towards a sustainable future for Ireland's water needs
There are huge developments
in motion for one of Ireland's most important natural resources.
With the National Development Plan 2007-2013 including an unprecedented
€4.7 billion investment in water - as well as significant private
investment - there are major issues and challenges to be addressed
regarding the necessary infrastructure, treatment and planning for
future capital projects.
With this in mind, The Sunday Business Post
and conference partner, iQuest will host The National
Water Summit. The agenda this year examines how regulation
will shape long and short-term strategy. The industry's approach
for optimal infrastructure solutions will be explored - as
well as our need for increasingly sophisticated infrastructure for
treatment and distribution. Current and future solutions
for pollution, pathogens, monitoring and control will be
The Conference will also be looking at international
programmes and best industry practice, as well as the future
for metering projects, the role of the private sector
and the areas of public works procurement and maintenance
Topics to include -
|How we may deliver high performance capital efficiency
and strategy plans
|The implementation and impact of the Water Services
|Responding to the investment requirements of European
|Environmental monitoring and process understanding
|Key aspects in dealing with long-term operation
and maintenance contracts
|New contracts for public works procurement
|Strategic approaches to treatment
|Asset Management - the challenge of upgrading
and maintaining systems
|Rain water harvesting
|Efficient water loss management
|Recent water metering experiences
| Case studies
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
At a time when Ireland's water industry is seeking
to overcome major supply challenges, improve service and seek significant
efficiency improvements, this conference is a must attend for Ireland's
water sector. It will provide delegates with a unique opportunity
to question and probe expert industry speakers regarding their strategies
and ambitions for the market.
Meet and network with the people shaping the
future of the Irish water industry ....
The conference has been researched and designed for
key decision-makers in -
- Local Authority Managers
- Local Authority Engineers
- Heads of Water Services & Supply
- General Managers (Asset Mgt, Planning, Maintenance, Recycling,
- Project Directors/Managers
- Procurement Managers
- Infrastructure Managers
- Planning Officials
- Technical Managers
- Large Water Users
- Finance & Legal Mamagers.
Dr Norman E (Jake) Peters, Research Hydrologist,
U.S. Geographical Survey
|Jake Peters is a research hydrologist with the
U.S. Geological Survey. He is the former President of the International
Commission on Water Quality of the International Association
of Hydrological Sciences and is currently the International
Union of Geodesy and Geophysics liaison with the International
Council of Science's Scientific Committee on Problems of the
He has convened many international workshops and
symposiums - on water quality, in particular. He has also edited
numerous proceedings volumes, as well as publishing many research
papers in the mainstream literature. Jake is an Associate Editor
of the International Journal Hydrological Processes.
Jake's primary research foci are atmospheric deposition
and effects on watershed biogeochemistry and processes controlling
and associated modelling of streamflow generation and water-quality
genesis in watersheds - ranging from undisturbed to urban. Jake
is currently interested in comparing the temporal and spatial variability
of many inorganic and organic solutes in streamwater over a range
of impacted watersheds. The primary purpose of this research is
to trace sources of contamination and to decipher the relative importance
of hydrological and biogeochemical processes along hydrological
pathways as they are affected by human activities.
Katharine Bryan, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland
|A graduate of Durham and Aston Universities, Katherine
Bryan has divided her career between the water and environment
sectors. She began work in the Fisheries department of the former
Severn Trent Water Authority - where she later became involved
in research and development, relating to all aspects of the
Following privatisation of the water industry in 1989, Katherine
held Regional Manager posts in the Severn Trent, Wessex and South
West Regions of the National Rivers Authority, before being appointed
Regional Director, Environment Agency South West in 1995.
Katharine took up the post of Chief Executive with the North of
Scotland Water Authority in 2000. In 2002, she became Chairman of
the Joint Nature Conservation Committee - and, in addition, in 2003,
Chairman of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management. In January
2004, she was appointed Chief Executive of Water Service, Northern
Ireland - to lead the transformation of Water Service from Civil
Service Agency to a self-financing Government Owned Company - Northern
Katharine draws on her senior management career in
the water and environment sectors in England, Wales and Scotland
to deliver this flagship reform project for Northern Ireland. Involved
with generalists and specialists - ranging from landscape architects
to fisheries scientists to radioactive waste inspectors - she has
led or contributed to change management on national, regional and
Dr Jon Hargreaves, Chief Executive, Scottish Water
|In July 2000, Jon joined East of Scotland Water
(ESW) as Chief Executive and, in April 2002, he was appointed
Chief Executive of Scottish Water.
Jon has had 32 years experience in the UK water industry - together
with experience in international markets.
Prior to joining ESW, he was Managing Director of
Northumbrian Water Ltd, Managing Director of ENTEC Europe Ltd -
the engineering and environmental consultants - and, finally, Managing
Director of Northumbrian Lyonnaise International.
