The WWT Round Table is a high-level debate bringing together water company chief executives and other experts from the water industry, government, regulators and the public to address topics of strategic importance to the water and wastewater industries.
Since its launch in 2002, WWT Round Tables have covered important topics such as:
- the need for a long-term vision for the water industry to help reduce the boom-and-bust investment cycle (May 2002) - the impact of water company ownership models on asset delivery and customer service (December 2003) - the need to ensure a sustainable water infrastructure in London (April 2005); to what extent water companies should take the front line role in tackling the effects of climate change (April 2008) - how water companies can engage consumers to achieve a sustainable water strategy.
Web4Water brings you news of the Round Tables in these dedicated pages. See highlights via video podcast, read the magazine coverage in digital format or immerse yourself in the full 1.5 hour transcript via PDF.
Upcoming events in 2010 will tackle Smart Metering and Asset Management.
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Metering experts from the water and energy sectors met in London for a WWT Round Table about smart metering on 11 May, sponsored by engineering consultancy and business service provider Mouchel.
The cross-utility panel, which included representatives from Ofwat, Ofgem and Defra, discussed the question - "How should the water industry engage in the smart metering initiative?"
Although the energy industry is ahead of water with its 2020 Smart Metering Initiative, there is uncertainty about the direction it will take in both sectors. Some delegates were heartened to hear that the gap is not as wide as they thought and that there are opportunities to work together to deliver compatible communications infrastructure for the future.
Paul Hope, Ofwat's head of water resource economics, revealed that the regulator is leading on metering and has set up a Smart Meter Advisory Group, which includes representation from Ofgem and the water companies. Customer engagement is another area where the dialogue revealed that sharing cross-utility experiences can strengthen best practice.
Speaking after the event, Jason Brogden, representing the Energy Retail Association said, "Round tables like this can act as a very positive influence on the people who are responsible for programmes, for example, Ofgem and Ofwat, so it is very useful to get them round the table."
The Round Table will be published as a supplement to June's issue of WWT and on web4water.com as a digital edition. A short video podcast of the event can be seen on the website.