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SMi Group release new interview with Innovation Manager of Sutton and East Surrey Water, Jeremy Heath, ahead of his talk at the 6th Annual Smart Water Systems this April. London, United Kingdom, February 15, 2017 --( At the conference, Jeremy will discuss the smart network developments by giving an update on data collection, processing, display and mobilisation. With over 20 years of experience in the Water Industry, and a background in both mechanical engineering and database applications, Jeremy is responsible for the management of innovation within SESW. This involves both the development of an innovation culture and the introduction of new technologies into the Water Industry, in particular the Smart Water Network. This innovative network will be built on enhanced sensors, a communication layer, intelligent processing, intuitive graphical displays and workforce mobilisation. In the run up to the conference, SMi spoke to Jeremy about his work and data communications. How would you define the smart water industry from your view? "We’re still finding our way a bit. The technologies involved are really new and stitching them all together into a workable solution is a real task. It takes a challenging combination of IT, communication systems, network knowledge, data analysis and presentation solutions, and many of these are at the cutting/bleeding edge. However, there is real enthusiasm for a working solution and we are seeing some really great trials." How does Sutton & East Surrey Water prevent DRIP? "A lot of it is about data ownership. Ensure that staff make good use of the data and feel a sense of responsibility for making sure it is correct. The other key point is to process and disseminate the data as near to real time as possible. When data is trustworthy, accurate and timely, it is an invaluable tool." What improvements does the smart water industry need? "Discussions with our customers to develop the most effective use cases for the smart networks. There is a danger that we carry out this work simply because the opportunity is there, but these networks must drive both increased network knowledge and customer satisfaction." The full interview is available to read in the event download centre at http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom. Notable presenters at the conference include: Thames Water, Scottish Government, WaterSmart Software, United Utilities, Veolia, Northumbrian Water, Severn Trent, Southern Water, Energy Saving Trust, Irish Water, University of Exeter. Latest registered attendees for the event include: Anglian Water, Jersey Water, Thames Water, Bristol Water, South East Water, South Staffs Water, Scottish Water, Oxera, Kamstrup, Wheatley Associates Ltd, VCS Denmark, De Watergroep, RWE and Sensus UK Systems Ltd. For an example of who you could meet, please download the past attendee list from our website. For those looking to attend, there is a £100 early bird saving available online ending on 28th February 2017. SMi’s 6th annual conference: Smart Water Systems 24th - 25th April 2017 Copthorne Tara Hotel, London UK http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom Contact Information: Media: contact Theresa Chung on +44 (0)20 7827 6068 or email tchung@smi-online.co.uk Delegate Registration: contact Andrew Gibbons on Tel: +44 (0)20 7827 6156 / Email: agibbons@smi-online.co.uk About SMi Group Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk London, United Kingdom, February 15, 2017 --( PR.com )-- SMi Group have released an interview with Jeremy Heath, Innovation Manager at Sutton and East Surrey Water, ahead of his talk at the 6th annual Smart Water Systems conference in London on 24 and 25th April 2017.At the conference, Jeremy will discuss the smart network developments by giving an update on data collection, processing, display and mobilisation.With over 20 years of experience in the Water Industry, and a background in both mechanical engineering and database applications, Jeremy is responsible for the management of innovation within SESW. This involves both the development of an innovation culture and the introduction of new technologies into the Water Industry, in particular the Smart Water Network. This innovative network will be built on enhanced sensors, a communication layer, intelligent processing, intuitive graphical displays and workforce mobilisation.In the run up to the conference, SMi spoke to Jeremy about his work and data communications.How would you define the smart water industry from your view?"We’re still finding our way a bit. The technologies involved are really new and stitching them all together into a workable solution is a real task. It takes a challenging combination of IT, communication systems, network knowledge, data analysis and presentation solutions, and many of these are at the cutting/bleeding edge. However, there is real enthusiasm for a working solution and we are seeing some really great trials."How does Sutton & East Surrey Water prevent DRIP?"A lot of it is about data ownership. Ensure that staff make good use of the data and feel a sense of responsibility for making sure it is correct. The other key point is to process and disseminate the data as near to real time as possible. When data is trustworthy, accurate and timely, it is an invaluable tool."What improvements does the smart water industry need?"Discussions with our customers to develop the most effective use cases for the smart networks. There is a danger that we carry out this work simply because the opportunity is there, but these networks must drive both increased network knowledge and customer satisfaction."The full interview is available to read in the event download centre at http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom.Notable presenters at the conference include: Thames Water, Scottish Government, WaterSmart Software, United Utilities, Veolia, Northumbrian Water, Severn Trent, Southern Water, Energy Saving Trust, Irish Water, University of Exeter.Latest registered attendees for the event include: Anglian Water, Jersey Water, Thames Water, Bristol Water, South East Water, South Staffs Water, Scottish Water, Oxera, Kamstrup, Wheatley Associates Ltd, VCS Denmark, De Watergroep, RWE and Sensus UK Systems Ltd. For an example of who you could meet, please download the past attendee list from our website.For those looking to attend, there is a £100 early bird saving available online ending on 28th February 2017.SMi’s 6th annual conference:Smart Water Systems24th - 25th April 2017Copthorne Tara Hotel, London UKhttp://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcomContact Information:Media: contact Theresa Chung on +44 (0)20 7827 6068 or email tchung@smi-online.co.ukDelegate Registration: contact Andrew Gibbons on Tel: +44 (0)20 7827 6156 / Email: agibbons@smi-online.co.ukAbout SMi GroupEstablished since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SMi Group


