• 2017 in Review in the UK Water Industry

    2017 in UK water industry
    Posted on by Watershed Issues Team

    This year, we’re bookending the blog with a ‘year in preview’ and this ‘year in review’ post. Here’s a run-down on the biggest events for the UK water industry in 2017.

    Competition Increased in the water industry

    April of this year saw one of the market reforms set out in the Water Act 2014 come into play, as Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water sector in England and Wales, allowed companies in England and Wales to choose their water utility for the first time.

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  • Water issues in peri-urban areas

    Spitalgate Heath Garden Village
    Posted on by Dr Vanessa Speight

    Dr Vanessa Speight, Managing Director of TWENTY65, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, talks about the opportunities and challenges of water management in expanding cities.

    I have been attending the 2017 Peri-Urban Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, this week. Peri-urban is loosely defined as the areas outside of formal cities or urban areas, also sometimes referred to as the outskirts, hinterland, or interface between town and country. Although often considered a problem primarily for developing countries, the issues related to expansion of cities and how their water needs can be met are actually universal.

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  • One Problem, Two Cities

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    Posted on by Piers Clark

    Piers Clark, Chairman of Isle Group, kindly shares an article with Watershed Issues…

    Over the years I have been to enough conferences to know that when an important government minister takes to the podium the audience is in for a fairly dull 20 minutes. No one is going to learn very much, although everyone will be respectful and clap at the end as the minister scuttles from the room with the feeble excuse of having another pressing engagement (while everyone actually knows their hasty departure is to avoid answering difficult questions). Somewhat depressingly, it is a universal truth that the more senior the minister, the less informed they will be, and the faster they will scuttle.

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  • The IWA’s Principles for Water Wise Cities: Developing a Shared Water Vision

    Head and shoulders image of Corinne Trommsdorff from the International Water Association
    Posted on by Corinne Trommsdorff

    The Cities of the Future agenda harnesses the power of the IWA network to co-create solutions, and join efforts to manage a city’s many waters in a sustainable and resilient manner. This approach is endorsed by the IWA Principles for Water Wise Cities’. The Principles document has been put together as an outcome of the action agenda of the 7th World Water Forum in order to spread widely the vision of what sustainable urban water management is, and to prepare discussion at the 8th World Water Forum to focus on how to get this vision implemented. The 8th World Water Forum is due to take place in Brazil in 2018. Corinne Trommsdorff, Programme Manager of Cities of the Future, part of the International Water Association (IWA), explains more…

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  • Vision for the future of the water sector in England and Wales

    Posted on by Watershed Issues Team

    In this video Cathyrn Ross, chief executive of Ofwat, explores how its Water 2020 vision for the water sector in England and Wales will provide benefits for customers, investors, water supply companies and the environment. It explores the idea of water trading and promoting new markets for sludge and water resources.

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  • Is This The Future of the Urban Environment?

    An innovative drainage grating from BCU product design students
    Posted on by Watershed Issues Team

    How can the access cover or drainage grating contribute more than its core functionality to the urban or infrastructure environment?

    Following a collaboration between Birmingham City University and Saint-Gobain PAM, we ask Ziqiao Wang from the university’s Product Design Masters degree about his winning design, and the thought process behind it.

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  • Inform, Innovate, Influence

    Paul Horton from the Future Water Association
    Posted on by Paul Horton

    Paul Horton, Chief Executive Officer of Future Water Association, explores what the water industry can learn from the corporate world.

    As corporate water stewardship moves ever higher up the agenda and new initiatives such as water scoring

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  • The Potential of Open Innovation

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    Posted on by Steve Whipp

    Steve Whipp – Water Innovation Consultant – UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR)

    Following on from our article that detailed the project earlier in the year, Steve Whipp, Water Innovation Consultant for UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) shares the results of the experimental crowdsourced innovation platform. So – can open innovation help the UK Water Industry…?

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  • UKWIR on the potential of open innovation

    UK Water Industry Research logo
    Posted on by Steve Whipp

    Steve Whipp – Water Innovation Consultant – UK Water Industry Research

    As part of its industry-wide research programme undertaken on behalf of the subscribing UK water companies, UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) has been carrying out a project exploring the potential of open innovation.

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