Jon graduated BSc in Applied Biology and was awarded
a Doctorate from Durham University and is Fellow of Institute of
Civil Engineers. In 2002, Jon was responsible for merging the 3
Water businesses in Scotland to create Scottish Water - the 4th
largest water company in the UK.
Since 2002, the 40% efficiencies in operating cost
and the 20% efficiencies in delivery of a £21 million investment
programme have saved customers over £1bn. At the same time,
customer service has risen sharply.
Professor Tom Collins, Head of the Education Department,
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
|Professor Tom Collins is Head of the Education
Department at National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Prior to this, he was Director of Dundalk Institute of Technology.
As Director of Dundalk, he oversaw the establishment of the
National Centre for Fresh Water Studies in the College.
He is Chairman of the National Rural Water Monitoring
Committee and was a member of the Independent Salmon Group established
in 2006 to examine the implications of Alignment with the Scientific
Advice for the Commercial Salmon Fishing Sector.
Professor Collins has had a lengthy involvement in
National and European programmes concerned with environmental and
rural development issues. He was a member of the first National
Leader Monitoring Committee, was instrumental with sister colleges
in the National University of Ireland in establishing the first
Distance Education degree programme in Rural Development and has
an extensive range of publications in the area of Local Development.
Currently, he is Chair of the National Council for
Curriculum and Assessment, is a member of the Broadcasting Commission
of Ireland and a member of the high-level review group overseeing
the OECD study on the Irish Public Service.
DAY 1 - Tuesday October 2nd 2007
8:00 Registration and light
8.45 Chairperson's opening
Professor Yvonne Scannell, School of Law, Trinity College
WATER POLICY - STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
AND SHAPING LONG TERM STRATEGY
8.50 MINISTERIAL ADDRESS
|John Gormley, T.D,
Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government
9:00 OPENING ADDRESS
Environmental monitoring and process understanding
in support of environmental management and policy
US Geological Survey
- Air, land, and water resources are interconnected,
cyclical and cascading
- Effective environmental management/policy
requires process understanding
- Understanding and assessing change requires
- Better environmental models for prediction
require process understanding and monitioring
- Flexible environmental management and
policy collaborates large uncertainties in process understanding
and environmental modelling.
9:40 Strengthening the legislative base
Pat Keane, Assistant Principal Officer,
Water Services Policy Section, DEHLG (Department of the Environment,
Heritage and Local Government)
- Water Services Act 2007
- Consolidation of legislative code for water services
- Strategic Planning and Management
- Performance standards and enforcement Water Pricing
- Water Conservation
10:10 Responding to investment requirements
of European Union
(Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)
- National Development
- Plan Service Investment
- Needs assessment
- EU Obligations
- Facilitating Development / Demand management
10:40 MORNING TEA & EXHIBITION VIEWING
WATER REFORM & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
11:00 Key aspects in dealing with long-term
operation and maintenance contracts
Thomas A Ruddy, Director, EPS Pumping &
- Understanding the client & contract requirements
- Performance targets - water & wastewater
- Interface issues - risk allocation and
- Capital replacement funds, Health & Safety
issues, quality management systems - ISO 9000; ISO 14001; 2PMS
- Internal & external auditing.
11:30 New contracts for public works procurement
- The new contracting environment
- Procurement of consultants and contractors
- Risk allocation in the new contracts.
12:00 Strategic approaches to delivering
modern water treatment projects
RPS Consulting Engineers
- Primary quality objectives
- Threats to delivering clean water
- Recent technological advances
- Project risk management
- Barriers to successful implementation
by SHAY MURTAGH
1:55 Welcome back from the Afternoon Chair
Shirley Gallagher, Chairperson, Environmental
Sciences Association of Ireland
2:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Asset Management - the challenge of upgrading and maintaining the
systems in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Water
- Upgrading the systems - past, present
and the future
- Investment required and ensuring efficient
- Maintaining £6.5bn of assets - approach
to delivering good asset management systems
- Sustainability in asset management.
2:40 Protection of Source - harnessing
community support for low-tech solutions
|Dr Suzanne Linnane
National Centre for fresh water studies
Dundalk Institute of Technology
- Nature and extent of pollution in Irish
surface waters - implementing practical and sustainable solutions
- Community participation - the key to success
- The National Source Protection Pilot Project
as a practical model of drinking water providers.
3:10 Pathogens in Water: Monitoring, Control
and Technologies available for Treatment
|Paul O'Callaghan (B.Sc,
M.Sc) & Dr Hans-Gerd Gethke (Doctorate-Eng)
- Emerging pathogens
- Challenges in detecting these pathogens
- Monitoring & Control
- Technologies for Treatment.
3:40 AFTERNOON TEA & EXHIBITION VIEWING
4:00 Case Study: The River Basin Districts
Sean Ó Breasail, Project Coordinator,
South Western River Basin District.