Company awarded for driving improvements in Anglian Water’s customer relations via its innovative communications software solution London, January 4th, 2017 - Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest, most advanced networks and global cloud services platforms, has been awarded for its contribution to Anglian Water’s Service Incentive Mechanism (SIM) programme in this year’s Anglian Water Supplier Awards. The SIM, set by industry regulator Ofwat, measures the quality of service provided by companies to their household customers, awarding a score out of 100. Interoute accepted the award for its Web Callback and CLI Lookup solutions at a ceremony in Newmarket on the 1st December. The company’s innovative approach helped Anglian Water to provide a smooth customer communication service, with transparent call-back requests and improved customer identification for Anglian Water staff. The Web Callback solution enables customers to request a call-back from Anglian Water’s website to discuss an issue, and receive an indication of when the call will be made. The alert service allows staff to serve urgent requests faster, and improves transparency for customers. In tandem with this, the CLI Lookup solution has transformed employees’ ability to recognise callers by matching incoming telephone numbers to their active account number. Staff can implement intelligent queueing, addressing the most urgent requests first - for example, in areas where there is a known operational issue, such as a water outage. Immediate positive feedback was received from customers, with 100% of customers surveyed by Anglian Water about the new Web Callback service scoring it the highest mark of 5 for “Very Satisfied”. Andrew Bacon, Customer Service Manager at Anglian Water, said: “Delivering excellent customer service is at the heart of what we do and Interoute really delivered for us. Along with their partner QueueLogic they took a truly collaborative approach; understood what we wanted and why, and gave us solutions in a very challenging timescale that our customers really appreciate. A well-deserved award.” Philip Grannum, EVP for UK sales at Interoute, said: “Interoute worked with Anglian Water to come up with solutions that would achieve a direct and visible impact on the quality of service delivered to households across the East of England. Our delivery of these two new initiatives was done collaboratively and to an aggressive timescale, paying close attention to Anglian Water’s transformation needs. We are delighted to have been recognised in this way and look forward to future projects with Anglian Water.” Forward-Looking Statements This communication contains certain forward-looking statements. 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The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this communication speak only as at its date and are subject to change without notice. Interoute does not undertake any obligation to review, update, confirm or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that arise in relation to the content of this communication. About Interoute Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 15 data centres, 17 virtual data centres and 33 colocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises and many of the world’s leading service providers, as well as governments and universities. Interoute’s Unified ICT strategy provides solutions for enterprises seeking connectivity and a scalable, secure advanced platform on which they can build their voice, video, computing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout Europe and USA, Interoute also owns and operates 24 connected city networks within Europe's major business centres.


