Future Water Networks 'Shining a light on the possible: exploring the radical!' - 4 & 5 December, 2017


Adapting to the changing future is at the core of managing networks as whole systems. In England & Wales alone there are over 340,000 km of water mains and over 620,000 km of sewer systems. These underground assets are critical to a sustainable future, yet this infrastructure is aging, all too often its underlying condition is unknown, and its ability to manage change uncertain.

From a management viewpoint, Future Networks also connect people, regulators and investors. The challenge in an environment where the climate is changing, along with the demographics and one where urbanisation is a constant, is twofold:

  • How to shine a light on the possible, whilst delivering
  • The art of the now!

Smart dominates current thinking without being properly defined – it is not necessarily the latest gadget, or piece of software – it is about holistic management of systems as systems, learning from other industries and countries, optimising current practices and behaviour, along with more structured and practical data, infrastructure and analytics.

The art of the now is to treat networks as holistic systems not discrete entities, adopt the latest technology where it makes sense and focus on the deliverables:

  • Leakage reduction all the way to zero;
  • Reduce and eliminate sewer flooding;
  • Optimise network performance and operation, improving efficiency, and improving customer satisfaction;
  • Understand asset aging, so maintenance, repair and replacement is just in time, and investment in assets can be made in an adaptive way;
  • Maximise data and technology, using the latest sensors and AI tools.

Future Water Networks 2017 – ‘Shine a light on the possible’ – will discuss the challenges of managing our water and sewer networks, set out the ‘art of the now’ – what is currently feasible, and look to the future. 2017 will also see the launch of a 10 point action plan developed by Future Water Association, with cross sector support. The plan will set out what steps need to be taken to optimise network performance.

Join us on 4th and 5th December 2017, at the Chesford Grange Hotel where speakers from industry, academia, water utilities, water retailers and from across the supply chain will gather to debate the management of our networks. As part of the event there will also be a ‘Technology showcase’ hub, showcasing the latest ideas in water and other industries.

An exhibition area in the Grange Bar will run alongside the event with Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities available at very competitive rates.

Full programme details will be available shortly. 

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