17th Conference of the UK Network on Drinking Water Production from Source to Tap

17th Conference of the UK Network on Drinking Water Production from Source to Tap

March 5, 2024 Uncategorized 0

Our annual conference of the UK Water Network will take place at Cranfield University on Wednesday 19 June 2024.

This conference is the seventeenth in an annual series focusing on drinking water production from source to tap. Attendees of the conference will have the excellent opportunity for attendees to get the latest information on water treatment and supply, and interact on the topic with scientists and researchers from water utilities and leading global academic institutions.

As a vital industry we are seeing the impact of climate change and increasing demand on resources, water quality and operations. There is also an expectation of higher standards for our operations set against a background of achieving net zero. Sharing and exchanging knowledge between academia and industry, scientists and engineers, universities and industry practitioners is increasingly important for us to facilitate the development and identification of sustainable solutions to a range of emerging issues.

Prof John Fawell, Chair of the UK Water Network.

As every year, our conference will also feature a session dedicated to young and early career researchers with a series of 5-minute presentations. 

We invite early career researchers to submit an application for a talk on their work and most recent research advances on innovations for water treatment. A jury, composed of water professionals and researchers, will vote for the best early career researcher’s presentation, with a best presentation prize of £200 (as vouchers) being awarded during the conference. Send in your submissions by 29 May 2024.

Event Programme

We have exceptional speakers in our conference programme that includes topics on water treatment technologies, water monitoring, distribution system, water quality and catchment management.

This year’s speaker lineup features:

  • Paul Westerhoff, Regents Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University and the Fulton Chair of Environmental Engineering, USA. On: Wastewater effluents impact PFAS concentrations at Drinking water treatment plants.
  • Emmanuel van Houtte , Geologist, Aquaduin, Belgium. On: Experiences with indirect potable reuse in the Flemish dunes, Belgium.
  • Katherine Fish, Research Fellow in Water Systems Microbiology, University of Sheffield, UK. On: Unintended impacts of chlorine on biofilms: Is less, more?
  • John Fawell, visiting Professor, Cranfield University, UK. On: PFAS – A challenge for Regulators and Water Suppliers.
  • Andrew Kennedy, Operations Team Leader, Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland, UK. On: The future of lead in drinking water – A Scottish perspective.
  • Jenny Banks, Technical Specialist, Yorkshire Water, UK. On: Evolving strategies for a changing environment. 
  • Gareth Herron, Associate Process Engineer, Mott McDonald, UK. On: Disinfection by-products: Managing the chlorate risk.

More speakers to be announced soon.

Location and travel details

Stafford Cripps SC2, Building 41, Cranfield University

The 17th conference of the UK Water Network is sponsored by CPL/Puragen Activated Carbons

CPL/Puragen Activated Carbons is a leading UK-based supplier of activated carbon purification solutions, to a range of industries including drinking water, renewable energy and waste management. In addition to a wide selection of FiltraCarb® media, we can also supply AquaSorber® mobile carbon filters on a convenient ‘plug & play’ rental basis. Wherever possible, spent carbons are recycled via our REACT-Sys™ thermal reactivation process at our award-winning facility in Immingham. Our aim is technical excellence, recent examples including the development of the FiltraCarb® CH range optimised for PFAS removal and subsequent destruction. We hold ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO45001 and UK REACH accreditation.

Who should attend

Water company employees
Consultants for the water sector
Public health professionals
Those working in drinking water quality
Supply chain companies
Academic and industry researchers working in drinking water treatment and supply


£225 per delegate; £90 per student. Alumni discount – 10% off the standard delegate fee. UK Water Network members: Free registration for up to three delegates per member organisation, then standard delegate fees apply. 

How to register

To register for the event please complete the online form.

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