Meet the Supporters of Future Water Networks 2020

British Water is a dynamic trade association with a varied membership of companies covering all sectors of the water and wastewater industry. Our members design, build, operate, maintain and provide critical solutions, technologies and research for water and wastewater assets at home and internationally.

We work to bring a leading and coherent voice on behalf of the industry and ensure our members have access to the information and contacts they need to enhance their business. We do this by representing our members’ interests to key stakeholders, connecting them to contacts to raise their profile and grow their business, and promoting best practice in the water and wastewater industry.

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CABWI is the only nationally recognised Awarding Organisation specialising in the development and award of vocational qualifications for the water industry.

We offer a range of qualifications in clean and waste water, as well as water efficiency.

Our current portfolio includes competence-based and knowledge-based qualifications, designed, in consultation with industry specialists, to meet the needs of those working in the water industry.

We are also the only Ofqual regulated awarding body End Point Assessment Organisation, providing End Point Assessment for the Water Process Technician Apprenticeship Standard.

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CECA represent civil engineering contractors building and maintaining the UK’s critical infrastructure networks in transport, energy, water, waste and communications. We stand up for the interests of over three hundred firms employing close to 250,000 people and delivering work worth around £15 billion every year.

We maintain close relationships with clients, government and the media to ensure the our members’ expertise is shared as widely as possible.

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Energy & Utility Skills provide membership, assurance and skills solutions to help employers attract, develop and retain a sustainable, skilled workforce to ensure the seamless delivery of essential services to 65 million people each day and UK Industry.

Our UK-wide membership is comprised of the major infrastructure companies within water, power, gas and waste management and their top tiers of delivery partners. Our membership brings companies together to collectively identify and address the unique workforce renewal and skills challenges the sector faces, while engaging governments, regulators and other senior stakeholders to help them develop an informed and supportive policy and regulatory environment.

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Global Leakage Summit 2020 is now in its 11th edition and established as a brand leader for water company practitioners to exchange information on topical case studies and learn about best practice technologies for assessing, monitoring and reducing leakage in their networks.


  • Public Interest Commitment (PIC) goals – a keynote presentation from 3 UK water company CEOs to explain the steps to deliver on their commitment to reduce leakage
  • Innovation, collaboration and cooperation. Innovation is not just technology, but innovative concepts and practices – how will the ‘heat-map’ of company research help the industry to achieve zero leakage?
  • Integrating network data to localise leaks in fixed and mobile networks. 2018-19 saw the largest roll out of in-situ acoustic loggers in the UK water industry – how have these have helped to meet leakage targets?
  • Managing global challenges – water scarcity, drought and natural disasters, and now Covid-19. How is the global water industry coping?
  • Managing leakage using machine learning, big data analysis and hydraulic simulation – using ever smarter algorithm technologies to analyse the mass of data coming in from all over the network, and to detect abnormal patterns outside the normal operating range
  • The rise in automation and AI will cause 75 million jobs to be lost by 2022, but 133 million new jobs will be created (WEF 2018). What effect will this have on the water industry workforce? Will the new technologies be in the hands of Gen Z?
  • Smart network infrastructure management – using big data analytics to link pipe replacement to failure rate. How to maintain a desired level of service at a lowest asset life cycle cost?
  • How can smart networks improve performance in other areas to meet Outcome Delivery Incentives (ODIs) as well as reducing leakage and Per Capita Consumption (PCC)?
  • Bringing pipe repair into the digital age. What are the options for minimal disruption or non-intrusive pipe repairs?

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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has been at the heart of the world’s most important and dynamic industries since its formation in 1847. Today, working hard to support our 120,000 members, the Institution is the market leader among professional engineering bodies. It is a go-ahead organisation with global reach that truly represents and reflects the profession: encouraging professional registration and long-term career development.

As a global community of mechanical engineers represented in over 140 countries, the Institution is the largest network of mechanical engineering knowledge, skill and opportunity in the world. With an ever growing membership based outside the UK, we develop and maintain key partnerships with leading multi-national employers to ensure their technical workforces are trained to the highest standard. By equipping engineers with the right skills, knowledge and experience to help them develop, we contribute to strengthening the world’s leading companies.

