£8.2 million invested to support water treatment and technologies
The government has recently invested £8.2million to support advances in water treatment and technologies, through research at Cranfield University and their Water Science Institute.
It’s hoped the investment in conjunction with the Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) will develop industrial scale test facilities, with extended access to on site waste water, and storm water treatment.
This comes at a time when the recent flooding in the north of England is causing huge damage to people’s homes, and new research by the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) projecting future flood risk in the UK by the 2050s suggests that nearly half a million more homes are going to be at a significant risk of flooding (Sayers and Partners). It feels ever more crucial to progress with future technologies and develop even better low energy treatments and monitoring, including development of repair techniques which are less disruptive to customers.
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
This week the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) will aim to create a new international agreement to keep global warming below 2°C.
Professor Paul Jeffrey, Professor of Water Management at Cranfield, stated “Our expertise in water science is already well established and these facilities will allow us to advance our understanding of water infrastructure further.”
Outside national security and medicine, this is one of the largest collaborative research projects in the UK. The work aims to provide a knowledge base to ensure the future functioning of the UK’s infrastructure.
Professor Brian Collins, Chairman of the UKCRIC Coordination from University College London, stated UKCRIC were “creating long-term partnerships between the people who build our infrastructure, the people who regulate and fund it, the people who own and operate it and those of us who study how it works and is used.”
Clearwater Technology look forward to finding out more about the advances this investment will make into water technologies and the effect it may have on the industry and the UK.