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River quality in the UK: are there any lessons for New Zealand?

Event organised by ICE

24 October 2023
17:30 - 19:00 NST (GMT+12)
100 Beaumont Street
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand

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The Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee caried out an inquiry into the state of the rivers in England and Wales. It reported in January 2022 and since then river water quality has been hitting the headlines on a regular basis. Criticism is generally focused on the water companies for their lack of investment in sewerage and sewage treatment assets.

However, the problem is far more complicated, and more parties are involved than just the water companies. The report called for action from everyone: government, regulators, water companies and agriculture. Local authorities and Highways authorities also have a part to play.

This presentation will review the audit report and work that has been carried out since that time to understand and address the problem. This presentation will also look at how New Zealand can learn from the problems the UK has faced.


Jo Parker

Jo Parker

Institute of Water

Vice president

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Jo Parker

Jo Parker is a chartered civil engineer and has worked in the water industry for nearly 50 years. She has held a variety of roles with UK water companies up to Director. She has also worked in other countries as varied as Afghanistan and Australia. She was awarded the MBE by the Queen in 1994 for services to the water industry.