3 November 2020

8:40 am

Registration, coffee and innovation showcase

9:20 am

Introduction from conference chair

Speaker

9:30 am

INVESTMENT, FUNDING & COLLABORATION ACROSS IRELAND

9:30 am

Transforming water services NOW

  • Delivering future proofed water services as a single public utility
9:45 am

Delivering the future of water in Northern Ireland

10:00 am

Strategic issues in the Irish Water sector for the new decade

  • Working together to overcome significant challenges in the Irish water sector
  • Dealing with historic underinvestment and the challenge of economic and population growth
  • Responding to climate change, environmental pressures and building resilience into the system

Speaker

  • Feargal Ó Coigligh

    Feargal Ó Coigligh
    Assistant secretary for water - Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government

10:15 am

Live interview: funding infrastructure for the 21st Century

Speakers

  • Laura Brien

    Laura Brien
    Director of water - Commission for Regulation of Utilities

  • Tanya Hedley

    Tanya Hedley
    Director of networks - Utility Regulator

10:40 am

Panel discussion: understanding the value people put on water

  • What value do people put on water?
  • Are customers willing to pay for water?
  • Educating the public on the differences they can make
  • Pushing the environmental agenda in collaboration with money saving techniques
  • Is the current funding model sustainable? What can be done?
  • How has Scotland dealt with similar challenges?

Session speakers to be joined by:

Speakers

  • Tom Harvie-Clark

    Tom Harvie-Clark
    General manager: strategy and economic regulation - Scottish Water

  • Linda MacHugh

    Linda MacHugh
    Director of water & drainage policy division - Department for Infrastructure

11:00 am

Coffee, networking and innovation showcase

11:40 am

CAPITAL DELIVERY & MANAGING GROWTH

11:40 am

How capital projects are being delivered against the backdrop of a funding challenge

  • Has the funding challenge impacted the progress of capital projects?
  • What has been delivered and what does the future hold?
12:00 pm

Trends and best practice in water in Ireland and globally

Speaker

12:15 pm

Managing with the impact of growth on sewerage infrastructure to deliver for customers

12:35 pm

Audience questions and answers

12:45 pm

Introduction to interactive working groups

12:55 pm

Networking lunch and innovation showcase

1:55pm
INTERACTIVE WORKING GROUPS

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

GROUP 1
Challenge: How can we achieve a sustainable economic level of leakage?

Led by:
Jim MacIntyre

Head of leakage operations - South East Water

GROUP 2
Challenge: How can we ensure the current asset base is fully maximised?

 

GROUP 3
Challenge: How can we build resilience through an effective response to climate change?

Led by:
Olga Grant

Assistant principal - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

3:10pm
Coffee, networking and innovation showcase

WATER QUALITY & ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS

3:40 pm

Meeting the requirements of drinking water safety plans

  • Ensuring water quality meets both economic and environmental regulations

Speaker

  • Michelle Minihan

    Michelle Minihan
    Senior inspector, drinking water team - Environment Protection Agency

3:55 pm

Overcoming regulatory compliance challenges

  • Overcoming challenges along the complete water cycle, from water intake to water treatment works
  • Looking at solutions to monitoring and treatment challenges

Speaker

4:10 pm

Delivering on water quality targets through effective catchment management

  • Protecting water resources sustainably through effective catchment management
  • How collaborative working with key partners is effectively safeguarding raw water sources

Speaker

4:25 pm

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4:40 pm

Questions and answers

4:50 pm

Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference