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WATEF Network Newsletter: December 2019

Seasons Greetings from the WATEF Network

We would like to wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and we hope you all have a good winter break.

We are looking forward to seeing you in the New Year at our Water Efficiency conference (more below).

WatefCon2020: Moving towards water resilient communities

Due to popular demand, the abstract deadline for September's conference has been extended to 20 January.  

You can get involved in a number of ways: by presenting an academic or industry paper, by giving a flash presentation or multimedia performance, or by presenting a poster. 

Visit the conference web page


Shortlisted papers will be invited to submit extended papers to special issue journals including:

ICE Engineering Sustainability journal
Architectural Engineering and Design Management
Water International
Water: Special issue on Resilient Water-Wise Cities: Social, Environmental and Technical Contributions of Rainwater Harvesting Systems and Water-Reuse Techniques
Water: Special issue on Innovations in Water Demand Management: Domestic and Non-Domestic

Update from the REDAWN research project


First summer of operation for our Spanish Pilot Site

Our Spanish MHP pilot plant has been running more than 2,442 hours during its first irrigation campaign (May-September), and the data are now being evaluated. See the first results here

Testing new technology for recovery of energy in irrigation networks, the site was launched in May at our Energy Day event .


Portuguese pilot plant starts construction

Hosted by Renova at their facility in central Portugal, this micro hydro power (MHP) plant will be testing how energy recovery through pump as turbine technology can be optimised in existing water networks.

The MHP unit is based in the outflow of waste water from a paper processing plant, harvesting lost energy for reuse and lowering the energy demand of the factory.

Future Resource Expo, UK

We were at the NEC  in Birmingham this September to exhibit our latest work with colleagues from Trinity College Dublin. 

Dr Kemi Adeyeye, of the WATEF network, gave a presentation on "How we can reclaim lost energy in water networks", showcasing the REDAWN project.

Visit for more updates on the project.

Upcoming Events

Adapting to Change: Considerations for Water Recycling and Desalination to Address Future Water Supply Challenges in the UK 

We are pleased to announce that registration is now live for the University of Brighton's Adapting to Change conference which takes place on 25th and 26th February 2020 at the Old Courtroom in Brighton.    

Full details of the conference can be found here.   There are special Early Bird rates available until early January 2020 and we have also arranged discounted hotel rates.   The direct booking link is - places are limited so please book now!

Conference events:  we have arranged a networking reception at the Royal Pavilion which includes a tour and this is automatically included in the standard delegate package.  There is also a conference dinner where places are limited.

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.