News Article | November 1, 2016
Site: www.theguardian.com

The water regulator has proposed fining South West Water £1.7m for missing performance targets after a series of serious incidents of sewage going into the sea. South West operates water and sewerage systems in Cornwall, Devon and parts of Dorset and Somerset. Ofwat said the company allowed sewage into the sea seven times in the year to April 2016 and that all the incidents were serious. Ofwat said it would consider delaying the penalty until a price review in 2019 to let South West offset the fine against rewards that will be due from beating other targets. It will charge the company, owned by Pennon Group, interest and for inflation. The regulator announced the proposed penalty as it published draft decisions on two other water companies’ service to customers. Severn Trent qualified for a potential £18.8m reward for beating its commitments on pollution incidents and other measures – saving 10m litres a day. Anglian Water saved 3m litres a day by having fewer leaks than it had promised and is in line for a reward of £500,000. David Black, a senior director at Ofwat, said: “All water companies have to consult with their customers on setting stretching performance commitments. Then we use outcome delivery incentives to focus companies’ minds on delivering what customers want. This is especially important when there is no competitive pressure on companies.”


News Article | December 7, 2016
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The Hidden Value of Data and Information for Smart Water Systems SMi Reports: Utility experts to provide insight into the hidden value of Data and Information at Smart Water Systems 2017. London, United Kingdom, December 07, 2016 --( Smart Water Systems will cover topics on data ranging from using data efficiently, consumer behaviour based on data collected, data governance and strategy and much more. Key presentations focusing on data include: • From Data to Water 4.0 – Simple beginnings – Anglian Water • Smart Network Developments - Sutton & East Surrey Water plc • Data Governance and Strategy - Dwr Cymru Welsh Water • Real Time Water Demand Forecast with Big Data - Aguas de Alicante • Information and its Role in the High Performing Culture - Northumbrian Water Highlights in 2017: • The water industry after the Smart Meter Roll Outs – learn about the most recent developments and challenges water utilities are facing. • The Scottish concept of a Hydro Nation – improving water economy by addressing the value of water resources. • International data insight – an experience report on Real-Time Demand forecast and Big Data challenges • Customer-focused engagement programmes to improve satisfaction – how these developments are changing customer service Other notable presenters include: Thames Water, Scottish Government, WaterSmart Software, United Utilities, Veolia, Northumbrian Water, Severn Trent, Southern Water, Energy Saving Trust, Irish Water, University of Exeter. For those looking to attend, there is a £400 early bird saving available online ending on 16th December 2016. Further information is available at http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom 6th Annual Smart Water Systems 24th – 25th April 2017 Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom Sponsors and Delegates Registration: Contact Andrew Gibbons on +44(0) 207 827 6156, agibbons@smi-online.co.uk Media: Contact Theresa Chung on tchung@smi-online.co.uk About SMi Group: Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the worlds most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk London, United Kingdom, December 07, 2016 --( PR.com )-- With the smart meter roll out happening gradually over the UK and Europe in the last few years, larger emphasis has been placed on the data and information collected. Following this, SMi's forthcoming Smart Water Systems conference will feature an exclusive spotlight on the role of data and information when it returns to London on 24th & 25th April 2017 for its 6th annual show.Smart Water Systems will cover topics on data ranging from using data efficiently, consumer behaviour based on data collected, data governance and strategy and much more.Key presentations focusing on data include:• From Data to Water 4.0 – Simple beginnings – Anglian Water• Smart Network Developments - Sutton & East Surrey Water plc• Data Governance and Strategy - Dwr Cymru Welsh Water• Real Time Water Demand Forecast with Big Data - Aguas de Alicante• Information and its Role in the High Performing Culture - Northumbrian WaterHighlights in 2017:• The water industry after the Smart Meter Roll Outs – learn about the most recent developments and challenges water utilities are facing.• The Scottish concept of a Hydro Nation – improving water economy by addressing the value of water resources.• International data insight – an experience report on Real-Time Demand forecast and Big Data challenges• Customer-focused engagement programmes to improve satisfaction – how these developments are changing customer serviceOther notable presenters include: Thames Water, Scottish Government, WaterSmart Software, United Utilities, Veolia, Northumbrian Water, Severn Trent, Southern Water, Energy Saving Trust, Irish Water, University of Exeter.For those looking to attend, there is a £400 early bird saving available online ending on 16th December 2016.Further information is available at http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom6th Annual Smart Water Systems24th – 25th April 2017Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UKhttp://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcomSponsors and Delegates Registration: Contact Andrew Gibbons on +44(0) 207 827 6156, agibbons@smi-online.co.ukMedia: Contact Theresa Chung on tchung@smi-online.co.ukAbout SMi Group:Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the worlds most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SMi Group


