Water-Environment Links

Three types of resource are shown on this page:-

  • Details of research and other information on water and related environmental topics;
  • Educational links providing a wide range of freely available water-environment information for educational purposes.
  • Links to other organisations and resources of a general nature

Research Sites

The Drinking Water Inspectorate Provides annual reports on the quality of water supplied by all water companies in England & Wales (possibly a unique service within the EC). This site also provides useful information leaflets on topics of general interest to consumers such as taste, chlorine or lead in water supplies. You can also view the Information Letters that are used to communicate regulatory requirements to the water companies. A site of interest not only to UK water consumers but also to those interested in the practicalities of implementing  drinking water quality standards.


Sniffer A charity delivering knowledge-based solutions to resilience and sustainability issues. They share good practice, synthesise and translate evidence, commission new studies and target communications, guidance and training.


The International Water Association Provides details of its extensive range of specialist publications and conferences. IWA has 35 Specialist Technical Groups on topics ranging from the 'Design & Operation of Small Wastewater Treatment Plants' to 'Membrane Technology'. This site is useful for identifying academic publications and contacts.


Water Research Foundation (Formerly The American Water Works Association Research Foundation - AWWARF) Funds a large annual programme of research on topics encompassing the science, engineering and management of water supply. Summaries of all proposed, current and completed research projects are provided. A good source of  R&D information directed at the problems of the water supply industry.


The Environment Agency Provides information on the state of the Environment in England & Wales, and also newsletters on topical subjects such as 'water demand management' and 'contaminated land'. A section on R&D provides a search capability for reports published during 1998 and thereafter.


WRc WRc assists governments and regulatory bodies in creating soundly based regulation. We also help organisations impacted by regulation (particularly water utilities, waste management companies, local authorities and their suppliers) to optimise operational efficiency and minimise risk.


The Water Environment Research Foundation Manages research on wastewater collection and treatment systems, human health and environmental effects, watershed management, and residuals management. Details of reports and research projects are available from this site.


The Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management Has a general discussion forum that is useful for those seeking views on water-related topics or problems from members of this professional body.


The Water, Engineering & Development Centre Education and research related to the planning, provision and management of infrastructure for low-income countries. This site provides reports in a PDF format for viewing and printing using Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Environmental Data Services Provides a daily broadcast of NEW news stories about European policy, government and other need-to-know stories in the European environmental scene.


Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Has a searchable database containing details of more than 200 research projects into water conservation.


Water Institute of Southern Africa Has fourteen Technical Divisions including Anaerobic Processes, Membrane Technology, Nutrient Removal and Water Distribution.


United Kingdom Water Industry Research UKWIR, facilitates and manages collaborative research for UK water operators. The UKWIR programme generates sound science for sound regulation and sound practice.


British Water A powerful association of nearly 200 leading organisations in the UK water and wastewater industry and is thus also a key component of the UK's environmental management capability.


National Drinking Water Clearinghouse (USA) Helping small communities by collecting, developing and providing timely information relevant to drinking water issues.


Environmental Valuation Reference Inventory The Environmental Valuation Reference Inventory (EVRI) is a benefits transfer infobase. The infobase is accessible only to registered subscribers who have a valid user ID and password. The pages About EVRI, Subscription Information, and Tour EVRI are accessible without a subscription. The EVRI is an exclusively Web-based application, designed for use with Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. Users may choose to work in English, French or Spanish.


Educational Sites

U. S. Geological Survey Water Resources Education Educational materials for various ages and grades, including USGS Learning Web, Water Science for Schools, Frog Web, Education Posters, Water Resources Education Initiative outreach program and links to materials from other sources.


International Water Resources Association IWRA is an international network of multidisciplinary experts on water resources. We are a non-profit, non-governmental, educational organisation established in 1971. IWRA provides a global, knowledge based, forum for bridging disciplines and geographies by connecting professionals, students, individuals, corporations and institutions who are concerned with the sustainable use of the world’s water resources.


The European Environment Agency (EEA) Water Themes and Data Clean fresh water is essential to life. Unfortunately, since the Industrial Revolution, most of Europe's rivers have been treated more like a convenient way of transporting waste to the sea, destroying the biodiversity of thousands of kilometers of waterways, harming human health, and polluting coastal waters in the process.


Water Pollution Guide Water Pollution Guide, where you can find useful information about the sources of water pollution and how they can be treated.

World Wide Web PLACES/LINKS from FWR

European Water Association The European Water Association (EWA) is an independent non-governmental and non-profit making organisation dealing with the management and improvement of the water environment. It was founded on 22 June 1981 as the European Water Pollution Control Association. The scope of the Association was enlarged in 1999 with the change of name to the European Water Association.


Netherlands Water Partnership Whether you are looking for information on water subjects, or seek knowledge from third parties in a particular field, the WIN will provide you with the information you need. Its vast database contains countless news facts, project descriptions, events information and contact addresses.


The Healthcare Supplies Association (HAS) Promotes, maintains and seeks continuously to improve professional standards and training-related supplies and associated services within the healthcare sector.


Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) Engages in a range of activities aiming to promote its strategic purchasing, contracting and supplies functions. Its aim is to advise local authorities throughout England, Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland on all purchasing and supplies matters of national/general interest.


The Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO) Engages in a range of activities aiming to promote its strategic purchasing, contracting and supplies functions. Its aim is to advise local authorities throughout England, Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland on all purchasing and supplies matters of national/general interest.


London Contracts & Supplies Group Recognition of the collective expertise and resources of the London Boroughs, the GLC, and ILEA, and the desirability of increased participation in the development of policy led to the creation of the London Joint Supplies Board which in 1991 was renamed The London Contracts and Supplies Group (LCSG).


WaterAid The UK's only major charity dedicated exclusively to the provision of safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene promotion to the world's poorest people. WaterAid's vision is of a world where all people have access to safe water and effective sanitation.


Water UK Water UK represents UK water and wastewater service suppliers at national and European level.


CIWEM Urban Drainage Group - Formerly WaPUG A not-for-profit organisation established nearly twenty years ago to promote best practice in the wastewater industry.

Living with Environmental Change Living with Environmental Change is a partnership of 22 major UK public sector funders and users of environmental research, including the research councils and central government departments. The 10-year programme aims to optimise the coherence and effectiveness of UK environmental research funding and ensure government, business and society have the foresight, knowledge and tools to mitigate, adapt to and capitalise on environmental change.
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