WATEF Network Newsletter: August 2019

Announcing our conference for 2020: 

WatefCon2020: Moving towards water resilient communities

The next WATEF conference will be on 2-4 September 2020, and will be organised by the WATEF network in association with the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience at the University of the West of England , Bristol (UWE) and Bristol Water. The venue will be at UWE's Frenchay Campus.

The conference will feature a special session: Responding to resilience rhetoric: how far have we got?
Call for papers now open- visit our website for more information

Hamburg Study Trip 

This event has now been postponed to Spring 2020 - more information to follow

Join us as we learn about the innovations in water conservation and management being pioneered here in some of the newest districts in Hamburg, as well as exploring this historic city with water at its heart.  The event is led by our Water Reuse & Surface Water Management technical committee.

Read more about the Hamburg Water Cycle in our August blog

Update from REDAWN

Launch of our first demonstration site at our Energy Day event 

More than seventy people attended our launch event in Spain, including public administrators, technology companies and other stakeholders, who came to hear about the micro hydropower technology that is being tested in the irrigation network here.  

The day included a visit to the facilities of Nueces de Calonge to meet this important company that has opted for the technical challenges and the expected benefits of the project. 

Watch this film about the Spanish REDAWN demonstration site

From the blog

May: Halving the amount of water we all use every day - why not?

Sir James Bevan put water efficiency back in the headlines at this year's Waterwise conference with his now infamous ‘Jaws of Death’ speech, saying ‘We need water wastage to be as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby or throwing your plastic bags into the sea.’ Nicci Russell of Waterwise celebrates water saving week and sets out the challenge of getting to 100 litres or less. 

June: Investigating the non-technical challenges to installing micro-hydro in water networks.

Dawn Murphy is from Action Renewables, one of our partners in the REDAWN project. Here she gives a useful summary of what REDAWN hopes to achieve, and how it seeks ways of removing the barriers to implementing this new technology in the EU policy context.

July:  How can labelling help us reduce our water use?

It is a fair assumption to say that the 66 million people in the UK are completely oblivious to what is needed to keep their taps running. So how can we reduce our water use and better protect our natural resources? Andrew Tucker of Thames Water offers some solutions.

Calling all bloggers - we need you!

Have you got a watery story you would like to share with our members?  Have you spotted an exciting new innovation which will transform water efficiency, or do you have a successful project you would like to shout about?

If so please get in touch - we are always looking for new stories from the world of water.

Please read our August blog and use #WATEFBLOG when sending your Tweets - thank you! 
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)