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The Need for Water Sector Innovation

In the coming years, the combined effects of climate change and a growing population will put increasing pressures on our rivers, lakes and aquifers. Droughts may become more commonplace, changing rainfall patterns could affect our river flows and make it harder for groundwater reserves to be replenished. More intense rainfall will increase the likelihood of surface water flooding, leading to pollution of our water bodies and damaging property and livelihoods.

The UK is a world leader in water innovation. Innovation has delivered significant improvements to customer service, the environment and financing. However the sector now faces new challenges which threaten the sustainability of these critical services over the long term. These challenges require new or better approaches. Constrained water resources here and abroad create opportunities for ambitious companies with innovative ideas.

Water Sector Innovation Leadership Group

The Water Sector Innovation Leadership Group (WSILG) was set up jointly by Defra and Ofwat to provide leadership and direction to innovation across the Water Sector. The group aims to encourage the sector to value innovation by providing mechanisms that encourage partnerships, stimulate investment and help establish an environment that nurtures progressive innovation to deliver enhanced end-user experience. The WSILG has representatives from Defra, BIS, Ofwat, UK Water Research and Innovation Partnership (UKWRIP), Environment Agency, UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR), Society of British Water and Wastewater Industries (SBWWI), Anglian Water, Severn Trent Water, Thames Water and British Water.

Aims of the Water Sector Innovation Leadership Group

To encourage the water sector to value innovation by providing mechanisms that encourage partnerships, stimulate investment and help establish an environment that nurtures progressive innovation to deliver enhanced end-user experience.