We are committed to ensuring that the views of engineers are well represented in the public domain. Thanks to its internationally recognised thought leadership around energy, climate change and future transport, the global press trusts the Institution as a source of expert opinion. With a proven track record for understanding the needs of government, our well respected expert knowledge is sought by politicians to shape policy.

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The Institute of Water, founded in 1945, is the only professional body that exclusively supports the careers of anyone working in the UK water industry. We are Inclusive, Non-hierarchical, Supportive, Sociable, Sustainable. Our objectives are to:

  • Engage and inspire individuals
  • Partner with employers on professional development
  • Collaborate with others to gain an external perspective which adds value to our institute

Our members are drawn from water companies, suppliers, contractors, consultants, regulators and academia. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the water sector, from any discipline and at any stage in their career. We also welcome ‘Company Affiliates’ – organisations working in and around the water sector.

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NADC LogoThe National Association of Drainage Contractors (NADC) is the trade body that represents drainage contractors offering a full range of services from CCTV surveying, unblocking, water jetting, excavation and repair through to tankering, vacuuming and sweeping.

The Association has set the recognised standards in training and qualifications for the industry, and will launch DrainSafe the new quality mark, and approved contractor scheme in 2021.

The Association works with a range of stakeholders including Government departments, water companies, professional and trade bodies and industry suppliers and is dedicated to raising and then maintaining high standards across the industry.

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The Pipeline Industries Guild was formed in 1957. Since then, it has evolved to be the only association world-wide to cater directly for the needs of the pipeline industry, regardless of engineering discipline, application, or qualification.

The Guild’s membership comprises those with interests in pipelines world-wide, transporting hydrocarbon products, chemicals, water, wastewater, and many other substances, both on and offshore. All are governed by the industry’s twin need to combine quality with safety, while at the same time meeting all the latest environmental and legislative requirements.

The Guild is the respected authority within all branches of the pipeline industry, and there are few pipeline engineering problems its members cannot solve. Part of its increasing and unique strength is the Guild’s ability to attract members from all sides of the pipeline industry, whether they be concerned with deep-sea pipelines or with the latest developments on land in no-dig and minimal-disturbance pipe and duct-laying technology.

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The Sensors for Water Interest Group (SWIG) is a not for profit, information, ideas-exchange, and networking group with a diverse UK-wide membership. SWIG focuses on the use of sensor and associated technologies for measurement and control in water and wastewater treatment processes and infrastructure, and in natural environments and waters.

Our networking activities include a varied programme of technical workshops covering all aspects of water sensing, which offer a cost-effective means of keeping up-to-date with sensor developments, new technologies and regulations. Invited speakers and enthusiastic audiences are able to debate issues of measurement and control in water and wastewater.

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The Water Network 

The Water Network is the ​largest online ​knowledge ​sharing ​platform and ​business centre ​for global ​water ​professionals ​with members ​from 190 ​countries and a ​strategic ​initiative to ​reach the goal ​of safe water ​and sanitation ​for everyone, ​everywhere. ​

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The United Kingdom Society for Trenchless Technology is a registered charity involved in the development and promotion of Trenchless techniques and is designed for people and companies involved in the installation of new and renewal or replacement of pipes, sewers or cables. It should also be of special interest to government bodies, environmentalists, or anyone with concern over street works or traffic congestion.

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The Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group (WIPAC) is a LinkedIn Group that was setup in May 2011 to promote the best practices and to knowledge share all things surrounding Instrumentation, Process Automation & Process Control in the Water Industry.

This covers a wide range of subjects from the fundamentals of ICA and its development in the Water Industry to more debateable subjects such as:

Big Data versus Small Information and the use of data in the wider industry
The Smart Water Industry and how it can be used to allow the industry to operate more efficiently
Cyber-security and how the Water Industry can ensure its safety in a digital era
Communications and how this is developing in the modern water industry
and many more areas wherever the conversations go

As part of the mission of WIPAC a monthly magazine is produced for the benefit of the group to promote the best applications in the form of case studies and articles as well as highlighting the latest industry news and the direction the industry is moving towards.

WIPAC is to be formed as a company in late 2018 where it will offer a number of different services to primarily the UK Water Industry but also the global water industry as a whole.

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