Key Policy Developments – The Future of Flood Management – Urban Wastewater Treatment – Planning Implications

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 20th September 2017

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Much has been reported nationally about Ireland’s water infrastructure, yet there appears to be a significant difference between what is actually going on and what has been reported regarding Ireland’s water industry.

Certainly, new regulations and compliance obligations have been introduced recently, there are new developments in flooding prevention, drainage and flood plain management and forecasting. Activity and developments in waste water management are ongoing. There are plans to develop Ireland’s future water infrastructure and there is the whole issue of smart metering, water bills and more.   

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The NATIONAL WATER CONFERENCE, hosted by CMG Events, Ireland’s largest business conference organisers, is taking place in September and will look closely at the key topics mentioned above. This conference will examine key challenges in this area, including an overview of the current issues, as well as upcoming developments (and opportunities) in the water sector. We will examine what measures are currently required to improve urban wastewater treatment in Ireland. We will discuss the use of flood forecasting to ensure our assets are more flood resilient, and the future shape of flood management in Ireland, as well as current thinking for better urban surface water management, and the use of satellite and rainfall data to improve forecasting and decision-making. Also discussed will be the key issue of water regulation and the CER’s role in this area, as well as key legislation to be aware of and it’s planning implications.

If you operate directly, indirectly or as a service to the water sector, you may want to consider this event as a ‘must attend’ conference. This event typically books up quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place. The Early Bird Rate of €365.00 + VAT (Normal rate €465.00 + VAT) is still available, allowing you to attend, come out with a better understanding of developments in your sector and save money as well.

Who Should Attend?

This event will be of real interest to all engineers, civils contractors, local authorities, government departments, consultants, water services and flood management suppliers, semi state agencies, regulators, universities and legal experts to the sector.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Opening Remarks from Conference Chairperson:
Noel O’Keeffe, BE C.Eng  Eur Ing FIEI MICE MAPM Chartered Engineer, Chairman of Ward and Burke Water 


Overview – Developments in our water sector policy
Speaker: Stephen Dineen, Assistant Principal, Water Sector Policy Section, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

  • Context of current water sector policy developments
  • Current Policy developments
  • Policy priorities and developments ahead


Implementation of measures to improve urban wastewater treatment
Speaker: Ken Conroy, Regional Waste Water Treatment Specialist, Irish Water

  • UWWT Directive and Water Framework Directives
  • What is the current status of wastewater infrastructure in Ireland and how does it meet the requirements of the Directives?
  • What are the plans to address these requirements?


Flood Management Developments – The National CFRAM Programme & Overview of the Capital Works Programme
Speaker: John Martin Ph.D. C.Eng. MIEI M.CIArb, Chartered Engineer, Head of Section (Eng. Grade I), Flood Risk Assessment & Management, Office of Public Works

  • Update on the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment & Management (CFRAM) Programme
  • Flood Relief Infrastructure – Updates on capital projects, minor works and flood mapping


Coffee break and chance to network


Current thinking for better urban surface water management
Speaker: John Keogh, Associate Director, DBFL

  • The need for Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in modern urban development.
  • The benefits of SuDS in flood management, water quality treatment and provision of water as an asset.
  • Overcoming barriers to SuDS implementation.


Why the CFRAM capital programme can only be part of the measures to reduce the State’s flood risk profile
Speaker: Jonathan Cooper, Managing Director (Ireland), JBA Consulting

  • Application of non-structural responses following the completion of the OPW Flood Risk Management Plans, with a focus on green infrastructure and land management changes. How achievable is this in Ireland following lessons learnt in other jurisdictions and as a result of the Flood Risk Management Plans?


Toward Internet of things – scale sensing for flood water management
Speaker: Professor Fiona Regan, Director, DCU Water Institute

  • What advantages does the Internet of things offer? – using a multitude of data types to improve decision making.
  • Sensor networks established – How they can gather data on parameters relevant to flood management
  • Low cost and affordable sensors for water level – improved spatial frequency and greater coverage. 
  • Satellite and rainfall data that can provide valuable information on forecasting and response times. 
  • The use of existing data types and technologies to improve decision making tools to support agencies and managers in flood management at the city level or for individual consumers.


Lunch and chance to network


Enforcement Priorities for Drinking Water
Speaker: Pauline Gillard, Inspector, Office of Environmental Enforcement, EPA

  • Background to Drinking Water Regulation in Ireland
  • Remedial Action List for prioritising public supplies
  • Security of public water supplies
  • Enforcement activities
  • Wastewater regulation (overview)


CER Update – Economic Regulation of Irish Water
Speaker: Aoife Crowe, Economic Regulation Manager, Water Division, CER

  • The CER’s role in the water services sector
  • Update on economic regulatory policy and the CER’s work programme 


Key Legalities & Planning Implications to be aware of in our water services infrastructure
Speaker: Danielle Conaghan, Solicitor, Arthur Cox

  • Is Ireland in breach of the WFD in failing to charge for waterPlanning Implications
  • Planning Implications under WFD.
  • Implications of Planning and Development Act and new Ground and Surface Water Regulations.
  • Water Abstraction Regulations.
  • Water Environment Bill


Q&A & Conference close

Murphy Surveys provide the most technologically advanced and innovative survey solutions to our clients. Our highly trained and experienced team understand the challenges faced by our clients and through our professional approach and knowledge, we offer the most adaptable services to meet the most complex requirements of our clients.

