3 November 2021

8:45 am

Registration, networking and exhibition

9:30 am

Welcome from conference chair

Speaker

  • Chair: Peter Jarvis

    Chair: Peter Jarvis
    Professor of water science and technology - Cranfield Water Science Institute

9:35 am

THE REGULATORY LANDSCAPE AHEAD OF PR24 & COLLABORATIVE OPPORTUNITIES

9:35 am

Drinking water quality in a collaborative strategy

  • How the DWI are working collaboratively with other regulators and stakeholders
  • Preparing for PR24

Speaker

  • Marcus Rink

    Marcus Rink
    Chief inspector - Drinking Water Inspectorate

9:50 am

Drinking water and the regulatory landscape ahead of PR24

  • Challenges and priorities around water quality
  • How the UK water industry has adapted

Speaker

10:05 am

Building a resilient water quality strategy for the future

  • How have strategies changed post-pandemic?
  • Managing changing supply and demand requirements
  • Is it time for a national grid to ensure water quality into the future?

Speaker

  • Neil Dewis

    Neil Dewis
    Director of water service delivery - Yorkshire Water

10:20 am

Panel debate and questions: drinking water regulation and innovation: a collaborative view

  • Does current regulation support water quality innovation?
  • The consumer’s perspective on water quality

Speakers

  • Mike Kiel

    Mike Kiel
    Director of policy, research and campaigns - CCW

  • Marcus Rink

    Marcus Rink
    Chief inspector - Drinking Water Inspectorate

  • David Hinton

    David Hinton
    CEO - South East Water

  • Neil Dewis

    Neil Dewis
    Director of water service delivery - Yorkshire Water

11:00 am

Refreshments, networking and exhibition

11:30 am

DRINKING WATER & PUBLIC HEALTH: RISK & RESILIENCE

11:30 am

The impact of plumbing on risk and resilience

  • Applying a risk-based approach
  • Vulnerability assessments and resilience plans

Speaker

11:40 am

The PHE perspective – old and new issues

  • Public health and lead
  • Understanding and tackling PFAS

Speaker

11:50 am

The latest policy and ambitions around lead

  • Strategy for lead-free drinking water by 2050
  • Lead as a driver for PR24

Speaker

12:00 pm

Identifying and removing lead from schools, nurseries and rural communities

  • Case study: lead pipe removal trial in Tighnabruaich
  • Future challenges and opportunities around lead

Speaker

12:10 pm

Questions and panel discussion: the intricacies of tackling lead

  • Driving societal change
  • How do we raise lead as a public health issue?
  • Tackling lead to help the economy

Speakers

12:45 pm

Fork buffet lunch, networking and exhibition

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Breakout sessions

Choose to attend either group 1 or group 2

GROUP 1 – CHEMICALS & EMERGING CONTAMINANTS

  • Tackling chemical contamination at source: a role for passive samplers?
  • Case study: Southern Water and Portsmouth University: the latest research and benefits for the industry

Mark Kerwick, Water quality and public health policy manager, Southern Water
Gary Fones, Professor of environmental aquatic chemistry, Portsmouth University
Adam Taylor, PhD research student, Portsmouth University
Graham Mills, Professor of environmental analytical chemistry, Portsmouth University

GROUP 2 – CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT

  • The latest catchment management strategies and innovation
  • The impact of ELMs on water quality
  • Opportunities around incentives
  • Brecon Beacons Mega-Catchment initiative

David Ashford, Brecon Beacons mega-catchment programme manager, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water 
Joanna Clint, Catchment projects manager, Thames Water

3:00 pm
Refreshments networking and exhibition

WATER QUALITY INNOVATION & SUSTAINABILITY

3:30 pm

Real-time quality monitoring: innovation in sensing

  • Designing innovative technology
  • The role of good data
  • Customer benefits

Speaker

3:45 pm

Peat restoration through partnerships to improve water quality and reduce carbon emissions

  • The link between peatland condition and drinking water catchments
  • The water and wildlife gains of peat restoration

Speaker

  • Jared Stewart

    Jared Stewart
    Technical leader – catchment management - Scottish Water

4:00 pm

Drinking water quality and the green agenda

  • Improving water quality, tackling climate change and protecting the environment
  • Targeting nature-based solutions for water treatment
  • Working towards carbon neutrality and PCC targets

Speaker

4:15 pm

The role of drinking water systems in achieving net zero

  • Water recycling opportunities
  • Net zero ambitions for the industry

Speaker

  • David Riley

    David Riley
    Head of carbon neutrality - Anglian Water

4:30 pm

Questions and answers

4:45 pm

Closing remarks from conference chair

Speaker

  • Chair: Peter Jarvis

    Chair: Peter Jarvis
    Professor of water science and technology - Cranfield Water Science Institute

4:50 pm

Close of the WWT Drinking Water Quality Conference 2021