Water Management Working Group

EIC Chair, Chris Hoggart, MWH 

The EIC’s Water Management Working Group represents all sectors of the Water Industry’s supply chain. Members of the Group include manufacturers and suppliers of effluent and water treatment and control systems, chemical suppliers, biotechnology companies, contractors, consultants, environmental laboratories, solicitors and many more.
The Group works to improve the business potential for its members by influencing UK and EU water-related legislation and regulation – particularly the Water Bill, the Flood & Water Management Act, EU Water Framework Directive, and ongoing monitoring of River Basin Management Plans – and other aspects of water management including the implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and the impending National Standards and the monitoring of Combined Sewer Overflows.

The Group’s key focus beyond water quality, environmental protection, and the mitigation of flood risk, is the ongoing commercial health of the Water Industry’s supply chain. The water sector is more volatile than most, with a regular and consistent ‘boom and bust’ investment profile (relating to the five-yearly AMP cycle), which leads to regular redundancies and the migration of highly skilled workers to other, more stable sectors. EIC has for many years been the lead voice for the supply chain, lobbying the Government to introduce policies which would smooth out this volatility thereby ensuring our Member Companies are better able to plan their resources. We have seen great success, most recently culminating in a joint solutions report by Infrastructure UK (part of HM Treasury) and Ofwat. 

Beyond this, the Group is also involved – in collaboration with other EIC specialist policy Working  Groups  – in lobbying for easier and cheaper access to environmental data, which is often prohibitively expensive and difficult to obtain in a usable format. 

Issues currently being discussed: 
  • Smoothing of ‘boom and bust’ investment cycle in the water sector
  • Implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems and the National Standards
  • Role of water management in smart cities
  • Water quality and the EU Water Framework Directive (including Priority Substances)
  • River Basin Management Plans
  • Easier access to environmental data
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Upcoming Events
June 14
EIC Contaminated Land Working Group Meeting Central London
14 Jun 2017, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
June 14
EIC Environmental Labs Working Group Central London
14 Jun 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
June 20
Air Quality Working Group Meeting Central London
20 Jun 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM