Agenda

2 April 2019

8:40 am

Registration, coffee and innovation showcase

9:20 am

Introduction from conference chair

9:25 am

INVESTMENT, FUNDING & THE FUTURE OF THE IRISH WATER SECTOR

9:25 am

Irish Water at 5: reflecting on past and future challenges

Speaker

9:45 am

Water services in Ireland – strategic policy and investment

  • Sustainable funding
  • Investing in water quality – drinking water and waste water treatment infrastructure
  • Conservation – fixing pipes, tackling leakage and excessive usage
  • Future proofing – planning for economic growth, preparing for climate change, building resilience

Speaker

10:05 am

Representing customers through regulation

  • Regulatory priorities in the next revenue control
  • What lessons can be applied from PR19 and SR21?

Speaker

  • Laura Brien

    Laura Brien
    Director of water - Commission for Regulation of Utilities

10:25 am

Audience poll, questions and panel: assessing the impact of Brexit on the future of the Irish water sector

  • What will the impact of Brexit be on funding for Irish Water?
  • What are the consequences on existing contracts with UK companies?
  • Where are the biggest opportunities for the Irish water sector?

Session speakers to be joined by:

Speaker

10:55 am

Coffee, networking and innovation showcase

11:25 am

CAPITAL DELIVERY & LONG-TERM PLANNING TO BUILD RESILIENCE

11:25 am

Optimising smart solutions to monitor and maintain assets: insight from United Utilities

  • Effectively utilising data to drive more informed decision making
  • Lessons from PR14 and the PR19 business planning period
  • Looking ahead

Speaker

  • Jo Harrison

    Jo Harrison
    Director of asset management - United Utilities

11:45 am

How the Irish Water sector can future proof its infrastructure to respond to extreme weather events

  • Assessing Ireland’s resilience to deal with extreme changes in weather
  • How can infrastructure and modelling be adjusted to respond to severe changes?

Speaker

12:05 pm

National Water Resources Plan overview

  • Providing a sustainable, secure, and reliable water supply
  • Balancing demand for drinking water with supply over the short, medium, and long term
  • Assessing the impact of climate change

Speaker

12:25 pm

Audience poll, questions and answers

12:45 pm

Introduction to working groups

12:55 pm

Networking lunch and innovation showcase

1:55 pm

INTERACTIVE WORKING GROUPS

Attendees will have an opportunity to choose an interactive working group to address a specific challenge together.

GROUP 1:
How can the Irish water sector optimise smart solutions to minimise leakage?

GROUP 2:
How can the Irish water sector encourage customers to conserve water resources?

GROUP 3:
What are the best ways to improve customer engagement in the water sector?

GROUP 4:
What are some of the most efficient ways the Irish Water sector can respond to climate change?

2:55 pm

Coffee, networking and innovation showcase

3:25 pm

DELIVERING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: MAJOR PROJECTS & DRINKING WATER UPDATES

3:25 pm

Driving resilience in drinking water

  • Improving the quality of drinking water
  • Tackling the trihalomethane limit infringement
  • Revision of the Drinking Water Directive

Speaker

3:45 pm

Major project update on the Vantry Water Treatment Plant

  • Supping safe and sustainable drinking water to 200k people in the Greater Dublin region
  • Developing and operating a new 75 million litres/day water treatment plant
  • Successes, challenges and looking ahead

Speaker

4:05 pm

Assessing the benefits of the Programme Management Approach

Speaker

4:25 pm

Promoting sustainable landscapes: applying lessons from Yorkshire Water

  • Working in collaboration with food supply chain partners
  • Positively benefiting soil health and water quality in river catchments
  • Integrating innovation to drive efficiency

Speaker

4:45 pm

Audience poll, questions and answers

5:05 pm

Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference