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Learn what the experts are saying at industry conferences about a wide range of natural water management issues.

The Importance of Appropriate Water Monitoring in Sand and Gravel Quarries
July 27, 2018

Our Senior Hydrologist, Deborah Thomas, was invited to speak at The Geological Society Contaminated Land and Groundwater Conference.

With 2018 being themed as the “Year of Resources”, this conference explored the role of the contaminated land specialist in management of risk to, and sustainable use of, our increasingly valuable land and groundwater resources.

In Deborah’s presentation, she discussed the importance of appropriate water monitoring in sand and gravel quarries. Due to their geological and geographical locations, sand and gravel quarries often have a complex relationship with their hydrogeological surroundings. In terms of site wide water monitoring, typically 10 suitably located and adequately monitored boreholes provide better hydrogeological and hydrological information than 30 poorly located monitoring points. Therefore, within quarries, adequate monitoring strategies are required to ensure productivity is maintained, whilst providing appropriate protection to the surrounding environment.

Removal of the Dewatering Exemptions
February 1, 2018

As the UK’s leading independent abstraction licensing and water management specialists, Envireau Water is heavily involved with supporting organisations in the quarrying industry to navigate the updated abstraction licensing regulations.

In January, nationally recognised expert in water management, James Dodds, delivered the first Institute of Quarrying (IQ) ‘lunch and learn’ webinar examining the transitional arrangements and new requirements for abstraction licensing.

During the bitesize session James covers:

  • The history
  • Regulations
  • Licence types
  • Transition arrangements & new activities
  • The application process
  • Evidence

Watch the webinar below:

The 5 W's of Hydrogeology
November 8, 2017

Our Senior Hydrogeologist, Deborah Thomas, attended the 2017 Geological Society Career & Industry Day to speak to students about what a career in Hydrogeology entails.

The Geological Society Career & Industry Day is an essential meeting place for geoscience students and the geoscience industry, and is the most recognised geoscience careers focused forum in the country.

Abstractor Case Study - Elveden Estate
October 9, 2017

At the 2017 Borehole Users Conference, Andrew Francis, a Senior Farm Manager at Elveden Estate told us about his experience of understanding data and how the organisation has benefitted from it.

Abstractor Case Study - Yorkshire Water
October 9, 2017

At the 2017 Borehole Users Conference, Mark Morton, a Senior Hydrogeologist at Yorkshire Water told us about his experience of understanding data and how the organisation has benefitted from it.

Abstractor Case Study - Montgomery Waters
October 9, 2017

At the 2017 Borehole Users Conference, Joe Watson, a Bottled Water Consultant for Montgomery Waters told us about his experience of understanding data and how the organisation has benefitted from it.

Water Flow Metering - What are the Options?
October 9, 2017

Knowing how much water you are abstracting and at what rate is critical in ensuring a sustainable supply, whether it is to provide data to the regulator; protect the environment; manage your abstraction system; or monitor and improve water use efficiency.

However, there are a wide range of water metering and flow measurement methods and options, each with advantages and disadvantages ranging from simple manually read in line cumulative flow meters, to sophisticated digital logging and recording meters.

At the 2017 Borehole Users Conference, Danny Ronson, Siemens, presented and discussed the range of metering and measurement solutions available, when and where they are applicable, as well as maintenance, verification and calibration issues.

Water Level Monitoring - Method in the Madness
October 9, 2017

If we are to understand how our borehole is performing, we need data to do it. A key piece of data is water level. Measurement of borehole water levels would seem simple, but Peter Dumble has been teaching people how to take measurements for decades and he remains astounded by the misconceptions that still exist. At the 2017 Borehole Users Conference, Peter discussed measurement method, tools and techniques.

It's All About the Data
October 9, 2017

Test pumping is not only important from a regulatory point of view, but invaluable from an everyday operational, monitoring and control viewpoint. “Every time you switch your pump on, you are doing a test”, Phil Ham, Envireau Water, has been heard saying. At the 2017 Borehole Users Conference, Phil explained how and why you use everyday data to understand what your well or borehole is doing.

Test Pumping - Why and How
October 9, 2017

Test pumping is an important part of the work required by the Environment Agency to support an abstraction licence. At the 2017 Borehole Users Conference, Diane Steele presented why the Environment Agency need test pumping data, the sort of data that they need and what they do with it. She placed this in the context of ensuring sustainable abstraction, protection of the environment and other abstractors—which could be you!

