WATEF Network Newsletter: March 2018

Aveiro, Portugal by Frank Miller @ flickr.com (reproduced under Creative Commons license)


Sign up now for the 2018 Water Efficiency Conference in Portugal

Early bird registration has been extended to 9 April 2018, but you only have two weeks left to register and save 10% on the full rate.  WATEF members receive a discount of £60 from the full price.

The abstract deadline has passed but full papers can be submitted until 9 April 2018 here.
Thank you to all those who have made submissions so far, but if you haven't already submitted a paper please make sure you get yours in soon.


March Blog: Cape Town's Water Crisis  

Read the latest post from Cath Hassell on how the current situation in Cape Town came about, and what lessons can other cities learn from this emerging crisis.

News from the technical committees

The Water Reuse and Surface water management committee are planning an event on Urban Water this year. The event will take place with local and regional authorities and in collaboration with planners and property developers.

Also, the Service Innovation Committee will premiere their multimedia outputs from the 'Digital Story of the Retal Separation in the Water Sector' event, at the forthcoming Water Efficiency Conference hosted by ANQIP, Portugal. Please join the committee for other activities and special sessions at the conference.

The People and Communities committee continue to promote water efficiency through the monthly blogs, edited by Cath Hassell. The committee chair will be presenting the main impact of this activity at the forthcoming Water Efficiency Conference too.

We will be launching our new Water-Energy Nexus committee at the Water Efficiency conference in Aviero, Portugal. With a special industry session exploring water and energy efficiency at the water network/infrastructure scale.

Visit: https://www.watefnetwork.co.uk/67 for more information about the technical committees and how to join.

WATEF advisory group:  We want to hear from you.

The WATEF network is six this year.  We want to understand more about our members, what you value about the network and where you would like us to focus our efforts in the future. 

Please help us by completing this short survey.  We will feedback the results for our members in the summer.

REDAWN - Reducing Energy Dependency in Atlantic area Water Networks

WATEF members were invited to the launch of the REDAWN project at the offices of SMPGA in Saint-Pair sur Mer, Normandy to celebrate the start of their innovative project to investigate the possibilities of micro-hydro power technology.

is a new 3-year European project funded by the Atlantic Area. It aims to improve the energy efficiency of water networks through the installation of innovative micro-hydropower (MHP) technology. This technology has the potential to recover wasted energy in existing pipe networks across irrigation, public water supply, the process industry and wastewater network settings.

Over 100 people from across the Atlantic Area water industry attended the event in person, with a further 140 following the event as it was live streamed by webinar.

Senator Jean Bizet, member of the French Senate for la Manche region, welcomed the project, as an example of how the EU can work together collectively to keep water innovation at the heart of policy.

Find out more:  
View the film of the launch event, learn more by visiting the REDAWN.eu website, or sign up now to join the project mailing list.

Other news and events

SUDSnet Conference 2018

Share your SuDS and Green Infrastructure news and research at SUDSnet 2018

Call for presentations NOW OPEN
Send your presentation abstract by 30th March 2018 to: sudsnet@abertay.ac.uk

Conference dates: August 30th & 31st 2018
Venue: Coventry University

News From WIRC/ Upcoming Events at University of Bath

19 April 2018:       
Water and Sediment: A Cascade across Scales by Professor Alistair Borthwick

26 April 2018:       Inaugural lecture: 'The invaluable value of water' by Professor Jan Hofman

17 May 2018:         

WIRC colloquium by Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader at Arup
Please note that all these events are free and open to all.  For more information visit the WIRC website.

Recruiting: Two Lecturer positions in Civil Engineering at UWE

The two (2) Lecturer post areas of Civil Engineering Speciality can include but not limited to : Structures, Transportation/Highways, Geotechnics/Soil Mechanics,  Engineering Geology, Hydraulics, Engineering Hydrology, Materials Engineering & Construction, Water & Environmental Engineering, Construction & Project Management and Geomatics Engineering.  

Ideally, we are looking for Candidates who are Chartered Engineers (CEng) and can fit into the academic team for the delivery of the BEng, MEng and MSc programmes. 

Please read our March blog and use #WATEFBLOG when sending your Tweets - thank you! 
We would love to hear your watery tales so if you wish to become a WATEF blogger please let us know
Lastly please don't forget to follow us on Twitter @WatefNetwork or join REDAWN on Twitter @REDAWNAA.

Mrs Eleanor Eaton (Network Coordinator)
Dr Kemi Adeyeye (Lead - WATEF Network)