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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110   Fax: 020 7405 4967

Water Management

Water is essential for life yet it can also be life-threatening. It is central to almost everything that we do, to our physical as well as our mental wellbeing. And yet it can be grossly undervalued. Slowly the extent of its importance is becoming recognised and the need for better management will only increase as we face the challenges climate change will bring. Water is truly one of our most valuable resources and must be better managed as such.

CIWEM's work on water management is coordinated through 3 technical panels: Water Resources, Water Supply and Quality and Wastewater Management.



CIWEM's Water Management Activities



A Blueprint for Carbon Emissions Reduction in the UK Water Industry 

The UK water industry is a large consumer of energy and emitter of carbon, much of which is associated with the electricity it uses, though it also makes significant direct emissions.  As an industry it is also well placed to become a significant generator of renewable energy, mostly through maximising the potential of biogas generation from wastewater biosolids (sewage sludge) through anaerobic digestion. 

This report offers an analysis of where the main opportunities for carbon emissions reduction lie for the industry

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Integrated Water Management (IWM) 
IWM should be a process whereby human interventions can work within the natural water system, rather than disrupting it in ways that are ultimately unsustainable.

IWM principles can be applied to good effect to produce more integrated analysis and solutions that may be more efficient and more effective than traditional reductionist approaches. This report shows many examples of these principles being applied at different scales with varying ambitions for the degree of integration. 

CIWEM's recommendations include the need for a shared vision supported by new ways of working, new skills, and leadership.

Integrated Water Management
Supporting this report is a case study document.  


Regulation for a Sustainable Water Industry 
CIWEM believes a wide-reaching review of the governance of the water industry is needed now to ensure that our use of water is sustainable in the long term and particularly in respect of environmental limits. Notwithstanding the successes achieved in the delivery of water and sewerage services in the last two decades, the structure, regulation and management of the water sector needs to be considered afresh if the challenges of the future, from population growth, climate change and environmental management are to be met. This report outlines CIWEM's vision for a sustainable water industry and includes features that we hope will be considered in any future regulatory reviews.

Regulation for a Sustainable Water Industry


Fairness on Tap 

CIWEM has joined the coalition, Fairness on Tap, calling for a fair deal for water customers and the water environment. Fairness on Tap is calling for the Government to set out a strategy to install water meters in at least 80 percent of home is England by 2020. This must be supported by fair tariffs to make water bills affordable for everyone, help to reduce water waste and protect the freshwater environment.

Read more in the Making the Case for metering document.


Making the case for metering

Fairness on Tap is made up of CIWEM, the Angling Trust, Association of Rivers Trusts, Buglife, Great British Refurb, National Trust, RSPB, Salmon and Trout Association, Waterwise, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Wildlife Trusts and WWF-UK.



Click on the page links and documents to find information resources on the Water Framework Directive and Water Reuse and the CIWEM Manifesto.


Policy Position Statements

These are available to download in pdf format from the policy position statement page


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    Chartered Institution of Water and
    Environmental Management (CIWEM)

    106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
    Tel: 020 7831 3110   Fax: 020 7405 4967