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Testing the water: priorities for mitigating health risks from wastewater pollution

Keynote Plenary – Tuesday 2nd July

David Butler

Contaminated waterways and users getting sick have increasingly hit the news headlines as more people take to the UK’s open water for recreation. The National Engineering Policy Centre has just published the first comprehensive report looking at how to mitigate health risks posed to the public from human faecal pathogens.

David’s presentation will discuss the genesis of this report, how it was researched and written, and the main recommendations and conclusions. This will include discussion of the role that engineering interventions can play in upgrading UK wastewater infrastructure, and gaps in knowledge and technology identified.

Professor David Butler

David Butler is Co-Director of the Centre for Water Systems and Professor of Water Engineering at the University of Exeter where he is an internationally leading researcher, teacher, manager and consultant in the water sector. He is a chartered civil engineer and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, and the International Water Association. He is also a trustee of the Westcountry Rivers Trust.  David is chair of the NEPC/RAEng working group on wastewater and public health, and co-author of the recent Testing the Waters report.

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