Dr Trevor Elliot a Reader in Environmental Engineering at Queen's University Belfast will deliver the Keynote Address at this year's Institute of Water Northern Ireland Area Autumn Seminar which will consider sustainability and Northern Ireland's water future.
'Water Water Everywhere, Learning to live with it' will be held in the Tower Hotel, Derry on Friday 7 October, and will be of interest to anyone working in the water sector or interested in the water environment in Northern Ireland.
Parts of the UK are already facing an uncertain water future due to increasing demand, changing weather patterns and socio-economic constraints. George Butler, Northern Ireland Water's Director of Asset Management and Institute of Water Area President will welcome a panel of industry experts to consider a number of key questions about the future of water resources in Northern Ireland including: what the stresses are that face our water resources; how we should plan for future shortages; and whether existing plans work in a changing social, economic and leisure environment.
Professor Sue Christie, Director of Northern Ireland Environmental Link and Dr Ian Humphreys Chief Executive Officer of Tidy Northern Ireland will be questioning whether enough is being done to protect the water environment.
David Porter from the Rivers Agency (DARD) and Claire Cockerill from the Freshwater Task Force will be examining how the water environment is managed before Paddy Brow, Head of Asset Strategy at Northern Ireland Water and Des Nevin, Head of Networks Sewage look at strategies in place for the future. Jacob Tompkins, Managing Director of Waterwise will consider the role of the consumer and customer in all of this.
"We are delighted to have attracted such a high calibre of speakers to address the sustainability of Northern Ireland's water and look forward to an interesting and thought provoking seminar," said the Institute of Water's chief executive, Lynn Cooper.
"The Seminar is an opportunity for attendees to meet and influence those who manage, use and enjoy the water environment in Northern Ireland."
The Seminar will cost £50 for Institute of Water members to attend, and £75 for non-members. Please visit the events section of the Institute of Water website www.instituteofwater.org.uk for a registration form. Northern Ireland Water delegates can book directly through George Irvine: George.Irvine@niwater.com
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