In exactly one year, on May 12th, 2025, the Institute of Water (IWater) will be celebrating its 80th anniversary!

In 1945, Allen Bolton, our founder, looked for somewhere to turn for information and insight into the day to day operations of a water undertaking. None of the professional bodies at that time catered to his needs, so he set about creating his own.

For the past eight decades, we have stood in support of developing the UK water sector workforce. This milestone represents not just our longevity, but the commitment and dedication of each and every one of our members, past and present.

Today, we continue to seek to better equip our members to do their day jobs, advocate for the sector and improve the environment and lives of their communities. With a membership comprising from across the UK water sector with diverse and wide-ranging skills and disciplinary backgrounds, we foster collaboration and development for all working in and around water.

Our mission has evolved and our services have grown significantly in 80 years. Through our extensive network of events, registrations, awards and publications, we empower our members to stay ahead of industry trends, navigate challenges, and seize opportunities for growth and improvement.

As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, we reaffirm our commitment to our members and the sector, inspiring the next generation of water leaders. We want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all who have been a part of this incredible journey. Your passion, expertise, and unwavering support have been instrumental in shaping the IWater into the family it is today. 

We have some exciting plans in store to commemorate this special occasion, and we can’t wait to share them with you.

To learn more about our history in the meantime, please visit: https://instituteofwater.org.uk/our-history/

Here’s to 80 years of IWater, and many more to come!

Happy World Earth Day 2024!

Today, as we celebrate, it’s an opportunity to reflect on our collective commitment to preserving and protecting our planet’s precious resources.

This year’s theme, Planet vs. Plastics, serves as a reminder of the critical importance of environmental conservation and sustainability, particularly in addressing the global challenge of plastic pollution.

At the Institute of Water, we seek to better equip our members to do their day jobs, advocate for the sector and improve the environment and lives of their communities. Our Environmental Sustainability Policy“Smaller carbon footprint, mindful about water”, underscores our commitment to achieving these objectives.

Institute of Water members play a vital role in advocating for responsible water management and environmental stewardship. Whether through their work in the water sector, holding or pursuing Environment Registration, or attending one of our related events, they are actively contributing to the protection and enhancement of the environment.

Let’s seize this day as an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the environment. Whether it’s reducing your own plastic waste, participating in a plastic clean-up event, or donating to a related charitable cause, every action, regardless of its size, contributes to the greater good.

Let’s continue to work together to make a positive impact on our planet.

As we come together to celebrate World Water Day, let us reflect on the vital importance of water in sustaining life and fostering prosperity for all.

This year’s theme, Water for Peaceunderscores the intrinsic value of water and reminds us all of the imperative to promote water cooperation, equitable access, and sustainable management practices.

In our sector, we champion that water is not merely a commodity; it is the essence of life itself. It is not only a fundamental human right but also a critical resource that transcends borders and cultures. Yet, despite its undeniable significance, billions of people around the world still lack access to safe and clean water. 

As a membership body operating within the UK water sector, we know that our members play a pivotal role in advancing sustainable water management practices, promoting innovation, and advocating for equitable access to water resources. Through their expertise, collaboration, and advocacy efforts, we can as a collective drive positive change and contribute to building a more water-secure world.

As we commemorate World Water Day 2024, let us reaffirm our commitment to being stewards of water, today and every day. 

Together, let us work towards a future where every person has access to clean and safe water, and where water is valued, respected, and protected.

Happy World Water Day!

Excitement is brewing as Utility Week Live 2024 approaches. We are once again partnering with this fantastic event, delivering a session focusing on people and talent, and exhibiting at stand K16.

Gabrielle Mandell, our Chief Executive, will be leading a panel discussion on the Innovation Stage. Set to chair the Institute of Water session titled ‘Innovation and beyond: how can we transform the industry’s approach to people and talent?’ on May 21st at 3 pm, Gaby and her panel of experts promise an enlightening exploration into revolutionizing the water sector’s approach to people management.

The session boasts an impressive lineup of speakers, each bringing unique perspectives and experiences to the table:

  • Ian Barker, Vice President Environment, Institute of Water
  • Jason Elliott, Co-Founder, Get Knowledge
  • Gemma Betney, Head of Workforce Demand & Resourcing, Anglian Water Services
  • Angela Day, Head of People, Risk and Compliance, Market Operator Services Limited (MOSL)

Together, they’ll delve into insights, strategies, and case studies that highlight innovative initiatives within water sector organizations. Attendees can expect a dynamic exchange of ideas, fostering an environment ripe for learning and collaboration.

In addition to the enlightening session, we’re thrilled to announce our exhibition at Stand K16. Stop by to connect with our team, explore our latest initiatives, and learn more about how we’re driving change in the water sector.

