Welcome to the latest WRc newsletter, packed full of topics that I hope will both stimulate some conversations and provide insights. Just as we, and the wider industry, were preparing for the start of AMP7 with clear plans and projects the whole world faced colossal disruption due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. During this time WRc continues to support the water industry in a number ways - from providing Key Workers as part of our continuing service to find leaks, through to guidance on the risks of COVID-19 to our public water supplies as part of our toxicology service. We are incredibly proud to be part of an industry that keeps our taps flowing and provides an essential service and would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody for their role. If you haven't already seen it on our Social Media channels, here is a little video put together to thank all the frontline workers across the water and wastewater sector.
It is 'business as usual' for the majority of our teams who are now working from home, grappling with a host of new software that allow us to stay connected to each other, to our clients and the wider industry. Our leading technical specialists have also been thinking about the possible benefits the COVID-19 lifestyle changes could bring to improving our understanding about behaviours and activities across water and wastewater, as well as answering questions the industry might have in the longer term. At WRc we are keen to support the water industry by providing such insight as part of a collaborative Portfolio programme. By pooling our resources, data and experiences we can provide a unique insight on a variety of topics - as we outline below.
Within this newsletter we highlight themes that are emerging both in response to COVID-19, but also that continue to be important despite the current disruption. Homes and businesses need a reliable water supply and effective sewerage now more than ever, and I am delighted to feature two of our technical specialists who have taken the time to put pen to paper to highlight 'what's hot' in their fields of expertise at the moment, and what to look out for over coming months.
For more detail on each of these please see the highlights above. We will be reaching out to industry to discuss these topics, but in the meantime if you'd like to share any data, ideas or have questions you've been thinking about please do get in touch!
Head of Commercial Services, WRc