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The ICE Strategy Sessions: Covid-19 – A catalyst for innovation in the water sector?

Event organised by ICE

23 June 2020

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Could the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic create an opportunity for faster and better technological innovation in the water industry? This is the key question that will be discussed and debated in the ICE’s next Strategy Session Covid-19 – A catalyst for innovation in the water sector?

The sector is known for world class collaboration and has the ability to generate great new ideas. But at times its complex structure can mean firms are hampered in innovating and clients are sluggish in adopting new technologies.

The current crisis is forcing people everywhere to rapidly adapt to working in a more technologically “switched on” way, so does this also mean that the industry can better exploit opportunities to work smarter in providing clean water more safely and efficiently?

From the prevention and detection of leaks to big data and asset management the potential is there. And in an exciting development amid the persistent concerns around Covid-19 forcing widespread lockdowns, early research is emerging that points to the sewer system doubling up as an early warning system for tracking local outbreaks of the virus.

This online panel debate at 09.00 on 23 June will bring together a vibrant group of experts to guide us through the potential that technology has, and could have, in making the water sector fully fit for society’s needs today and in the future.

This session will be chaired by Mark Hansford, Director of Engineering Knowledge, ICE.