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WATEF Network Newsletter: February 2020

Featuring how to register for our conference in September, a reminder to sign up now for our Hamburg Study Trip, and news from the REDAWN project...

WatefCon2020: Registration now open

We are pleased to announce that registration is now live for our Moving Towards Water Resilient Communities conference, which takes place on 2-4 September at the University of West of England's campus in Bristol.

Full details of the conference can be found here.  There are special Early Bird rates available until 30 April.  The booking link is here - places are limited, so book now.

Conference Social events 

This year's social events will be centred around Bristol's maritime heritage.  A drinks reception will be held for all delegates on 2 September at the historic SS Great Britain, and a gala dinner for all inclusive ticket holders only will be held on 3 September at the M Shed Museum in Bristol's buzzing Harbourside area.

Last chance to sign up: Hamburg Study Trip

Our study trip to the fascinating maritime city of Hamburg is planned for April 22 and 23 this year.  

For more information and costs please see our website page here.

For the event to go ahead, we will need a minimum number of attendees, so please indicate if you would like to join us by using this link now so we can put the final arrangements in place.

Update from the REDAWN research project


French drinking water installation comes online

Our French demonstration site tests how energy can be recovered using micro-hydro technology in the context of potable water. The unit, located at a drinking water production plant in St Pair sur Mer in Normandy, is managed by our partners SMPGA.

The pump-as-turbine (PAT) generates almost 7 kW/h of hydropower that re-supplies the plant to reduce its energy consumption. Part of the installation also powers a USB phone charging facility near a local school to highlight the potential benefits of micro-hydro technology.


REDAWN wins innovation award at Carrefour L'Eau

We are delighted to announce that our partners SMPGA received the “Prix de l’innovation de la gestion de l’eau dans les collectivités” at this year's Carrefour L'Eau event in Rennes.

Visit for more about the project or sign up to the REDAWN newsletter here for regular updates

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.

Image credit: Thanks to Steve Keiretsu for "Clifton Suspension Bridge", and thanks to _DChris for "HafenCity", both reproduced under creative commons license. Source: