Water Connect 2015

Jul 14, 2015 | Events

Water experts from around Europe poured into Peter­bor­ough for Water Con­nect 2015.This one day con­fer­ence and net­work­ing event took place at Future Busi­ness Centre Peter­bor­ough on 8th July.

The event was co-hos­ted by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and the Glob­al Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Insti­tute at Anglia Ruskin Uni­ver­sity as part of the Water Effi­ciency in European Urb­an Areas (WE@EU) pro­ject, which looks to improve water effi­ciency and urb­an water man­age­ment.

Key­note speak­er, Ash­ley Roe, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Brit­ish Water, said: “We do not value water in the same way as oth­er things that we take for gran­ted, like energy and tele­coms. It’s a huge edu­ca­tion­al issue. Water will become a source of con­flict as it becomes more scarcely avail­able.”

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.

Tom Hen­nessy, Seni­or Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Man­ager at Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, says “As the city’s eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment com­pany, we believe in sup­port­ing our busi­nesses and grow­ing our eco­nomy. Water Con­nect provided a great oppor­tun­ity for busi­nesses from the region to broaden their net­works, meet organ­isa­tions from all over Europe, and find poten­tial part­ners for future col­lab­or­a­tion. It’s been fant­ast­ic learn­ing about these emer­ging tech­no­lo­gies in the water sec­tor and it’s really great to wel­come these lead­ers in innov­a­tion to Peter­bor­ough, and it’s great for Peter­bor­ough to be at the heart of this industry.”

Attendees were also encour­aged to sign up to The Water Cluster, a free web­site and net­work which provides a plat­form for entit­ies with an interest in water and innov­a­tion to enter into a dia­logue and identi­fy oppor­tun­it­ies for poten­tial col­lab­or­a­tion.