FWR Newsletters - Issued 2020
Issue 1 - Winter 2020
In this Winter issue of the newsletter: Antibiotics…such an amazing discovery which has saved countless lives over the past 80 years. But now comes the problem of antimicrobial resistance. Dr Andrew Singer from CEH takes us through the history of antibiotics, their many and varied uses, the problems which have become apparent in recent years, and some possible ways of reducing antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
FWR Newsletters - Issued 2019
Issue 3 - Summer 2019
In this Summer issue of the newsletter: The freshwater pearl mussel is a true litmus test of the health of our rivers. Dr Louise Lavictoire from the Freshwater Biological Association explains why this is, the difficulties the species faces and what is being done about it. She also tells us about the fascinating life cycle of this mollusc, which is remarkable!
Issue 2 - Spring 2019
In this Spring issue of the newsletter: The vast majority of sewer blockages today are caused by wipes (or other non-flushables) and/or fats, oils and greases adhering to the pipe walls. A new flushability standard called ‘Fine to Flush’ has recently been released. Andy Drinkwater from WRc tells us what this is and explains why it’s so important.
Issue 1 - Winter 2019
In this issue of the newsletter: Alien invaders or, more correctly, invasive non-native species cost the UK around £2 bn annually! Dr Phil Aldous gives us the low-down on these costly plants and animals in the aquatic environment, explaining why they are a concern, how they arrive here, how the water industry is responding to the threat, and what can be done about it.
FWR Newsletters - Issued 2018
Issue 4 - Autumn 2018
In this Autumn issue of the newsletter: Jenni Balmer (National Water Resources Manager, Environment Agency) provides a very timely piece exploring how the EA is transforming water resources management.
Issue 3 - Summer 2018
In this Summer issue of the newsletter: Lucinda Gilfoyle explores the problem of the molluscicide metaldehyde and how Anglian Water are tackling it in their area of the country, including the ‘Slug it Out’ trial which is based around catchment management.
Issue 2 - Spring 2018
The development of sanitation has been recognised as one of the greatest medical advances in history. Steve Bungay (FWR’s Wastewater Section Co-ordinator) provides us with a concise history of wastewater treatment and goes on to look at how disruptive technologies are having an effect on the business.
Issue 1 - Winter 2018
In the February issue of our newsletter, Kerry Walsh and Vicki Rhodes from the EA explain how environmental DNA technology has been developed and is now being trialled for use as a monitoring tool and to detect invasive non-native species.
FWR Newsletters - Issued 2017
Issue 4 - Autumn 2017
In this issue of the newsletter, Phil Smart, an Inspector with the Drinking Water Inspectorate, takes us on a tour of DWI, founded almost 30 years ago, looking at its role, their work, and how they interact with other water-related organisations.
Key article by Phil Smart (Drinking Water Inspectorate)
Issue 3 - Summer 2017
In this issue of the newsletter, Pete Vale (Severn Trent) and Simon Leaf (Environment Agency) explore phosphorus in our lead article this time, looking at the difficulties it causes in receiving waters, the fact that it is a valuable, finite resource and the subsequent need to recover as much as possible at the wastewater treatment stage.
Key article by Pete Vale (Severn Trent)
Issue 2 - Spring 2017
In this issue of the newsletter, our lead article is Microplastics: How Big a Threat? by Alice Horton (Research Associate, CEH). Alice explains that since the 1950s the manufacture and use of plastics has seen an enormous increase and has correlated with an increase in the presence of waste plastics in the environment. She gives us an excellent overview of the subject of microplastic pollution and its implications.
Key article by Dr. Kerry Walsh, Specialist, Environmental & Business Directorate, Environment Agency and Vicki Rhodes, Senior Specialist (Special Topics), Environmental & Business Directorate, Environment Agency.
Issue 1 - Winter 2017
In this issue of the newsletter, our lead article is Water Efficiency: The Waterwise Story by Professor Jacob Tompkins (Director, Waterwise). He explains why the organisation was founded 12 years ago and tells us about their achievements and their future aspirations. Water efficiency is still a significant and urgent issue – once again the World Economic Forum have highlighted water security and drought as being a key global risk.