Lumbroso D.M.,HR Wallingford | Twigger-Ross C.,Collingwood Environmental Planning | Raffensperger J.,JFR Decision Research Ltd. | Harou J.J.,University of Manchester | And 3 more authors.
Water Resources Management | Year: 2014

It is widely recognised that the current abstraction licensing system in England needs to be reformed to meet the challenges of future environmental flow requirements, likely increases in water demands and climate change. The UK Government has committed to the reform of the abstraction regime in England and work is underway, including the Welsh Government, to assess the impacts of different reform options, working closely with stakeholders. International experience reveals that the complexity of water management at a national level lends itself to common principles but ultimately that local solutions are required at a catchment-level to manage such challenges. Historically the number of abstraction licences traded in England is negligible. In the future the trading of abstraction licences and derivative water rights, for example water quotas, could play a key role in improving water use efficiency. This paper describes research that was carried out to add to this evidence base in the Upper Ouse and Bedford Ouse catchment in East Anglia with a number of stakeholders to document their response to two innovative water trading systems which have been termed "improved pair-wise" trading and the "common pool" approach. Improved pair-wise trading would allow for a hierarchy of types of short-term abstraction licence trades. Some trades between specific points in a catchment might be pre-approved if the risks to the environment were deemed acceptable. The common pool approach is based on the trading of water quotas, using "smart market" methods, which enable economic optimisation of market outcomes based on abstractors' bids subject to realistic hydrological constraints. This method would allow all abstractors to bid into a common pool on a weekly basis to obtain their water. Both methods were demonstrated via two workshops to investigate the barriers and facilitators to water trading in practice. Participants were cautiously interested in the benefits offered by both methods, especially the ability to trade water at short notice. However, for these trading methods to play a key role in the reform of abstraction licensing the abstractors must have sufficient confidence that the underlying methods are sufficiently equitable, reliable and accurate. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.