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Groundforce offer Specialist Solutions to the construction industry, dealing in Shoring Equipment, Piling Equipment, Confined Space Safety, Pumping, Trenchless Technology and Pipe Testing. With over 30 years of experience, Groundforce has played a key role in many of the Flood Defence and Water Infrastructure schemes delivered in recent years.

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EJ design and manufacture an extensive range of access solutions in ductile iron,galvanised steel, stainless steel, and composite in our world class production facilities, certified to the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems. Our products are used on water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications and utility networks worldwide.

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City Analysts are a fully ISO17025 accredited laboratory providing national analytical testing services. A national dedicated sampling and collection service is available from our labs in Dublin and Shannon.

Our specialist water testing services include;

  • Drinking & Waste Water
  • White Flag
  • Toxicity
  • Q-Rating
  • Legionella
  • Cryptosporidium and Giardia
  • Bespoke Analysis
  • Mobile Laboratory
  • Licence and Permit Compliance

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Tracblast Ltd is primarily involved in Highway Maintenance and Surface Preparation Services.
We looked at the high level of accidents, particularly fatalities on Irish Roads and set about researching how modern technology might be applied to help reduce road accidents.

We introduced new technology to the market with equipment specifically designed for the Irish and UK markets.
We have since become the foremost retexturing company in Ireland and the UK with an impressive list of Clients in both territories.

Known as a company who are constantly looking for new innovative ideas and technologies we feel the AquaDam Flood Prevention and Protection System fits our portfolio.

We have acquired sole distribution rights for the supply of all AquaDam products for both Ireland and Northern Ireland.

AquaDam is a water filled temporary dam system designed with user installation in mind. Our dams are manufactured from high tensile strength woven outer fabric and have a high puncture resistance. We have a wide range of standard barrier systems but also manufacture bespoke dams when necessary.

A single length of AquaDam can be deployed into almost any pattern from a straight line to a “C” shape or even a full circle.

AquaDam is a more effective flood barrier/prevention system than other available products and services as it can be quickly deployed, is less costly and less bulky than sand bagging and other traditional methods. It is also easily stored and reusable.

Applications include, but are not limited to Water Courses, Lakes, Ponds, Culverts, Flow Diversion, Weirs, Fish Passes and Bridges.

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Ward & Burke Construction Ltd. is a Civil Engineering Company established in the Republic of Ireland in 2001. The majority of our workload is in the Sanitary Services, providing pipelines, treatment plants, reservoirs and water storage to the Department of the Environment in Ireland.

We are now providing similar services in Canada and the U.K. The success of Ward & Burke Construction Ltd. lies in its ability to provide a complete in-house civil engineering solutions including design and construction. In February 2017 we acquired Response Engineering Ltd and now provide a Full Civil and MEICA package. Response Engineering Ltd (now Ward and Burke Water) was formed in 1998 and is now established as one of Ireland’s leading Water and Wastewater Treatment Companies. Response specialise in the design, manufacture, supply, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of Water and Wastewater plants in Ireland and the UK.

The combined Group turnover for 2017 is anticipated to be circa €200 million. The Company currently employs 650 direct staff and has its HQ in Kilcolgan Co Galway.

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Pauline GillardPauline Gillard

Inspector, Office of Environmental Enforcement, EPA

Pauline currently works in the Drinking Water Enforcement Team in the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement.

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From her previous role as a senior enforcement officer with Certification Europe she has gained 12 years’ experience in regulatory enforcement. Pauline is a graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology. She will be speaking on the Enforcement priorities for Drinking Water.

Danielle ConaghanDanielle Conaghan

Solicitor, Arthur Cox

Danielle Conaghan, Partner in the Environment & Planning Group in Arthur Cox, has over 12 years’ experience working in the energy, renewables and natural resources, water & wastewater, social infrastructure, and food & drink sectors.

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She is a founder member of Arthur Cox’s Food & Drink Group. Danielle has a keen interest in project management and uses those skills to help clients secure and reduce the risk of successful challenge to project consents. She has significant expertise in oral hearings; judicial reviews; injunction proceedings; civil proceedings and defence of criminal enforcement proceedings across all sectors. She is a water law specialist.

Danielle regularly presents at national Environmental, Planning and Energy conferences; lectures on the Law Society of Ireland Diploma in Environmental & Planning Law, the King’s Inn Diploma in Environmental and Planning Law, and is co-author, with Dr. Yvonne Scannell, of the annual environmental chapter of ‘Construction Projects: Law and Practice’, published by Thomson Reuters. She is recognised as being a “next generation” lawyer (The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2017).

Stephen DineenStephen Dineen

Assistant Principal, Water Sector Policy Section, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

Stephen Dineen is an assistant principal in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government’s Water Sector Policy Section.