4:25 LOCKNOTE ADDRESS
Rain Water Harvesting: A Forgotten Technology?
|Dr Glyn Hyett
CWM (Celtic Water Management UK) Limited
- Principles and Practice in North West
Europe - Key Features, Components and Benefits
- Safety of Rainwater in the Home - Government
Support ... Who wins and who pays?
- Ways forward for the industry.
5:00 DAY 1 CLOSE
DAY 2 - Wednesday October 3rd
8:00 Registration and light
8.50 Welcome from Morning
Peter Brennan, Chief Executive, EPS Consulting
ASSESSING INDUSTRY CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
9:00 OPENING ADDRESS
The challenges facing water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland
- The historic context of the investment
- Improving services
- The way forward.
9:25 New directions in financing - How
much needs to be spent?
- What is the role of financial services
- Financing environmental improvements
- Where will the money come from?
9:50 The Implications of The Greater Dublin
Strategic Drainage Study
Michael Hand, Executive Chairman, PH McCarthy
- Population & land use projections
- Catchment modelling
- Drainage policies
- Catchment upgrades
- Strategic drainage plan.
10:10 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Efficient Delivery of Scotland's Quality and Standards programme
|Dr Jon Hargreaves
- Following the merger of three Water Authorities
in Scotland to create Scottish water in 2002, a £2.3 billion
investment programme had to be delivered for £1.8 billion
- Water created a unique partnership joint-venture
company with two utilities and contractors
- By 2006/2007, 98% of outputs have been
delivered via over 5000 projects
- Savings of over £500m have been
10:40 MORNING TEA & EXHIBITION VIEWING
A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO OPTIMAL INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTIONS
11:00 Developing best practice management
of water supply
Office of Environmental Enforcement
- Sludge Disposal
- Developing best practice management of
water supply and wastewater services
- Managing and maintaining infrastructure
- Enhancing service delivery through coordinated
11:30 Efficient Water Loss Management
- Implementation Strategies
- Examination of Efficiency Targets
- Sustainability - An Integrated Approach
- Moving Forward - The Future of Water Loss
Management in Ireland.
12:00 Transforming the Irish group water
Brian MacDonald, Research and Evaluation
Officer, NFGWS (National Federation of Group Water Schemes)
- Evolution of community-owned water services
- Crisis in the sector
- The partnership model as the basis of
- Implementing the agreed strategy
- Models of best practice
- Is there a viable future for this sector?
TAKING WATER PLANS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
12:30 Performance Management Systems
Chris Bateman, Joint Managing Director,
Earth Tech Ireland
- Managing and monitoring water management
- How is it working in the public sector?
- Transition from old systems
2:00 Welcome back from Afternoon Chair
RPS Consulting Engineers
2:05 Water Issues for the Business Community
Donal Buckley, Head of Business Infrastructure,
- How infrastructure is paid for - scope,
level and consistency of water and waste water charges
- How investment, charges and service quality
- The needs of business.
2:30 Recent Water Metering Experience
- The development of water metering projects
in Ireland and contract procurement
- Issues that have arisen in water pricing
and water metering projects - including domestic allowances, multiple
occupancy, difficult-to-locate connections, automatic meter reading
and billing matters.
3:00 CASE STUDY
Sligo Water Meter Study - Background to Sligo Pilot
Director of Infrastructural Services
Sligo County Council
- DBO Strategy - to maximise revenue collection
through the use of competition in a DBO process - covering meter
installation, reading billing and debt collection
- Adopted System - manual read system wins
- Communications - the challenge of getting
an understanding of the system across to customers
- Database - the importance of compiling
an accurate database
- Outturn - how the system bedded in - has
it made a difference?
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA & EXHIBITION VIEWING
3.45 PANEL DISCUSSION and Q&A;
What are the best methods for good water management?
- Is private sector participation the solution
for a more efficient water industry?
- Are local authorities better placed to
manage water supplies?
- The future for water pricing / Challenges
for pricing and metering.
Panellists include -
- Donal Buckley, Head of Business Infrastructure,
- Tom Dunne, Irish Farmers Association
- Jack Keyes, County Manager, Cavan County Council
- Gerry Galvin, Principal Adviser (Water) and head of the Water
4:30 LOCKNOTE ADDRESS
The Wild Salmon; A barometer of Environmental Distress
|Professor Tom Collins
National Rural Monitoring Committee
- An overview of ground water quality in
Ireland as indicated by fluctuations in Wild Salmon stocks
- The water quality problem in rural group
- An exploration of the main issues for
future practice arising from this experience - especially concerning
the interplay between local voluntary effort, the Local Authorities
and Central Government in the upgrading of group water schemes
- Emerging issues for rural water quality
- especially concerning source protection, water treatment and
- The environmental challenge in the context
of economic and social development imperatives confronting rural
5:00 CONFERENCE CLOSE
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