RICS Water Conference
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RICS Water Conference

Join leading experts from water companies, regulators and government bodies as we discuss and debate the future of the water sector and the role of surveyors can play in making the industry more resilient.

When: Tuesday, 19 November 2019
9:00 - 17:10
Where: Marriott Leicester
Smith Way
Grove Park Enderby
Leicester LE19 1SW
United Kingdom

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The water sector faces enormous challenges in the form of population growth, climate change and urbanisation. It is now more crucial than ever for the industry to come together to build resilience so that the water sector can continue to deliver for future generations. The RICS Water Conference comes back for a second edition and will bring together leading professionals to debate and discuss the role that surveyors can play in making the water industry more resilient.

Building on the success of the launch event last year, this full day conference will take a closer look at the government’s 25-year environment plan, natural infrastructure schemes in practice, water abstraction regimes and riparian rights. 

What is the current water situation in the UK and how do we ensure our reservoir levels and storage capacity will meet water demand and consumption in the future? What are the roles and responsibilities of water companies and how are they working to increase resilience in the sector? These are some of the questions that will be covered at the RICS Water Conference 2019.



  • Delivering long term environmental improvement
    Get to grips with the scope and ambition of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, a summary of key targets and how can the rural profession help leave the environment in a better place for future generations.
  • Natural Infrastructure Schemes in Practice
    Explore new markets for flood alleviation and water quality, how these lead to income streams for farmers and landowners and how well such schemes are working on the ground.
  • Water abstraction, farming and irrigation
    The Government is currently planning to reform water abstraction regime to protect the environment and improve access to water. Find out what the upcoming changes are, how and when they will be implemented and the overall approach to irrigation and farming.
  • Know your riparian rights
    Case law has shaped what rights riparian owners have over the use of water within a river or watercourses. This session will look closely at the latest case law, riparian owners’ rights and responsibilities and what impact these have on landowners.
  • Dams and water management
    The environmental challenges we face are unprecedent and the resulting implications and impact on people, property and land are quite significant. This session will take a closer look at the importance of dams in water management and what it takes to spot structural defects and maintain safe infrastructure. 
  • Current water situation in the UK
    Gain an overview of the current water use, demand and consumption in the UK and appreciate future water challenges and what can be done to overcome these.
  • Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS)
    Flood risks need to be taken into consideration when planning for new development. Understand how SuDS have been implemented in residential development and recognise the long-term environmental benefits.
  • Roles and responsibilities of water companies
    What are the roles and responsibilities of water companies and how can working in partnership increase resilience? Hear from a local water company as they delve further into the subject matter with some practical case studies and lessons learnt along the way.


To find out more and book your place, please click here


The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are a professional body licensed by the Society for the Environment to award Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)status 


Professional bodies licensed to award the Chartered Environmentalist registration:

Society for the Environment
EC1.1 Enterprise Centre, Puma Way 
Coventry, West Midlands CV1 2TT.
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