Borehole Design - Getting it Right
October 9, 2017

Dave Banks is the co-author of the seminal UK borehole design handbook “Waterwells & Boreholes”, a prolific scientific author, actor and musician. At the 2017 Borehole Users Conference he discussed the importance of good borehole design, the technical and scientific methods that can be used, and the benefits that good design brings to sustainable abstraction.

Addressing Environmental Issues in Cities - Water Management
July 11, 2017

Managing Director and Water Management Expert, James Dodds, spoke at the 2017 UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) Annual Conference about one of the most serious environmental issues facing modern cities – water management.

UKELA is the UK forum which aims to make the law work for a better environment and to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law.

Design of Schemes of Water Monitoring
March 2, 2017

James Dodds, Water Management Specialist and Managing Director of Envireau Water, was invited to speak at the highly interesting 2017 UKIA Spring Conference.

James discussed the importance of data gathering and analysis to support evidence-based water planning and conflict resolution.

Taint and Contaminant Problems - Causes and Prevention
November 20, 2016

The British Soft Drinks Association hosted a sell-out Bottled Waters Technical Workshop in parallel to the 2016 Borehole Users Conference.

Cheryl Walker from Britvic Soft Drinks focused on Taint and Contaminant Problems – Causes and Prevention.

Sampling and Testing Regimes For Bottled Waters
November 8, 2016

The British Soft Drinks Association hosted a sell-out Bottled Waters Technical Workshop in parallel to the 2016 Borehole Users Conference.

Josep Molas Page from The Coca-Cola Company focused on Sampling and Testing Regimes For Bottled Waters.

Packaging Concerns
November 8, 2016

The British Soft Drinks Association hosted a sell-out Bottled Waters Technical Workshop in parallel to the 2016 Borehole Users Conference.

David Syrett from David Syrett Packaging Consultancy focused on Packaging Concerns.

Microbiological Challenges
November 8, 2016

The British Soft Drinks Association hosted a sell-out Bottled Waters Technical Workshop in parallel to the 2016 Borehole Users Conference.

Dr Philip Adhurst from Dr P R Ashurst and Associates focused on Microbiological Challenges.

November 8, 2016

John Calder, Technical Director, Dura Pump Ltd delivered this presentation at the 2016 Borehole Users Conference.

John Calder from Dura Pump talks about “power”. This presentation covers topics such as the basics of power requirements for pumps; starting pumps and the different power requirements; controls from simple on/off to complex logic based systems; energy efficiency and the use of invertors.

November 8, 2016

Mark Webb, Area Sales Manager, Grundfos UK delivered this presentation at the 2016 Borehole Users Conference.

Mark Webb from Grundfos UK talks about the ins and outs of submersible pumps. He answers questions such as: How do pumps work? How are they controlled? Why do pumps fail? Which pump is the right pump? What’s a set point? What’s NPSH and why does it matter? As well as common errors and misconceptions in pump selection and installation.

Why It Matters To Independent Abstractors
November 8, 2016

Dr Phil Ham, Principal Hydrogeologist/Director, Envireau Water delivered this presentation at the 2016 Borehole Users Conference.

Envireau Water’s Dr Phil Ham returned to the conference, by popular demand, to put what was learnt from the previous two speakers into the perspective of the independent water abstractor. Whether they are mineral water bottlers or manufacturers, farmers or brewers, knowing where the water comes from, how it might be at risk from themselves and others, and how it can be protected is an important part of looking after and understanding the important asset that is their borehole.

Defining Catchments – How To Do It
November 8, 2016

James Dodds, Managing Director of Envireau Water delivered this presentation of behalf of Alastair Black from Groundwater Science Ltd at the 2016 Borehole Users Conference.

This presentation looks at how catchments are defined in practice. Simple methods (as simple as a pair of compasses) are covered as well as methods used by water companies and the Environment Agency using complex regional computer models.

Download the presentation or alternatively, Alastair Black recorded himself delivering his presentation which is available in dropbox here.

Public Water Supplies - Managing Boreholes, Managing Catchments
November 8, 2016

Mike Packman, Chief Hydrogeologist at Southern Water delivered this presentation at the 2016 Borehole Users Conference.