Utility Week Live is renowned for its comprehensive content program, and this year promises to be its most extensive yet. With over 3,000 pan-utility professionals expected to convene at the NEC, Birmingham on May 21-22, attendees will have unparalleled access to the latest innovations, insights, and solutions shaping the industry’s future.

The best part? Access to this enlightening session is absolutely free! Simply secure your place and join us for what promises to be a transformative discussion. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be part of the conversation driving change in the water management landscape.

Secure your free spot now by registering here: https://register.visitcloud.com/survey/2r8obihui9ndr?actioncode=NTWO000265ZEA&partner-contact=301nxuwugr5x4

Happy International Women’s Day from the Institute of Water!

As a membership body committed to fostering inclusivity, we align with the #IWD2024 theme of ‘Inspire Inclusion.’ Today, and every day, we proudly champion diversity as our greatest strength.

In the spirit of inclusivity and empowerment, we extend a warm invitation for network to join us in acknowledging and celebrating the remarkable contributions of women in the water sector and beyond. Share stories of women who inspire you. Whether it’s a colleague, mentor, or industry leader, tag them, tell their stories, and let’s amplify their voices. By shining a light on their accomplishments, we contribute to building a more equitable and inclusive environment within the water sector.

May this International Women’s Day serve as a reminder of the collective strength we possess when we champion inclusivity and diversity.

Let’s celebrate the achievements of women in the water sector, today and every day, as we work together to create a more equitable and inclusive future.

Have you ever wondered how to share your CPD story within the water sector?

When someone asks about your CPD aspirations – whether it’s your mentor, manager, or even a curious relative – let your passion shine through! Picture this: You’re on a quest for professional growth, and your commitment is unwavering.

Imagine responding with enthusiasm, sharing your dedication and the exciting steps you’re taking to shape your career. It’s not just about ticking boxes; it’s about building a foundation for your success.

And hey, don’t forget to weave in the magic of the water sector! Let them see the profound impact it has on your journey. It’s a unique story often missed in everyday conversations but definitely worthy of a spotlight.

By opening up about your experiences, you’re not just crafting your professional narrative – you’re adding your voice to a conversation that deserves more attention. So, go ahead, share those insights! You never know who might find inspiration in your compelling journey through the water sector.

Cheers to your growth, and here’s to making your narrative not just impactful for you but for everyone around you!

By Rob Bradley, Professional Standards Manager, Institute of Water

By Mia Tarrant, Process Scientist, Severn Trent

It’s been another busy quarter for the Rising Stars, starting with a workshop with Water Aid hearing about their strategy for the next year and how we can all be involved in raising awareness and support.

In September, the rising stars played a big role in the Institute of Water’s Annual Conference. The busy 4-day trip to Cardiff started off with the rising stars facilitating discussions in a ‘Meet the Leaders’ event, where we were able to have great conversations with some industry-familiar faces. Day 2 was a jam-packed day at the conference, networking and hearing some thought-provoking discussions around trust in the industry. Day 3 carried on the theme of trust, whereby the rising stars were invited to both facilitate and be panellists on their own session, discussing the topic of trust with someone new to the industry. Some really interesting points were made, including, “have you been told your manager trusts you?” Despite being the last-but-one session to conclude the conference, it was a brilliant session with an engaging question and answer session. This was a great way to conclude the conference as it was many of the rising star’s first time on a panel.

The final day in Cardiff was spent at Arup, hosted by Welsh Area Rising Star, Kathryn Evans. The day began with a leadership and career insights workshop, followed by a discussion around modelling and catchments. This ended with a trip to see Cardiff’s innovative rain gardens.

The Institute of Water’s Northern Area has appointed a new President, Monisha Gower, Assets Director at Northumbrian Water. Outgoing Northern Area President Noela Fitton, Head of Strategic Bids at United Living handed over the role at Northumbrian Water’s offices on Wednesday, 27th September 2023.

Monisha, who has in-depth experience in delivering end-to-end, high-value projects/programmes and providing consistent and dynamic management, will begin the role immediately.

The Institute of Water is the only professional body dedicated entirely to supporting the careers of people in the UK water sector, and its purpose is to enable members to reach their full potential to drive the sector forward. The Northern Area is one of eight geographical areas covering the UK and the committee runs a varied programme of in-person events, webinars and development opportunities across the calendar year.

Upon being appointed, Monisha said: “It’s a real honour to take on the role of President for the Northern Area of the Institute of Water and I look forward to working with and supporting members during my time in post.

The Institute offers such great opportunities for its members to learn, develop and widen their network, whether they are already working within the water industry or are aspiring to do so in the future. Through such support and development, it can help our sector here in the North to become the go-to place to build a career.”

