Assessing the Resilience of Public Water Supplies in Scotland
Tuesday 7th February 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The resilience of a water supply system is its capacity to maintain essential services under extreme
circumstances, such as those caused by extreme weather, climate change, or catastrophic asset failure.
Most of Scottish Water’s customers have never experienced a severe disruption to their water supply,
yet, based on customer research, the avoidance of long term interruptions to water supply is ranked by
customers as their top priority for service improvement.
In its SR15 Business Plan, Scottish Water proposed to spend almost £55 million on improving the
resilience of supplies. The plan also included a commitment to undertake detailed investigations of
critical assets/systems to understand their capability to deal with extreme events.
This presentation will provide an introduction to the methodology Scottish Water has developed to
assess the resilience of its supply systems, what these studies tell us about the response of our systems
to a wide range of potential threats, and the next steps in terms of the development of investment and
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Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, St Marys Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SU
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Will Carroll (Scottish Water), Tim Darlow (MWH/m2)