CaBA Startup Conference 06 - Can CaBA work with the water industry?


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CaBA Startup Conference 06 - Can CaBA work with the water industry?

  1. 1. Can CaBA work with the water industry? Lu Gilfoyle Anglian Water Catchment Based Approach Partnerships f or Action
  2. 2. Can CaBA work with the Water Industry? Clive Harward & Lu Gilfoyle, Anglian Water
  3. 3. Why the water industry is interested in a catchment based approach • Our raw product • A changing world – – – – Climate change Growth Customer expectations Economic pressures • Science & Technology • Legislative & Policy change • Non treatable substances
  4. 4. Chemical Threat Metals and solvents from industry, pesticides and chemicals from agriculture are generally toxic to aquatic life and may bio accumulate in the human food chain. Their removal places additional challenges on the treatment process Surface Water (oceans, rivers & lakes) Susceptible to contamination from run off from the land and highways drains and sewage discharges Microbiological Threat Bacteria, viruses and protozoa present in the water can cause illness. Their effective removal through water treatment is expensive but vital Ground Water (aquifers) Susceptible to contamination by pesticides and harmful substances such as fuel seeping through soil Oxygen depletion Nutrient Threat Nutrients from sewage discharges, soil run-off and fertiliser use can cause excessive weed growth and algal blooms. These can be harmful to aquatic life and some also release toxins Biodegradable contamination results in an increased population of microbes that use up the oxygen and cause damage to wildlife Particulates Anaerobic conditions Some pollutants settle and form silt in water bodies. The build up can be harmful to aquatic life but may also shelter harmful bacteria and viruses Once the oxygen is low, anaerobic microorganisms flourish. Many produce harmful toxins such as ammonia
  5. 5. The ‘traditional approach’ in the water industry
  6. 6. Recognition of the need to change • Traditional solutions are unlikely to continue to be sustainable in the long term • Many of the issues we face are highly complex and need a collaborative approach to solve them • There is greater awareness of the need to change by customers, stakeholders and regulators
  7. 7. So what has changed … • Water Framework Directive (2003) – Directives: Bathing Water, Drinking Water, Shellfish Water, Urban Waste Water, IPPC, Pesticides, Nitrates, Groundwater, Surface Water, Dangerous Substances and Fish Water. • Objectives; – No deterioration – Good status by 2027 • Status = (chemical + ecological status) / ecological potential • High, good, moderate, poor & bad status
  8. 8. WFD Article 7 Article 7 requires Member States to: • ensure the necessary protection of water bodies identified for drinking water abstraction with the aim of avoiding deterioration in their quality in order to reduce the level of treatment .
  9. 9. Anglian Water – CaBA commitment • Hosted pilot – River Wissey – Full time Project Officer – Data and technical support – Maintain to 2015 • Co-host with Rivers Trust – Cam and Ely Ouse Management Catchment
  10. 10. The benefits of a CaBA approach • Deliver customer expectations more sustainably and efficiently • Maximise resource efficiency • Prevent rather than cure – tackle the root cause • Collaborative rather than confrontational approach • Maximise synergies, economic and amenity benefits • Meet UK legal obligations However requires trust and a fair allocation of risk
  11. 11. Partnership working case study • Blockages caused by “unflushables” & FOG • Understand customer behaviours and attitudes towards disposal • Targeted messages and delivery • 83% reduction in blockages • Community awareness and positive attitude to waste disposal • 41% of people surveyed had „changed their behaviours‟ • Increased understanding that blockages are a shared responsibility