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
CIWEM's work on water management is coordinated through 3
technical panels: Water Resources, Water Supply and Quality and
CIWEM's Water Management Activities
Blueprint for Carbon Emissions Reduction in the UK Water
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
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
CIWEM's recommendations include the need for a shared vision
supported by new ways of working, new skills, and leadership.
|Supporting this report is a case study
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.
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
Read more in the Making the
Case for metering document.
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