Editorial comment: The coronavirus response
Water & Wastewater Treatment content director Alec Peachey reflects on the coronavirus outbreak and how the sector has responded so far.
As the UK and the rest of the world wrestles with the coronavirus outbreak it seems impossible to remember a time when everything was normal.
The UK has moved from the “contain” to the “delay” phase in its fight against the spread of the virus. Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK has been issued by the Government.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the step-up to the delay phase on 12 March as he said the pandemic was the worst public health crisis in a generation and “many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time”.
So what does this mean for the UK’s water sector?
All of the utilities fall under the Civil Contingencies Act and so they will be doing their planning for protection of services and the public behind closed doors with the Cabinet Office.
Water companies have come out and said that they are continually reviewing their business continuity plans in response to the outbreak.
One thing worth remembering at a time like this is the hard working people who dedicate their time and effort to ensure that the vital services we all rely on continue running.
Utilities as well as the supply chains that help sustain their operations will undoubtedly be hit by the virus and this will lead to staffing issues.
With this in mind water companies will of course be taking precautionary steps to protect the health of their workforces. NHS and Government advice will be being followed. As an example, SES Water is screening visitors and employees before they come into the company’s offices to ensure they are following Government advice.
Clearly this is a fast moving and evolving situation, but one thing that can be certain is that the water sector and other utilities will be doing their utmost to ensure that these vital services remain uninterrupted.
You can keep up to date with the latest on how the water sector is responding to the coronavirus outbreak by visiting https://wwtonline.co.uk/tags/coronavirus
- United Utilities starts the countdown to Innovation Lab 3 Businesses and entrepreneurs from around the world will be pitching their ideas to United Utilities, as the water... Read More >
- WWT's latest Keeping Connected webinar delves into collaboration and data for innovation The latest in WWT's Keeping Connected webinar series will look at how novel strategies for collaboration and data... Read More >
- Severn Trent Green Power excels during lockdown Severn Trent Green Power has revealed that it generated enough electricity from food waste during the national lockdown to... Read More >
- Reporting damages: The state of the industry Richard Broome, managing director at LSBUD looks at the consequences of not reporting damages and looks at why regulating... Read More >
- New industry research project to improve water management Carl Wordsworth, head of water sector at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory, discusses a new joint industry project... Read More >
- How tech is helping water companies improve lockdown customer service Bobby Bahia, commercial director for transport & infrastructure at Totalmobile, discusses how technology innovations and... Read More >
- How to achieve improved reliability of service Richard Broome, managing director and founder of LSBUD, talks about why a consistent service is key to customer... Read More >
- Narrowband Internet-of-Things: turning the tide on water leakages Phil Skipper, head of strategy at Vodafone Business IoT, tells us how narrowband Internet of Things is being used to... Read More >