Ahead of our WWT Water Security in a Changing Environment 2020 we asked Alice Elder, Water quality strategy manager at Affinity Water the below questions, see what she had to say...

Q. You are speaking at the WWT Water Security in a Changing Environment 2020 Conference, what can the audience expect to learn from your contribution?
I will be talking about a key strategic project that Affinity Water is undertaking currently, that underpins our WRMP for the next 40 years. I will give an overview of the project background and then focus on a technical update on the project.

Q. How is the industry responding to the climate crisis? What more needs to be done?
I think we currently respond to the climate crisis when driven by either regulators or need, rather than taking a holistic and proactive approach. I think we need to move into a space where we make positive investment decisions and operational changes that are driven by taking climate benefits into account in our Risk and Value evaluations.

Q. Which industry developments in the environmental space are you most excited about at the moment?
We are looking at implementing more online monitoring in our river catchments to gain a number of benefits: increased understand of the duration and transient nature of some of the WQ changes in our rivers, potential to optimise treatment and network operations in response to early warnings, understanding of long term trends in terms of how the climate is affecting river health and WQ risk, and better visibility of when and where in the river WQ changes to be able to link it to potential pollution events.

Q. What are you most looking forward to hearing about at the event?
Updates on the water resources planning work done across the various UK regions and how these are being linked together.