Jan 11, 2019
Over 100 delegates attended British Water’s inaugural Women in Water event held in London on 27 November 2018. The event sold out weeks in advance and attendees heard career advice from water industry leaders and took advantage of the opportunity to network at the highest level.
Advising anyone wanting to advance their career, she delivered a tough message: “Doing your job well is not enough, you’re going to have to stand out and do things outside your remit that make a difference. Mottram recommended building as big a base as possible by moving jobs and trying different things.
“You’re going to have to move at a bit of pace, be brave,” she said. “I was moving jobs every two-and-a-bit years and always doing more than was needed.”
Kate Davies, chief operating officer, EU Skills, revealed the stark gender gap in the UK water industry where only 20% of the workforce is female against a national average of 47 per cent. This actually compares favourably with other utilities where the figure is 17 per cent. “Water is ahead, and we’re going in the right direction,” she said, pointing to a glacial 2% shift over 10 years.
“My mentors were great,” she said, “they could see the value I brought and what I could offer a team. It’s a really important role for men to recognise the qualities we bring,” she said.
Karen Dingley, head of mining & water services at WSP told a similar story about the mining industry where she might be the only woman on isolated sites around the world. She urged women in the water industry to “Get into schools, encourage girls to get into maths and science.”
Looking ahead Thompson said, “I’d like to see even more interaction and more practical advice at future Women in Water events. Also, this is an event for men and women, so I would like more men to join future events. Men are critical in helping women on that journey, as we’ve heard today, and where women are in leadership roles, the relationships will be reciprocated.”
Jan 23, 2019
Reclamation has released a study that shows how the ten partnership tribes currently use their water, projects how future water development could occur and describes the potential effects of future tribal water development on the Colorado River.
Jan 22, 2019
The BMBF project "IWRM Zayandeh Rud" was successfully completed and celebrated with the opening of a German-Iranian training center.
Jan 21, 2019
Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, announced plans to partner with Imagine H2O, a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs build and scale solutions to solve the world’s water challenges.
Jan 18, 2019
New Jersey American Water was recognized by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as one of this year’s recipients of the annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards. Recipients were recognized earlier at a luncheon held at the New Jersey ...
Jan 17, 2019
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) introduced parameters for the use of indoor recycled water. Developed for the benefit of water utilities to ensure that plumbing products function as intended by manufacturers, the water quality limits provide recommended ranges on 13 different ...
Jan 16, 2019
WinCan, a market leader in sewer asset management software and inspection data storage, released a reference guide for PACP 7 structural defect codes. This poster groups structural sewer defects by category, illustrates how they look within pipelines, and lists the ...
Jan 15, 2019
Itron, Inc., which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, signed a contract with the City of Waco, Texas to install Itron’s OpenWay® Riva IoT solution, including smart water communication modules and leak sensors, to reduce ...
Jan 14, 2019
Pipeline Renewal Technologies (PRT) released a white paper discussing the components and complexities of cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) liners. CIPP involves curing liners directly inside the pipe. This method repairs damaged pipes with a liner that, essentially, becomes a new, jointless pipe ...
Jan 10, 2019
As part of the EU project "Integrated aquaculture based on sustainable water recirculating system for the Victoria Lake Basin (VicInAqua)", a pilot plant for (waste) water treatment for sustainable fish farming was officially opened on 23 November 2018 in Kisumu, ...
Jan 09, 2019
Since 2015, the international competition "the ITA Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards" seeks and rewards the most ground-breaking innovation and outstanding projects in tunnelling and underground space utilization. Last year the event took place in China, Nanjing. After editions in ...
Jan 08, 2019
Sewers are a front-line defense for public health and the environment, but they're hidden from sight. Even so, explaining their value and operation is essential to building public support and securing funding.
Jan 07, 2019
Global pipeline infrastructure company Aquam Technologies has strengthened its UK team for industrial and commercial markets with three senior appointments in 2018. Stuart Henderson has been appointed Director - Industrial & Commercial and is heading up Aquam’s UK growth strategy ...