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UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) was set up by 21 water and sewerage undertakers in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It helps deliver a common research programme for the UK Water Industry. Work is often carried out in collaboration with government departments and regulators including the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) and The Environment Agency (EA).
The research programme is divided into the following topics: drinking water quality and health; toxicology; water resources; climate change; wastewater treatment and sewerage; sewage sludge; water mains and services; sewerage; leakage and metering; customer and regulatory issues.This UKWIR website has research reports, UKWIR news and broader news items relating to the world of water that will be of interest to researchers, academics and trainers.
Institute of water supports the careers of people working in all professions and at all levels across the UK water industry by offering a unique and independent learning, development and networking frameworks.
The Eden Rivers Trust has developed 'off the shelf' educational material for teachers of primary school children. It includes information and resources on river investigation for Key Stages 1 and 2 under the English National Curriculum in England and Wales.
Warwick Wildlife Trust have produced this school presentation to explain about pollution in and around Coventry but it can be adapted for use anywhere.
There is also a lesson plan based on Stoke on Trent that has some elements that are potentially useful for other areas.
Defra, see link above, are the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues. Defra’s stated priorities are to grow the rural economy, improve the environment and safeguard animal and plant health. The National Policy Statement sets out Government's policy for providing major waste water infrastructure.
Defra’s plans for future water management are set out in the white paper, Water for Life , published in 2011.
Defra also support Love Your River which is aiming to encourage local communities to take an interest in their local rivers and streams.
Serious flooding can happen at any time. Climate projections suggest that extreme weather will happen more frequently in the future. This link provides details of the The Flood and Water Management Act which will provide better, more comprehensive management of flood risk for people, homes and businesses. It will also help safeguard community groups from unaffordable rises in surface water drainage charges and protect water supplies to the consumer.
The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is an independent chartered professional body concerned with environmental management systems, resource protection, pollution control, public health, water and sanitation services, flood defence and land drainage. It provides training and professional development opportunities, conferences, events, publications and works with many organisations for a holistic approach to environmental issues.
Ofwat.gov.uk (The Water Services Regulation Authority) is the economic regulator of the water and sewerage sectors in England and Wales. They make sure the companies provide household and business consumers with a good quality service and value for money. Ofwat monitor and compare water company services, scrutinise costs and investment and encourage competition. They work closely with a wide range of other stakeholders such as the Environment Agency, Drinking Water Inspectorate and the Consumer Council for Water.
The Water Guide is a handy site with information about the UK water industry and the companies operating within it – their background, contact details and services. All this is displayed in an easy to read format, all within this one site. There is also the Water Pollution Guide site, where you can find useful information about the sources of water pollution and how they can be treated. Both these guides provide useful background information for academics and trainers.
UK Technical Advisory Group is a partnership of the UK environment and conservation agencies created to provide coordinated advice on the science and technical aspects of the EU Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC). This Directive sets an enormous challenge in meeting the objectives to improve and protect the water environment and is the major driver for the sustainable management of water in the UK. The UK TAG website provides a wealth of resources about all aspects of WFD.
Natural England (NE) is the government’s advisor on the natural environment. It's their role to ensure sustainable stewardship of the land and sea so that people and nature can thrive, adapt and survive intact for future generations to enjoy. Key responsibilities include managing the English green farming scheme, designating National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, managing national nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. the NE website has sections aimed specifically at teachers, students and academics.
The BPEC group of companies specialise in providing operatives working in the building services engineering industry with the skills and expertise to meet the high industry quality standards. They work closely with a nationwide network of employers, colleges and private training providers to enable them to offer a range of quality training materials, assessments and qualifications.
The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership have developed a Planning Advice Note for Integrated Water Management. The advice note provides a 'one stop shop' about water management and demonstrates the benefits of building it into plans and planning decisions. It's comprehensive and essential reading for anyone involved in any aspect of planning bringing together flooding, biodiversity and water at a number of scales - catchment, district and individual building.
The European Centre for River Restoration is a European network whose mission is to enhance and promote river restoration and sustainable river management throughout Europe, to disseminate information on river restoration experiences and approaches and to foster the establishment of national river restoration networks in as many European countries as possible. The Restore website has lots of information about river restoration as well as news and updates.
Useful documents and further reading.
- There is an interesting MORI/Ipsos report into public awareness and attitude about misconnections commissioned in 2009
- This paper describes the approach adopted by Thames Water since 1997 to address diffuse pollution sources by identifying and rectifying domestic and commercial misconnections across the Thames region: A new management approach to the remediation of surface water outfalls to improve water quality.
- This paper reports on a study conducted in North East London to identify gaps in customers’ knowledge with a view to raising awareness of the issues surrounding polluted surface water outfalls: Remediation of polluted surface water outfalls – customer communication and changes in behaviour.
- Chemicals in Environment briefing note was originally produced for a national stakeholder workshop. It sets out the current and potential future problems, solutions and approaches to addressing water quality impacts of chemicals as well as useful information about the chemicals of concern.
- Defra's Tackling pollution from the urban environment sets out the current problem, including what are considered the major sources of urban diffuse water pollution. The document was originally written for a broader consultation, now closed, about a strategy to address diffuse water pollution from the built environment.