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Speakers announced for Drinking Water conference

Chief scientists, regulators, and drinking water specialists from UK water companies, academics and solution providers will meet in Birmingham on 27th September 2016 to address how the UK water industry will protect the water supply in a complex and ever changing natural environment.

Chief scientists, regulators, and drinking water specialists from UK water companies, academics and solution providers will meet in Birmingham on 27th September 2016 to address how the UK water industry will protect the water supply in a complex and ever changing natural environment.  

A major update on UK policy and regulation from the DWI, as well as important input from the Environment Agency, Ofwat, and the Consumer Council for Water, will provide crucial information regarding the state of the UK water industry as it pertains to drinking water quality and provision for the market.

While it is necessary that the objectives of Article 7 of the Water Framework Directive are met comprehensively by water companies, it is essential that businesses are meeting regulatory compliance in fresh and cost effective ways. For example, how water supplies are monitored, during the emergence of new pharmaceuticals and veterinary medicines in the supply, is a growing problem as private and small water supplies are becoming an area of new research and development.

The first of its kind, the 2016 WWT Drinking Water Quality Conference will ask companies how they are ensuring that raw water is protected, while metaldehyde, algae and other non-organic contaminants continue to be difficult to remove during treatment. The conference is held in association with Northumbrian Water Group, and will consider the most innovative ways in which water can be treated for the benefit of drinking water consumption.

Another major theme for the event is the consumer angle. It is one thing to regulate against contaminants and pollutants, but how do companies consider the appropriate taste, odour and appearance of water for their market? If there is a cryptosporidium outbreak, a boil water notice, or an activist’s tweet, how do companies comfort the consumer to assure them that the water they are drinking is better than that supplied to the rest of the world.

The day will be chaired Dr Richard Allan, head of the expertise for waters at the James Hutton Institute and speakers will include: Marcus Rink, chief inspector at the Drinking Water Inspectorate; John Devall, water director at Northumbrian Water Group; Martin Padley, director of water & scientific services at United Utilities; Neil Dewis, head of water operations at Yorkshire Water; James Jesic, head of research & development at Severn Trent Water; Dr Robin Price, regional quality manager at Anglian Water; Paul Weir, process science manager at Scottish Water, and more.

The conference takes place on September 27th 2016 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole and is sponsored by Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions.

For more information and to book a place at the event, visit http://events.wwtonline.co.uk/drinking

Topic: Drinking water quality
Tags: drinking water

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