Future Water Association has a vision centred on ‘Shaping the Future of the Water Sector’ – therefore the organisation brings together experts to look at issues facing the sector. Such initiatives will be ‘task and finish’ type groups.
Standards & Regulations Group
Chair: Dr David Smoker, ACO Water Management
Product and system standards are often seen as boring, too technical, stifling innovation and reducing things down to the lowest common denominator. Conforming to standards can be seen as costly.
On the other hand, standards provide a level playing field within an industry, ensuring a level of quality and compatibility between different suppliers. Your compliance with a product standard can offer a powerful marketing message. Standards ensure that your supply chain is supplying products and services that are consistent with your requirements. Good standards, in fact, save money and encourage innovation.
However, it is important to ensure that standards that are being developed do not come as a surprise to you and put you at a competitive disadvantage. Across the water sector, there is a plethora of standards, regulations and industry guidance, covering different products and materials. In addition, we’ll just throw in Brexit and the potential future divergence between Harmonised Standards (CE marking) and UK Designated Standards (UKCA marking). How do you keep up with it all and how can you have an input into standards that may affect your business?
The Future Water Standards and Regulations Group has been set up to
• be the focus of Future Water’s input to water sector standards and regulations of concern;
• be the route for members to participate in standards, representing Future Water;
• work with other organisations and external stakeholders to influence standards and regulations for the benefit of the sector;
• share updates on standards, regulations and industry guidance that affect members;
• develop and mentor members new to standards.
Do you or someone in your organisation want to get involved? Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Dragons Group
Chair: Alastair Moseley, H2O WEM
Future Waters – Water Dragons Group has transformed into the Innovation Hub focused on helping to make space for innovation in the water sector, challenge existing approaches and driving new ways of thinking.
- Delivering the Innovation for the Future Roadmap through training and knowledge transfer.
- Being a Focal point for innovative thinking in the water sector.
- Development and delivery of Water Dragons.
- Driving Skills for the Future through Young Water Dragons.
- Acting as an Enabler of change.
Future Water – Networks November Group
- Presenting future visions for managing water and wastewater systems.
- Sharing knowledge and technology solutions.
- Identifying the benefits of optimal network management, including operations, service to customers, health & sanitation and the environment.
- Showcasing the ideas, technologies and innovative solutions.
- Engaging with other organisations, regulators, professional bodies and water utilities to develop forward thinking on network systems.
- Producing and updating the Future Water sector ‘scorecard’
Future Water – Emerging Talent Group
The core objective is to focus on Future Water’s Emerging Talent award, using it as a platform, to showcase the best new people in the sector, creating space for the new voices/ideas to be heard; further encouraging attraction/retention of talent into the sector. The group has defined its role in the sector and set out a number of actions.
The aim is bring the voice of the Emerging Talent Group and the people new to sector, together to give them a voice and a place to share ideas.
The group has representation from water companies, consultants, contractors and if you new to the sector and want to part of the group and help to create a representative voice.
Future Water Virtual Networks Group
Chair: James Hargrave, Anglian Water
The Virtual Networks Group is a new initiative that has developed out of Future Water Networks 2020.
The challenge being addressed is to create a virtual place where water company network managers and operators, and the supply chain, can share knowledge and/or collaborate on innovations and emerging products and services aimed at specific areas (such as managing leakage, meeting leakage targets, making sewers smarter) for mutual benefit.
As a focus, the group will:
- Allow water companies and supply chain to exchange knowledge freely
- Encourage participation from experienced and younger water professionals
- Encourage a mutual level of trust between users
- Be unbiased and precompetitive
- Provide templates for testing and reporting of innovative and emerging technologies, to allow objective and robust reporting of trials and evaluations
- Compile and report statistics and numbers on emerging technologies and services
- Allow water companies to communicate their future needs and requirements to the supply chain.
- Store, share and access reports/documentation on trials and evaluations of hard and soft technologies
- Allow water companies to collaborate and identify areas/companies who might be best placed to test different technologies (for example smart cities being used to test and evaluate technologies such as NbIOT, Lorawan other comms tech)
- Share data, questions and ideas
Outcomes for the Virtual Networks Group:
- To realise the benefits of new and emerging technologies more quickly, by sharing knowledge, evaluating and bringing them to market more quickly.
- Share best practices for the use new technology
- Identifying “Islands of excellence” that exist around various companies (water companies and the supply chain) and sharing their knowledge.
- Assessing innovations and emerging technologies and services once and sharing that knowledge
- Collaborating on future evaluations
- Promoting industry needs and requirements across the supply chain
Corporate Knowledge Retention Group
An informal group of suppliers, water companies, contractors has been formed to examine how to retain knowledge and experience gathered over a working career. Please see this background whitepaper for more information: Strategies to combat knowledge loss