Knightbridge, J. and Nineham, N., Mott MacDonald, UK(free)
Across the water and wastewater industry, the AMP7 WINEP phosphorus challenge will require investment that could eclipse other environmental obligations. Addressing this programme will require thinking outside of usual processes, teams and organisational boundaries.
There is a clear opportunity to reduce totex in developing alternative, or complimentary solutions such as nutrient balancing and flexible permitting. Wider still there is an opportunity for additional benefits to customers, the environment, the climate, and in understanding solutions for emerging contaminants. As well as addressing the WINEP, these approaches align with Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan, Ofwat’s challenge for the water sector to implement and innovate with catchment and natural solutions and in Wales, the principles of sustainable management of natural resources including ‘working at the catchment scale’ and harnessing ‘nature-based solutions’.
To enable this change in thinking we need to consider new tools, new relationships and new solutions for tackling what may historically be perceived as an engineering problem.
Primarily considering the AMP7 wastewater programme this presentation will relate these drivers to practical catchment, permitting and nature-based solutions that can address multiple WINEP drivers using project examples and lessons learnt from studies for Welsh Water, Anglian Water, Southern Water and Severn Trent Water.
Key themes: Wastewater Management, Phosphorus Balancing, Flexible Permitting, WINEP, Natural Capital, Stakeholder Working, Integrated Catchment Solutions
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