Water sector leaders have stressed the need for long-term thinking and a collaborative approach to tackling the challenges the industry faces. Utility Week gauged the views of South West Water, Bristol and Ofwat among others.
The University of Sheffield’s Professor Tony Conway, a non-executive director of both British Water and the Water Industry Forum, writes about the two organisations’ recently-announced decision to pool their resources.
The impact of lockdown is expected to still be felt by members of the supply chain into 2021, according to a British Water survey that shows a third of companies anticipate revenues to be reduced in the next six to 12 months
Many businesses that supply goods and services to the water sector had to furlough staff during lockdown and a quarter had to make redundancies according to British Water's Lila Thompson who described the serious impact on the supply chain
Tania Flasck, director of consultancy firm Turner and Townsend, talks to Utility Week about why communication is key to ensuring the supply chain can weather the storm after lockdown and what utilities companies can do to ease the pressure. She also warns the sector that the global impact of coronavirus will have to be factored in when considering orders of equipment.
British Water has pledged to make its own board more diverse and inclusive to set an example to the wider sector. The trade body has committed to 30 per cent women on its board by 2025 as well as encouraging all staff to fight bias, and employ staff from diverse backgrounds.
With figures showing 20 per cent of the sector’s workforce will retire within the next ten years, Utility Week talks to experts about what needs to be done to ensure the workforce is fit for purpose, and how the industry is rising to the challenge of protecting workers' mental wellbeing.