Rainwater & Greywater Technical Seminar


Friday 11th December, WWF Living Planet Centre, Woking

9.45am to 3.00pm

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Places are £50. Free to Waterwise Supporters. Book your place using our online booking form.

We would like to invite you to the upcoming Waterwise event – a Rainwater & Greywater Technical Seminar - to be held at WWF’s award winning Living Planet Centre in Woking on December 11th 2015.

In 2008, Defra's 'Future Water' document talked a lot about greywater and rainwater. It looked at the advantages and disadvantages and the opportunities to use these alternative supplies. At that time it felt we were at the start of a new era of alternative water supplies and that there would be wide-scale adoption of these systems. But it didn't happen and seven years on nothing has really changed. There have been a few trials, but not many, domestic rainwater and greywater systems have been developed but have still not broken through to the mainstream.

So the question is, ‘Is the UK's only real greywater and rainwater initiative going to be the back-garden water butt?’ and the second question is ‘Is this ok?'

A number of other countries have mandatory large-scale rainwater harvesting systems for large new builds, some countries have greywater systems in multiple occupancy dwellings and others have gone the whole way and set up recycling systems to turn sewerage into drinking water at the national scale. The issues we want to address at this event are whether the UK needs to do more in this area and whether it makes economic, social or environmental sense to go beyond the water butt. If it does who should do this?

If you would like to help kick-start the debate on greywater or rainwater or to agree upon the status quo, join us for this technical seminar with expert speakers and a lively discussion panel exploring experiences to date and discussing the way ahead. Held at the state-of-the-art Living Planet Centre, the day will include a tour of the rainwater harvesting and greywater systems at the building. With the audience a mix of policy makers, local government, water companies, manufacturers, suppliers, water companies and ngos, this event is one not to miss.

Speakers and Panellists include:

Hannah Blackburn, WaterLIFE Communications Officer, WWF

Owen Davies, Flood Risk Manager, Royal Borough of Greenwich

John Griggs, Director, JPJN Partners Ltd

David Knaggs, Chief Executive, Albion Water

Jae Lester, Office Manager, Rainwater Harvesting Ltd

Carmen Snowdon, Principal Consultant, WRc

Angela Wallis, Technical Specialist- Water Demand Management, Environment Agency

Dr Sarah Ward, Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter, and founder of RainShare

Claire Yeates, Director, Waterscan

Keep checking back as further speakers will be added as they are confirmed. See the agenda.

We have sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for this event, for further info please contact Laura White (intern@waterwise.org.uk) or Samantha Vickerman (svickerman@waterwise.org.uk). 

For any queries regarding the event, please contact Laura White by email intern@waterwise.org.uk