Water Ireland Conference 2021

Thursday 22nd - Friday 23rd April 2021 • Online Conference

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The Water Ireland Conference 2021 will bring together all the key stakeholders of the water services sector on the island of Ireland. The delivery of water services is a critical part of our infrastructure, which has been underlined by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The conference will bring together a panel of expert speakers, including a number of visiting speakers who will share best practice from outside the island. The objective is to create a genuine in-depth understanding of the developments in the water sector and to look to its future development.

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Location

Online

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Time

From 09:00
Thursday 22nd - Friday 23rd April 2021

The conference will look at the key challenges facing the sector:

  • Investment in water and wastewater networks to support economic growth;
  • Delivering large capital projects;
  • The impact of climate change on water resources;
  • Addressing network loss rate and reducing leakage;
  • Innovation in wastewater services;
  • Making the water and wastewater networks more resilient to extreme weather events;
  • Future outlook for the water services sector.

Who Should attend

  • Senior managers in water services
  • Contractors and suppliers in the water sector
  • Policy makers and other Government agencies
  • Local Government
  • Legal and financial advisors
  • Large water users
  • Environmental NGOs
  • Environment managers/consultants
  • Project developers
  • Regulatory authorities

Confirmed

Speakers

Darragh O’Brien TD

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Nichola Mallon MLA

Minister for Infrastructure

Niall Gleeson

Managing Director
Irish Water

Sara Venning

Chief Executive
Northern Ireland Water

Angela Ryan

Water Resources Strategy Specialist
Irish Water

Tanya Hedley

Director of Networks
Utility Regulator

Neil Walker

Head of Infrastructure, Energy and Environment
Ibec

Sinead O’Brien

Network Coordinator
Sustainable Water Network

Carla Chiaretti

Head of Policy
EurEau

Jeremy Heath

Innovation Manager
SES Water

Professor Conor Murphy

Department of Geography
Maynooth University

Professor Tom Collins

Chair
An Fóram Uisce

Feargal Ó Coigligh

Assistant Secretary
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Trudy Higgins

Policy Officer, DG Environment
European Commission

David Lonergan

National Leakage Manager
Irish Water

Damien O’Mullan

Head of Energy
Northern Ireland Water

Ronan Larkin

Finance & Regulation Director
Northern Ireland Water

Brian Sheehan

Head of Asset Delivery
Irish Water

Gerry O’Donoghue

Wastewater Asset Planning Lead
Irish Water

Paul McGowan

Commissioner
Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Eamon Gallen

General Manager
Irish Water

Mary Gurrie

Water Programme Manager
Environmental Protection Agency

Neil Walker

Technical Director
Atkins

Event Programme

Day 1

09.00

Owen McQuade
Managing Editor
eolas magazine

Chair’s welcome and introduction

09.05

Darragh O’Brien, TD
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS: Protecting and improving Ireland’s water resources

Nichola Mallon, MLA
Minister for Infrastructure

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS: Sustainable water: A long-term water strategy for Northern Ireland

Niall Gleeson
Managing Director
Irish Water

Transforming the delivery of water services

Sara Venning
Chief Executive
Northern Ireland Water

Water infrastructure: Supporting sustainable economic growth

Questions & answers / panel discussion

10.45

Comfort break

ECONOMIC REGULATORY OUTLOOK

11.00

Paul McGowan
Commissioner
Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Regulatory outlook: Supporting investment in Irish water infrastructure

Tanya Hedley
Director of Networks
Utility Regulator

Regulatory outlook for the water network in Northern Ireland

Questions & answers / panel discussion

11.45

Comfort Break

INFRASTRUCTURE FOR GROWTH

12.00

Neil Walker
Technical Director
Atkins

Enterprise Integration to transform asset management

PANEL DISCUSSION: PROVIDING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR GROWTH

Neil Walker, Head of Infrastructure, Energy and Environment, Ibec

Odran Madden, Managing Director, Coffey (Invited)

Neil Walker, Technical Director, Atkins

Brian Sheehan, Head of Asset Delivery, Irish Water

13:15

LUNCH

WATER RESOURCES AND NETWORKS

14.00

David Lonergan
National Leakage Manager
Irish Water

Reducing network leakage

PANEL DISCUSSION: WATER RESOURCES

Angela Ryan, Water Resources Strategy Specialist, Irish Water

Jeremy Heath, Innovation Manager, SES Water

David Lonergan, National Leakage Manager, Irish Water

15.00

Comfort break

WASTEWATER AND WATER QUALITY

15.15

Trudy Higgins
Policy Officer, DG Environment
European Commission

European water policy: wastewater treatment and water quality

presented by Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Innovation in wastewater services

Mary Gurrie
Water Programme Manager
Environmental Protection Agency

Water quality in Ireland

Questions & answers / panel discussion

PANEL DISCUSSION: WASTEWATER AND WATER QUALITY

Mary Gurrie, Water Programme Manager, Environmental Protection Agency

Sinead O’Brien, Network Coordinator, Sustainable Water Network (SWAN)

Gerry O’Donoghue, Wastewater Asset Planning Lead, Irish Water

17.00

Day one close

Event Programme

Day 2

09.00

Owen McQuade
Managing Editor
eolas magazine

Chair’s welcome and introduction

CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABILITY

09.05

Professor Conor Murphy
Department of Geography
NUI Maynooth

Impact of climate change on Irish water sources

Damien O’Mullan
Head of Energy
Northern Ireland Water

Sustainable energy use in delivering water services

Questions & answers / panel discussion

10.30

Comfort break

FUTURE OF THE WATER SECTOR


11.00

Carla Chiaretti
Head of Policy
EurEau

10 challenges for water utilities over the next decade

PANEL DISCUSSION: PROVIDING FUTURE PROOFED WATER SERVICES

Feargal Ó Coigligh, Assistant Secretary, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Professor Tom Collins, Chair, An Fóram Uisce

Eamon Gallen, General Manager, Irish Water

Ronan Larkin, Finance and Regulation Director, Northern Ireland Water

Carla Chiaretti, Head of Policy, EurEau

12:30

CHAIRMAN’S CONCLUDING REMARKS AND CONFERENCE CLOSE

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a limited number of available sponsorship opportunities at this conference which will be of interest to companies and organisations with products or services they wish to promote. For further information on sponsorship and speaking opportunities and how your organisation can benefit, contact Jillian Wallace on +353 (0)1 661 3755 or email jillian.wallace@eolasmagazine.ie.

Conference format

The Water Ireland Conference 2021 will be using an online platform that will allow speakers and delegates to follow the normal structure of a conference.

This will include:

  • Chair and speakers on screen during the session
  • Speakers will present with slides and video
  • A Q&A session with delegates being able to post questions, moderated by the chair
  • A chat facility for delegates to network and make comments
  • A twitter feed to be visible to all participants
  • A ‘handout’ facility will allow delegates to receive relevant documentation
  • IT support for delegates throughout the event
  • Access to speaker presentations after the conference

Water Ireland Conference 2021

Registration

Delegate fee:

€145
+ VAT @ 23% =€178.35

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