News Article | November 24, 2016
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Leading Water Utilities Will Meet in London at Smart Water Systems 2017 SMi Reports: SMi’s 6th annual Smart Water Systems will take place in London in March 2017. Registration now opened. London, United Kingdom, November 24, 2016 --( The water industry is constantly changing with new innovation in water treatment, metering systems, data usage, data-management, water management, smart technologies and new regulatory issues. Following this, the Smart Water Systems 2017 conference is platform for utilities companies and industry experts to exchange knowledge and address these new issues, to inform about progress and reports, and to find solutions to common problems. Smart Water Systems 2017 will bring together industry professionals working in water treatment, water cycle optimisation, customer engagement programmes and data and information management. For further information on the conference please go to http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom With huge interest from leaders in the field including Thames Water, Energy Saving Trust, Scottish Government and other senior industry representatives, Smart Water Systems 2017's agenda is shaping up to be the best programme to date. The Confirmed Speaker Panel for 2017 includes: • Ali Fanshawe, Metering Strategy Manager, Thames Water • Andy Smith, Regional Optimisation Manager, Anglian Water • Jon Rathjen, Group Leader Water Industry Division, Scottish Government • Ben Earl, Water Efficiency Manager, Southern Water • Ken Black, Optimisation Manager, Northumbrian Water • Antonio Sanchez Zaplana, Engineer Manager, Aguas de Alicante • Mike Bishop, Head of Operational Control and Development, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and many more Benefits of attending: • Gather first hand insight into the challenges facing water utilities after the smart meter roll out, as well as the lessons learned • Learn the hidden value of information that can be extracted from smart meters and what to do with this new data • Discover new technologies and networks that could change the future of the smart water industry • Find out the best solutions to customer related issues such as customer engagement and customer-focused approaches • Develop an improved water economy by hearing about water challenges and how to maximize your resources The event agenda also includes two post conference workshops, taking place on 26th April 2017: • Workshop A: Customer and Stakeholder Engagement in digital Age: How can new technologies and their application transform your key relationships. Hosted by: Chris Wallace, Director and Founder, WallaceTransform • Workshop B: The fundamentals of Data & Information in the Smart Water Industry. Hosted by: Oliver Grievson, Group Manager, Water Industry Process Automation and Control Group Visit http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom to view the complete list of speakers, the two-day event schedule, and information on our workshops, delegates, sponsors and supporters. Registration for the event is now opened. Places are very limited so register now to secure your place and save £400. 6th Annual Smart Water Systems 24th – 25th April 2017 Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom Sponsors and Delegates Registration: Contact Andrew Gibbons on +44(0) 207 827 6156, agibbons@smi-online.co.uk Media: Contact Theresa Chung on tchung@smi-online.co.uk About SMi Group: Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the worlds most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk London, United Kingdom, November 24, 2016 --( PR.com )-- SMi Group is delighted to announce that the 6th annual Smart Water Systems conference will return to London on 24th -25th April, 2017.The water industry is constantly changing with new innovation in water treatment, metering systems, data usage, data-management, water management, smart technologies and new regulatory issues. Following this, the Smart Water Systems 2017 conference is platform for utilities companies and industry experts to exchange knowledge and address these new issues, to inform about progress and reports, and to find solutions to common problems.Smart Water Systems 2017 will bring together industry professionals working in water treatment, water cycle optimisation, customer engagement programmes and data and information management.For further information on the conference please go to http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcomWith huge interest from leaders in the field including Thames Water, Energy Saving Trust, Scottish Government and other senior industry representatives, Smart Water Systems 2017's agenda is shaping up to be the best programme to date.The Confirmed Speaker Panel for 2017 includes:• Ali Fanshawe, Metering Strategy Manager, Thames Water• Andy Smith, Regional Optimisation Manager, Anglian Water• Jon Rathjen, Group Leader Water Industry Division, Scottish Government• Ben Earl, Water Efficiency Manager, Southern Water• Ken Black, Optimisation Manager, Northumbrian Water• Antonio Sanchez Zaplana, Engineer Manager, Aguas de Alicante• Mike Bishop, Head of Operational Control and Development, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and many moreBenefits of attending:• Gather first hand insight into the challenges facing water utilities after the smart meter roll out, as well as the lessons learned• Learn the hidden value of information that can be extracted from smart meters and what to do with this new data• Discover new technologies and networks that could change the future of the smart water industry• Find out the best solutions to customer related issues such as customer engagement and customer-focused approaches• Develop an improved water economy by hearing about water challenges and how to maximize your resourcesThe event agenda also includes two post conference workshops, taking place on 26th April 2017:• Workshop A: Customer and Stakeholder Engagement in digital Age: How can new technologies and their application transform your key relationships. Hosted by: Chris Wallace, Director and Founder, WallaceTransform• Workshop B: The fundamentals of Data & Information in the Smart Water Industry. Hosted by: Oliver Grievson, Group Manager, Water Industry Process Automation and Control GroupVisit http://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcom to view the complete list of speakers, the two-day event schedule, and information on our workshops, delegates, sponsors and supporters.Registration for the event is now opened. Places are very limited so register now to secure your place and save £400.6th Annual Smart Water Systems24th – 25th April 2017Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UKhttp://www.smart-water-systems.com/prcomSponsors and Delegates Registration: Contact Andrew Gibbons on +44(0) 207 827 6156, agibbons@smi-online.co.ukMedia: Contact Theresa Chung on tchung@smi-online.co.ukAbout SMi Group:Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the worlds most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SMi Group


PubMed | Cranfield University, Anglian Water, University of Leicester and Severn Trent Water
Type: | Journal: The Science of the total environment | Year: 2016

This paper describes the development and application of IMPT (Integrated Model for Pesticide Transport), a parameter-efficient tool for predicting diffuse-source pesticide concentrations in surface waters used for drinking water supply. The model was applied to a small UK headwater catchment with high frequency (8h) pesticide monitoring data and to five larger catchments (479-1653km(2)) with sampling approximately every 14days. Model performance was good for predictions of both flow (Nash Sutcliffe Efficiency generally >0.59 and PBIAS <10%) and pesticide concentrations, although low sampling frequency in the larger catchments is likely to mask the true episodic nature of exposure. The computational efficiency of the model, along with the fact that most of its parameters can be derived from existing national soil property data mean that it can be used to rapidly predict pesticide exposure in multiple surface water resources to support operational and strategic risk assessments.


