Water conflict

Posted: Monday 10th August 2015

“Water will become a source of conflict as it becomes more scarcely available,” warns Ashley Roe, Chief Executive of British Water.

Speaking at Water Connect 2015, a one day conference and networking event at Future Business Centre Peterborough in July, Ashley Roe, Chief Executive of British Water, went on to warn that “In the UK, we do not value water in the same way as other utilities that we take for granted, like energy and telecoms. It’s a huge educational issue.”

The East of England is one of the most water-stressed regions in Europe. It is likely to face challenges and water shortages over the next 20 years due to significant changes in rainfall patterns. However, every challenge presents opportunities.

Water Connect 2015 brought together water experts from all across Europe for a dialogue on water and innovation. It was co-hosted by the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University and Opportunity Peterborough as part of the Water Efficiency in European Urban Areas (WE@EU) project, which aims to improve water efficiency and urban water management.

Aled Jones, Director of the Global Sustainability Institute, says “Providing clean water when and where it is needed at a cost that is affordable is an increasing challenge. Events such as Water Connect 2015 and the WE@EU project provide excellent platforms for innovative water companies to build collaboration and share knowledge so we can meet this challenge head on.”

Delegates were encouraged to sign up to The Water Cluster, a new free website and network which provides a platform for organisations with an interest in water and innovation to identify and discuss opportunities for potential collaboration.

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