The Institute of Water thanks Noela for her brilliant commitment to heading the Northern Area for the past year, and welcomes Monisha to the IWater family.

If you would like more information about the Institute of Water, including becoming a member and how to get involved, then please email membership@instituteofwater.org.uk

From left to right: Noella Fitton, Head of Strategic Bids, United Living and Monisha Gower, Assets Director, Northumbrian Water.

By Mia Tarrant, Process Scientist, Severn Trent


The busiest quarter for the rising stars, an excellent summer, with some interesting visits.

Late May, our Scottish Area Rising Star, Isla Jones hosted the 2023 Rising Stars cohort in Edinburgh for a jam-packed 2 days at Scottish Water’s Juniper House. It was an incredible visit focused on scientific services and innovation. There were some fascinating tours of the microbiology, organic
and inorganic chemistry labs; great presentations about scientific services, DWQR and Scottish Water’s research and innovation; and engaging discussions with about their careers and CPD.


The trip culminated at The National Robotarium, where all our Rising Stars were left thinking about how the world of robotics could be incorporated into the future of the water industry.


In June, the Rising Stars went to Belfast for a trip of NI Water and WSP hosted by NI Area Rising Star, Sian Walker. The trip started off with a visit to the iconic Silent Valley Reservoir for a presentation about NI Reservoir act and a tour of the reservoir and tunnels underneath, followed by an innovation workshop back at WSP. Day 2, they visited NI Water for presentations on NI regulatory model and asset performance, followed by a CEO masterclass with Sara Venning. The trip finished back at WSP to learn more about water resource planning and CFD modelling.


The next trip for the Rising Stars will be to Exeter hosted by SW Area Rising Star, Gulshen Unveren and then the IWA UK YPN conference in Birmingham.

Last Thursday evening (29th June 2023), the Welsh Area hosted the 17th Annual Innovation Awards at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. It was a great opportunity to celebrate innovation within the water sector and network with industry colleagues. There was a wide array of quality submissions and Kit Wilson, Welsh Area President and Steve Youell, former National Chair were on hand to present the awards.

A huge thank you to all of the applicants, judges and Welsh Area sponsor Pump Supplies, for their efforts in making the event possible.

And the 2023 winners are…

Clever Data Category:

  • Winner: EDM anomaly detection (EDMAD) model by Daniel Okereke & Willow Smallbone (Dŵr Cymru Data Team), Claire Thrift, Jacek Pijanka & Ifan Jones (Dŵr Cymru Wastewater Assets Team).
  • Highly Commended: Automation of Finance Reporting by Matthew Davies, Dŵr Cymru

Clever Data Winner: EDM Anomaly Detection (EDMAD) Model

Market Adaptation Category:

  • Winner: Optical, Chalk Dosing Trial By Alexandra Wilson, Gareth Jones, Scott Butler, Craig Davey of Dŵr Cymru, Arthur Doucin of Omya & Louise Durham of SNF. 
  • Highly Commended: Be PestSmart: choosing pesticides wisely By Dŵr Cymru, Water Services Science Catchment Team.

Market Adaptation Winner: Optical, Chalk Dosing Trial

Collaborative Working Category:

  • Winner: Hereford Collaborative Wetlands: Advancing Industry Knowledge, Confidence and Working Practices of Co Delivered and Co-Funded Water Quality Improvements by Vyvyan Evans & Elliot Burge of Dŵr Cymru, Herefordshire Council Planning Department, Herefordshire Council Built and Natural Environment team, Wye and Usk Foundation Design and Delivery team and Environment Agency Innovative Permitting Team
  • Highly Commended: Anaerobic Digester Foaming Research and Taskforce by Faye Ward, Ian Parry, Jonathan Dean, Chris Jones, Dave Holthofer (Dŵr Cymru) and Russell Mulliner (AD Ingenuity), Joe Merry (Stantec) and Andrew Bowen (Skanska)

Collaborative Working Winner: Hereford Collaborative Wetlands

Ideas Category:

  • Winner: A river-health-led approach to combined sewer overflows By Owain Morgan from ARUP
  • Highly Commended: ‘Smart’ maintenance By Technolog & Dŵr Cymru Wastewater Networks

Ideas Winner: A river-health-led approach to combined sewer overflows

Committee AwardBeacons Water Group, Dŵr Cymru Water Services Science Catchment Team!

Committee Award: Beacons Water Group

The overall Welsh Area Innovation Award Winner, who will represent the Welsh Area at the National Presidents Dinner is The Hereford Collaborative Wetlands project team for their collaborative wetlands projects which is advancing industry knowledge, confidence and working practices of co-delivered and co-funded water quality improvements.

Congratulations to everyone and thank you from the Committee!

Welsh Area Innovation Awards Committee with Kit Wilson, Welsh Area President