Key article by Professor Jacob Tompkins
FWR Newsletters - Issued 2016
Issue 4 - Autumn 2016
In this issue of the newsletter, our lead article Water Regulatory Skills Gap by Martin Griffiths (Independent Consultant), Chris Chubb (Independent Consultant) and Robert Grabowski (Lecturer, Cranfield University) explains that as we move towards leaving the European Union, it is vital that we maintain high quality environmental regulation and governance of all industry sectors.
Key article by Martin Griffiths, Chris Chubb and Robert Grabowski
Issue 3 - Summer 2016
In this issue of the newsletter, our lead article FOG An Increasing Problem and Opportunity by Rachel Dyson (Programme Manager, Anglian Water) explains the problem of Fats, Oils and Grease which sticks to the inner linings of pipes, binding with everyday items which are flushed down toilets, such as wipes, cotton buds and sanitary waste. Over time this can build up, stopping water from flowing freely, causing blocked pipes and pumps, sewer flooding and pollution.
Key article by Rachel Dyson, Programme Manager, Anglian Water.
Issue 2 - Spring 2016
In this issue of the Newsletter, our lead article Disinfection By-Products: Where do we stand after 40 years of research? by John Fawell, an Independent Consultant, gives a brief history of waterborne disease, chlorination, and breaking the cycle of disease
Key article by John Fawell, Independent Consultant
Issue 1 - Winter 2016
In this issue of the Newsletter, our lead article River Basin Management Planning - a new phase.
2016 marks the start of a new phase in managing the water environment. Building on the lessons learned and progress made since the first River Basin Management Plans were published in 2009, the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales adn the Scottish Environment Protection Agency have produced a new set of plans for the next six years.
Key article by Clare Rodgers, Senior Catchment Management Specialist, Royal HaskoningDHV.
FWR Newsletters - Issued 2015
Issue 4 - November 2015
Green Infrastructure - a growing need. In this issue our lead article looks at how the Green Infrastructure was revealed in its full breadth of applications to a mixed audience of engineers, planners, ecologists, social scientists, consultants and regulators at the first conference of the Scottish Green Infrastructure Forum (SGIF) held in Glasgow.
Key article by Dr Brian D’Arcy, Independent Environmental Consultant
Issue 3 - August 2015
Cryptosporidium - The approach to the challenge in Wales. In this issue our lead article looks at how the challenge of this is being met by Dŵwr Cymru Welsh Water.
Key article by Carol Weatherley, Public Health Manager, Dŵwr Cymru Welsh Water
Issue 2 - May 2015
Tackling diffuse agricultural pressures using WFD measures. Back in 2009, when the first cycle of river basin management planning under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) began, one of the largest pressures causing observed impacts on surface freshwater and groundwater bodies was diffuse pollution from agriculture.
Key article by Ian Codling, Senior Consultant, Catchment Management, WRc plc.
Issue 1 - February 2015
Thames Tideway Tunnel - Building for a 22nd Century London. The Thames Tideway Tunnel team was reflecting on and recovering from what was probably the most significant 12 months on the project so far and the culmination of years of work.
Key article by Andy Mitchell, CEO of Thames Tideway Tunnel.
FWR Newsletters - Issued 2014
Issue 2 - May 2014
Ecosystem Services and the Water Framework Directive - Valuing the benefits we derive from nature.
Key article by Dr David Forrow Evidence Advisor (Strategic Environmental Planning), Environment Agency,
and Dr Mark Everard Associate Professor of Ecosystem Services, University of the West of England.
FWR Newsletters - Issued 2013
FWR Newsletters - Issued 2012
FWR Newsletters - Issued 2011
FWR Newsletters - Issued 2010
Issue 1 - March 2010
A NEW look for FWR which has now been in operation since 1989
Key article by Tony Lloyd and Tim Evans.
The roles of the FWR and its sections covering - WFD, Water Supply, Wastewater and the FWR Library.