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Event Organiser: The British Dam Society

Emergency Planning for Reservoirs, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 26 April 2021
  • 18:00 - 20:00
Emergency Planning for Reservoirs, webinar

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Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 18.00 followed by the lecture.

Presentation 1 - On-Site Emergency Flood Plans – The New Requirements in England (Defra & EA)

In November 2020, following consultation, the Government said it would take forward making a statutory requirement for undertakers of large raised reservoirs to prepare on-site emergency flood plans, by issuing a Direction to all undertakers in England. Defra and the Environment Agency will explain the new requirements and how this fits in with what owners and engineers do now.

Presentation 2 - Exercise Vander Mill    Lessons Learnt on the Organisation and Running of an On-Site Plan Exercise (Severn Trent Water)
Severn Trent Water undertook an emergency exercise to test the on-site plan and emergency response at Ladybower Reservoir in 2019. This presentation will describe the planning of the exercise, the key events, and the lessons learnt.

Presentation 3 - Reservoir Emergencies: Planning, Review and Response (NRW)
Since 2015 NRW have experienced a number of reportable incidents at their reservoirs. As part of a drive to minimise such incidents and improve responses NRW have embarked on a programme of activities which have included: developing or updating on-site plans; installing appropriate drawdown facilities (temporary and permanent); undertaking emergency exercises (desktop and with contractors); incidents, debriefings and lessons learnt; training for internal staff (including control centre staff); briefing the Local Resilience Forum (LRF); and planning a joint exercise with the LRF

The presentation will provide an outline of each of these processes, and some of the key aspects and developments


Jan Kiernan

Defra and Environment Agency

Jan works in the Defra Reservoir Safety Team. Jan joined the Reservoir Safety Policy Team in October 2019 following several years on water quality policy and legislation. She is Senior Policy Adviser for reservoir safety and the Independent Reservoir Review.

Tony Deakin

Defra and Environment Agency

Tony is the Reservoir Safety Manager for the Environment Agency.

Sam Harris

Severn Trent Water and Hafren Dyfyrdwy

Sam is the Resilience Specialist for Severn Trent Water and Hafren Dyfyrdwy. He is responsible for their “Being Prepared” programme of business continuity, incident management and emergency planning.

Ian Hope

Severn Trent Water and Hafren Dyfyrdwy

Ian is the Dams and Reservoir Manager for Severn Trent Water and Hafren Dyfyrdwy. He is a Supervising Engineer, a past Chair of BDS and is responsible for guaranteeing the compliance and serviceability of 83 statutory reservoirs in ST and HD.

Matt Coombs

Natural Resources Wales

Matt is a Civil Engineer and Technical Director with Arcadis Consulting and a Supervising Engineer under the Reservoirs Act 1975. He has worked on a wide range of reservoir and water treatment projects for clients across the UK. Since 2015 he has been seconded into Natural Resources Wales operating as the Reservoir Compliance Manager.

Jo Parkinson

Natural Resources Wales

Jo is a Reservoir Project Manager and is training to be a Supervising Engineer under the Reservoirs Act 1975. She works on a range of reservoir projects from safety improvement works for historical mining reservoirs, to upgrading reservoir telemetry, and is leading on a programme to improve emergency response procedures including training and testing of staff and contractors working on reservoirs across Wales.

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For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell

e: [email protected]