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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City Analysts Limited

Much has been reported nationally about Ireland’s water infrastructure and services, yet there appears to be a significant difference between what is actually going on ‘on the ground’ and what has been reported regarding Irelands 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 Irelands future water infrastructure and there is the whole issue of smart metering, water bills and more.   

CMG events typically sell out quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the Early Bird Rate of €365.00 + VAT (Normal rate €465.00 + VAT)

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats are booked, so act quickly to avail of the saving.

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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 water sector policy developments in recent years
  • Current developments in policy
  • Policy issues and developments ahead
  • Policy opportunities/priorities for 2018 and 2019


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.


CFRAM/Flood Forecasting/Asset Risk Assessments
Speaker: Jonathan Cooper, Managing Director (Ireland), JBA Consulting

  • Development of non-structural responses following the completion of the OPW Flood Risk Management Plans, with a focus on flood forecasting.  How achievable is this in Ireland?
  • Use of land management approaches in the management of floods – lessons from other jurisdictions
  • How has the CFRAM advanced this thinking
  • Flood forecasting tools
  • Use of Flood forecasting to make our assets more resilient to flood
  • The future shape of flood management in Ireland


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, 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 – Water Regulation
Speaker: Representative from CER Water Division

  • The CER’s approval of Irish Water’s revenue amount for the 2017-2018 period (IRC2) – Discussed
  • The CER’s role in water services regulation
  • General update on regulatory policy and CER’s work programme 
  • Non-domestic Tariff Framework Project update


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

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There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Pauline GillardPauline Gillard


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 an executive 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 10 years’ experience working in the energy, renewables and natural resources, water & wastewater, social infrastructure, and food & agribusiness sectors.

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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 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 “very informed” (The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2015).

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, Community and Local Government.

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Stephen is department’s communication officer on water issues. He has a B.A. in history and politics, an M.A. in politics and 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.

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.

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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