Water & Wastewater Treatment

WWT June 2019

Water & Wastewater Treatment Magazine

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Anthony Ferrar, SES Water's managing director, will retire this autumn a er 11 years of service with the company. Previously finance director of Bournemouth & West Hampshire Water for 15 years, Ferrar joined what was then Sutton and East Surrey Water in 2008. His replacement will be appointed and announced in due course. Jacobs has appointed Adam Street as vice-president of digital solutions. Street will be responsible for the company's digital offering and growth strategy across its buildings and infrastructure business in the UK and Europe as it seeks to deliver digitally enabled, sustainable solutions for critical, global infrastructure challenges and government priorities. United Utilities has announced the appointment of Gatwick Airport chairman Sir David Higgins. He joins initially as a non-executive director and will replace Dr John McAdam as chairman on 31 December. Higgins, previously chief executive of Network Rail, will continue as chair of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia's remuneration committee until December. The Talk: June ROUND UP PEOPLE MOVES 4 | JUNE 2019 | WWT | www.wwtonline.co.uk Affinity Water promoted its #WhyNotWater campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the water shortage threat, by placing a giant block of ice in front of St Albans Cathedral. Named 'The Cold Hard Truth', the ice represents 8,000 litres – the amount of water the average family of four uses in just two weeks. Water sector to create new vision for the future The water companies, Ofwat, the Environment Agency, the Drinking Water Inspectorate, Natural Resources Wales and the governments in England and Wales are working together to create a new vision for the future. The vision, which is due to be unveiled in the autumn, will emphasise the importance of everyday excellence, long-term stewardship of the environment, assets and relationships with customers, and the importance for the sector to add value. Companies vow to triple leak reduction rate England's water companies have agreed a series of pledges that form part of a new Public Interest Commitment. Companies committed to work on achieving a series of goals by 2030: tripling the rate of leakage reduction across the sector, achieving net zero carbon emissions, preventing the equivalent of 4 billion plastic bottles ending up as waste, making bills affordable for all households, and achieving 100 per cent commitment to the Social Mobility Pledge. Government working on digital underground map The Government has announced that its Geospatial Commission is working to bring together the existing data on underground pipes and cables to create a digital map. The Underground Asset Register, which will show the location of gas and water pipes as well as electricity and phone cables, is designed to prevent both accidents and disruption to the economy. To test the feasibility of the concept, £3.9 million pilot projects are underway in London and the North East, where Northumbrian Water has been working alongside Ordnance Survey. COLD COMFORT

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