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The water industry in England and Wales: are we about to run out of water?

Event organised by Ingenieurs et Scientifique de France

13 February 2023

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The Ingénieurs et Scientifiques de France (IESF) annual inauguration lecture and dinner, as well as the formal handing over of the President's badge of office, the most significant and popular event of the IESF year, will be held at the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The lecture will look at the water industry in England and Wales, how it is regulated, and how it plans to meet the challenges of climate change and population growth.

Climate change and an increasing population affect the amount of water required by industry, agriculture, and us. Will there be enough?

Demand forecasts demonstrate that if we don’t take action, there won’t be enough water to meet demand without further damaging the environment.


Lester Sonden

Lester Sonden

formerly of SES Water

retired, former director

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Lester Sonden

Lester, graduated from Newcastle University in Civil Engineering in 1975. For the first 21 years of his career, Lester worked for UK consultant Binnie and Partners later to become Black and Veatch. Lester was involved in water and sewerage projects in many parts of the UK, working with or as consultant to a number of the water companies in England and the forerunner of Scottish Water. He also spent 2½ years in the UAE on a major project to take desalinated water to Al Ain. Lester was also involved in the government project to privatise the water industry in England and Wales.

In 1997, he joined Sutton and East Surrey Water as engineering director (and later as wholesale services director and regulatory director) where he remained until his retirement at the end of 2016.

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