International Workshop Focuses on Water Safety Plans for Small Systems

RES’EAU-WaterNET invited leading experts and researchers from Great Britain and Canada to Cranfield University May 17-19, 2016 to share their expertise and experiences with water safety plan (WSP) development and implementation. Several representatives from releated industry in Great Britain and eight public utilities were also on hand to take part in the discussions. 

The goal of the meeting was to develop sound WSP recommendations that can be implemented in small and private water systems. It also provided a networking opportunity for innovative small water research programs in Canada and Great Britain to build connections among their water research communities to better understand the current state of multi-disciplinary, innovative approaches and challenges to improving the safety and quality of drinking water in our small and rural communities. 

The framework for the workshop and its outcomes will also be broadly shared by all participants so other organizations can hold similar events to improve the design and implementation of WSPs in their jurisdictions. 

The meeting was supported through Strategic Network Enhancement Initiative funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. 

Participating organizations included:

Cranfield University
Scottish Water
Birmingham University
Northumbrian Water
Thames Water
Anglian Water
Affinity Water
Wessex Water
South West Water
Welsh Water
Water Research Centre
Severn Trent Water
United Utilities

Pictured: RES’EAU-WaterNET Scientific Director Dr. Madjid Mohseni (left) and Chair of the Water Network Dr. John Fawell address the workshop participants.