to avoid them

Speaker

4:40 pm

Questions and answers

4:55 pm

Close of the WWT Drinking Water Quality Conference