Tam M.,Anglian Water | Humphrey M.,Anglian Water
Dams: Engineering in a Social and Environmental Context - Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the British Dam Society | Year: 2012

The immediate and fast drawdown of a reservoir is often one of the initial steps to be taken in an emergency. This paper covers three main aspects of a project to improve emergency response at five reservoirs: drawdown criteria, optioneering and implementation. There are currently no consistent guidelines or standards as to an acceptable rate of drawdown, although various technical papers have proposed different criteria. In 2005 Anglian Water commissioned consultant Black & Veatch, together with Anglian Water's Reservoir Supervising Engineers, to assess drawdown rates for sixteen reservoirs. Rates proposed were such that it should be possible to reduce the volume of water in the reservoir by: • 50% in 10 days for impounding reservoirs, assuming zero inflow. • 50% in 20 days for pumped storage reservoirs and reservoirs that are large compared with their catchment. It was found that five of the reservoirs did not meet these criteria. The requirement to improve drawdown was subsequently requested by the Inspecting Engineer at four reservoirs and the requirement to improve the rate of drawdown was made a matter of safety under the Reservoirs Act. A further study carried out by the Anglian Water @one Alliance took place to investigate options and costs. The options included: • Modifying or providing additional scour and draw off facilities • Using backflow through the inlet pipework • Installing a penstock or valve through spillweir • Temporary measures Options were selected for all five reservoirs and implementation is now complete at two reservoirs and planned at the other three reservoirs.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: NERC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 546.76K | Year: 2015

Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are found in many consumer products including cosmetics and personal hygiene goods. Nanomaterials are also found in additives for diesel fuels to improve fuel efficiency. These materials will come into contact with the environment, for example, if they are washed down the sink, or if they become airbourne, however we currently have no idea about whether they are hazardous or not and regulations are not in place to control their release or treatment. The life cycle of ENMs in the environment is not known and there exist large knowledge gaps in this field. The reason for this is that the concentrations and properties of ENMs in consumer products are largely unknown (or not indicated by companies). Very little is known about the behaviour or lifetime of ENMs in the water effluent and soils as its extremely hard to monitor this behaviour, as we do not have the tools to detect these tiny materials in very complex environments. This project will apply new and sophisticated experimental characterization tools for predicting potential environmental risks associated with the use of selected consumer products incorporating ZnO, Ag, TiO2 and CeO2 ENMs. An overarching goal is to evaluate which are the critical charateristics of ENMs (size, chemistry etc.) which may cause damage to the environment through two of the most predominant environmental pathways - from the effluent of a waste water treatment plant to waters and also from sewage sludge to soils. This information will ultimately to provide guidance to regulators on policy and to industry about how to design safe classes of ENMs and mitigate against risk, while avoiding overregulation. Avoiding overregulation is vital, as we do not want to re-experience what happened e.g. at Fukushima, where 160,000 people were forced to relocated without need, since the risk presented to regulators and the government was too high. This has since resulted in 1,599 deaths, as the displaced residents are suffering from health problems, alcoholism and high rates of suicide. Our team has an extensive track record in developing unique techniques to track these nanomaterials in complex environments and will apply their knowledge of this field to tackle this extremely pertinent concern. The projects experimental approaches include both physical science experiments and toxicological approaches, generating results to improve our limited understanding of the potential environmental hazards. The results generated from the project will also contribute to our very limited knowledge on various aspects of the fate, transport, bioavailability, and ecotoxicity of ENMs and will allow us to answer questions such as can toxic doses of ENMs reach organisms or are these concentrations negligible at the point of exposure to the organism?, if they are toxic, is it possible to re-engineer ENMs such that they do not present a risk, do the nanomaterials dissolve or change their chemistry in the environment and ultimately detoxify and how does this vary between the different nanomaterials?, which nanomaterials present the greatest risk and how do we minimise the environmental and health risks of these hazardous materials without overly precautionary regulations. This multifaceted strategy will make a major development in understanding the fate of ENMs in the environment to guide policy regulation whilst avoiding unnecessary overregulation, and ultimately guide the safe development of these materials for future commercial exploitation.

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