Borehole Users Conference Established as Essential Forum
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November 13, 2018

Last week, Envireau Water hosted their 6th Borehole Users Conference – an event which has established itself as the essential forum for anyone who uses, manages, owns or plans to develop a private water supply.

This year’s conference explored the wide range of regulations that affect water supply boreholes and how they relate to each other. With changes to some regulations taking place in 2018 and some industries facing abstraction licensing for the first time, we felt it was important to bring industry experts together to explain.

We made exciting changes to the format of the Borehole Users Conference this year to include interactive workshop sessions and a conference social, which proved to be successful. The excellent line-up of speakers included:

James Dodds, Water Management Specialist and Chairperson of Envireau Water shared his 20 years of securing licences.

Estelle Nma and Apanasionok, Permitting Officers at the Environment Agency talked through the standard process for obtaining an abstraction licence.

Marco Baglioni, a Senior Scientist from SEPA spoke about how the abstraction licensing system is different in Scotland compared to England.

David Ball, Hydrogeologist spoke on behalf of Boode UK about the importance of regulation and quality standards for borehole construction materials.

Our first afternoon workshop focused on the changes to the Private Water Supplies  (PWS) Regulations. Richard Phillips, Inspector at the Drinking Water Inspectorate updated delegates on the key changes  and the implications for owners and operators.

Gillian Plaice, an Environmental Health Officer at Northumberland County Council provided a real life overview of what the new regulations mean in practical terms, how the people on the ground are interpreting and implementing the regulations, and the pitfalls to avoid.

By talking through the brewing cycle and how raw water is modified by the brewing process Alan Dunn, the Former Head Brewer at Black Sheep Brewery revealed the important chemical and microbiological constituents that Environmental Health Officers should be monitoring in raw water from a human health perspective.

Edward Gibson, the Master Distiller at Burleighs Gin explained the distilling process, how it differs from brewing and what Environmental Health Officers need to worry about.

We were thrilled to have partnered up with the British Soft Drinks Association who ran a second afternoon workshop focusing on the Bottled Water Regulations. Julia Carter, a Regulatory Affairs Manager at AG Barr explored the regulations in detail.

Miguel Arranz, a Technical & Policy Advisor from the Food Standards Team at Defra discussed how exiting the EU will affect Natural Mineral Waters recognition.

Helen Kelleher, Water & Environment Manager at Zenith Global looked at what is involved if you are interested in exporting your bottled water brand to the US.

Tony Lord, a Principal Chemist at Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Ltd discussed the regulatory issues surrounding PET.

During refreshment breaks and lunch, delegates had the chance to browse our highly acclaimed trade exhibition covering drillers, pump and equipment suppliers, laboratory services, geophysics, monitoring equipment and more.


“A varied and interesting day with presentations from excellent speakers – highly recommend.”

“A very useful and interesting conference . I very much enjoyed the day.”

“I had a really enjoyable day! An excellent chance to network and learn about various aspects of borehole construction and use.”

“Great networking opportunity to meet interesting people with similar needs and concerns.”

” The usual excellent and informative day. The Borehole Users Conference always manages to deliver a wide range of diverse and worthwhile information.”

“Great conference covering a good range of topics. I will recommend to all my colleagues to attend next year.”


All the presentations are now available in the Envireau Knowledge section of our website. Envireau Knowledge is hosted by Envireau Water. It provides a forum for sharing and allows you to access an invaluable range of information and analysis, and the best part is…it’s totally FREE.