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He is also the department’s communication officer for the Water Division. He works on a range of policy issues concerning both public and rural water services and has been working on the Government’s water sector reform programme since 2013.

Stephen has a B.A. in history and politics and an M.A. in politics. He has been working in the civil service since 2013.

Noel O'KeeffeNoel O’Keeffe

BE C.Eng Eur Ing FIEI MICE MAPM Chartered Engineer, Chairman of Ward and Burke Water

Noel was County Engineer and Director of Water Serices Cork County Council to 2012.

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Member of the Irish Water Programme 2013/2014 which was tasked with setting up Irish Water. Chairman of Ward & Burke Water (formerly the Response Group), 2014 to present time. Ward & Burke Water are a company involved in the design build and operate of water and wastewater treatment plants in Ireland and the UK. Noel has over 40 years experience in the Water Services industry.

Ken Conroy

Regional Waste Water Treatment Specialist, Irish Water

Ken graduated from UCC in 1989.

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He is a Chartered Engineer with post graduate Diploma in Environmental Engineering and Certificate in Asset Management.  Ken has extensive water and wastewater services experience and expertise. He worked in Ireland, England, Papua New Guinea, Uganda and Oman. Ken has worked for civil contractor, M&E contractor, consultants and Local Authorities. 

Ken was seconded to the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government during the Irish Water Programme. He joined Irish Water in January 2014. He is the Asset Management  Regional Wastewater Treatment Specialist for the Southern Region. In this role Ken has extensive interaction with all sections of Irish Water and key external stakeholders including, EPA, Local Authorities, planners  consultants and individual customers. He has a key role in identifying, scoping and prioritising projects for inclusion in the Irish Water Investment Plans.

Jonathan Cooper

Managing Director (Ireland), JBA Consulting

Jonathan has been a thought leader in flood risk management for over 20 years.

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He has advised the Irish, UK, Bosnian and Romanian governments in flood risk policy and strategic responses to critical flood events. He was Project Director for the Western CFRAM and pioneer of non structural responses for the Thames Estuary Strategy TE2100. He is the managing director of the JBA Consulting business in Ireland and Romania. Recently he has led JBA’s input to the Lower Lee and Limerick flood relief schemes, and environmental reviews of the OPW Arterial Drainage Maintenance works.

John Martin

Ph.D. C.Eng. MIEI M.CIArb, Chartered Engineer, Head of Section (Eng. Grade I), Flood Risk Assessment & Management, Office of Public Works

John Martin is a chartered engineer with experience in flood risk management, hydrology, hydraulic modelling and GIS/remote sensing, along with project, contract and resource management skills.

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He joined the Office of Public Works in 2004, and has been Head of the flood risk assessment & management (FRAM) section since 2006, during which time his roles have included project manager for both the Lee CFRAM Pilot Study and Flood Studies Update as well as overall programme manager for the National CFRAM Programme.

He previously worked in the German Aerospace Centre, initially as a post-doctoral researcher, and then as operations manager for the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) airborne survey campaign programme. In 2002, he was awarded a PhD from University College Cork in river engineering and flood alleviation and is originally a graduate of civil engineering from University College Dublin.

He has also completed a diploma in law at the UCD Institute of Public Administration and, most recently, a professional diploma in Arbitration from UCD.

Fiona Regan

Director, DCU Water Institute

Fiona Regan is Full Professor in Chemical Science at Dublin City University and Director of the DCU Water Institute.

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Fiona studied Environmental Science and Technology and later completed a PhD in analytical chemisty in 1994. Following postdoctoral research in optical sensing in DCU, in 1996 she took up a lecturing position at Limerick Institute of Technology. In 2002 Fiona joined the School of Chemical Sciences as a lecturer in analytical chemistry, in 2008 she became senior lecturer and in 2009 became the Beaufort Principal Investigator in Marine and Environmental Sensing. Fiona’s research focuses on environmental monitoring and she has special interest in priority and emerging contaminants as well as the establishment of decision support tools for environmental monitoring using novel technologies and data management tools. Her work includes the areas of separations and sensors (including microfluidics), materials for sensing and antifouling applications on aquatic deployed systems.

John Keogh

Associate Director, DBFL

John works as an Associate Director with DBFL Consulting Engineers and has more than 20 years experience as a Civil Engineering Consultant and Project Manager.

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His experience includes major projects such as highways, airports and developments in Australia, U.S, England and Ireland. He has designed and implemented SuDS schemes throughout the greater Dublin region since 2005.

Aoife Crowe

Economic Regulation Manager, Water Division, CER

Aoife has over ten years’ experience as an economic regulator at the Commission for Energy Regulation.

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During the course of her time at the CER she has had responsibility for the CER’s licensing function, the market rules governing the electricity wholesale market and prices, the determination of the public service obligation levy and the development and implementation of the CER’s policies in relation to renewable energy.  In her current role Aoife manages the team that assesses Irish Water’s proposals for capital expenditure, monitors Irish Water’s delivery of capital projects and programmes and has responsibility for the CER’s water services innovation fund. She has represented the CER at national and EU level and currently sits on the DHPLG’s Water Statistics Steering Group and the Water Policy Advisory Committee established by the Minister.

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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