Public water supplies represent about 80% of groundwater abstraction in England and Wales. That’s a lot of water. Understanding where the water comes from that supplies any particular borehole is critical to water companies in order that they can satisfy themselves that their abstractions are sustainable both in terms of quantity and quality. Mike Packman is a hydrogeologist with over 40 years’ experience in managing boreholes in the public water supply sector. He provides insight on the issues important to the public supply sector and how these impact on borehole design and operation.

Water for Breweries
May 17, 2016

Dr Phil Ham, Director and Principal Hydrogeologist of Envireau Water, attended a fantastic event at multi-award winning Salopian Brewery, Shrewsbury on the 4th May.

Organised by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling UK Midland Section, over 30 brewers and others in the brewing supply chain gathered for an evening entailing networking, a tour of the Salopian Brewing Company’s new 80hL brewery, a presentation from Dr Ham, and of course, a taste of beer. Phil’s presentation took a basic look at understanding boreholes, the benefits of groundwater for brewers, along with the common problems with boreholes.

Borehole Sources - Drinking Water Quality Regulation
November 5, 2015

Rupert Dixon from the Drinking Water Inspectorate closed our Borehole Users Conference with an presentation which included an explanation of the role of the DWI, the regulatory framework for water quality and the regulations surrounding borehole construction and water quality.

Download the presentation by clicking the icon on the right hand side.

French Standardisation of Boreholes
November 8, 2015

We were very fortunate to be able to welcome two representatives from AFNOR to our Borehole Users Conference to talk to us about their experiences in creating a water well standard in France. Claire Chague and Benjamin Laurent gave us a fascinating insight into the process they went through and the stakeholder involvement.

Benefitting Through Borehole Design
November 8, 2015

Phil Ham, closed the morning session of our Borehole Users Conference with a talk covering types of boreholes, design fundamentals and construction standards. He also outlined common water quality problems and possible solutions using a range of practical examples.

The Role of the Environmental Laboratory
November 8, 2015

Nick Barsby of ALS Environmental Ltd, outlined the role of the laboratory at our Borehole Users Conference. He explained how sampling is a crucial element in risk management and explained the stages involved in chemical analysis. He also outlined how you can work with the lab to ensure the most accurate results.

Water Quality & Chemistry
November 8, 2015

Dave Banks of Holymoor Consultancy Ltd opened our Borehole Users Conference with a fascinating presentation on Water Quality and Chemistry. His presentation dealt with the characteristics of water in relation to its suitability for a proposed use with an emphasis on inorganic water chemistry. His presentation was very well received and generated some great questions from the floor.

Deep System Hydrogeology
March 9, 2015

Phil Ham presented his views on Deep System Hydrogeology at Shale UK 2015. The key concepts discussed were deep hydrogeology versus shallow hydrogeology; the terminology used; hydrostratigraphic layers including conceptual models and the issues associated with deep system hydrogeology.

The Whirligig of Hydrogeological Time
October 9, 2014

James Dodds presented at the East Midlands Group of the Geological Society on the evening of 8 October. He gave a talk titled “The Whirligig of Hydrogeological Time” which discussed his thoughts about the cycles that he has experienced in hydrogeological science and what that may mean for the future. The presentation was well received and many interesting questions were posed following the talk.

Water Footprinting
September 2, 2014

Envireau Water’s Ella Pendleton presented a poster at the IBD’s Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference in September. The poster explores the fact that the concept of using water footprinting to understand global freshwater usage and sustainability has been gaining momentum over the last decade. Interest in water footprinting has been renewed recently by the publication of the first International Standard for water footprinting.

Ella’s presentation gives an overview of developing a Water Availability Footprint and how to use the results as a tool to manage water related risks.

Beer & Hydrogeology
June 18, 2014

Envireau Water gave a presentation on sourcing, composition and security of water supply at a seminar hosted by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling entitled:“How does the Brewhouse cope with changing raw materials?” The event took place on April 18 at the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham.

Decommissioning Wells and Boreholes
June 4, 2014

Envireau Water’s Alastair Rose has created the attached poster looking at the importance of decommissioning wells and boreholes.

The poster discusses the fact that boreholes and wells inevitably become redundant when brownfield sites, once used for industrial or commercial purposes, are redeveloped or when domestic properties have mains water connected.