The Forum (originally the 'FWR Wastewater Research & Industry Support Forum') was established in 1995. It evolved from a major research and development programme partnership funded by the whole of the water industry and saw the emergence of the first edition of the UPM Manual. Many of the planning concepts and tools were new at the time and addressed the major environmental issues arising from urban drainage and wet weather impacts on water quality. Since then there have been two further editions of the manual, the third of which is freely available via the 'UPM' link in the menu above.
Additionally the Forum developed close links with WaPUG (Wastewater Planning Users Group) which now operates as the 'Urban Drainage Group' of CIWEM. FWR published reports of a number of Workshops initiated by WaPUG. Other relevant information is available in the library section of this site, including, for example, the Reviews of Current Knowledge (Rocks).
The remit of the Forum concerns the integrated management of wastewater systems and water quality including:
Presently the Forum meets 3 times a year. The business meeting, which discusses members current work and other developments in the field of Wastwater treatment, is followed by presentations of recent and current work given by invited contributors. An archive of presentations given to the Forum may be found here, or under the 'Meetings' button in the Menu Bar above.
At the most recent meeting the presentations were:-
|Dr Alice Horton, Research Associate – CEH
“The Abundance and Sources of Microplastics in Freshwater environments” gave an overview of the work she has done to date, to include her study on microplastics within Thames Basin sediments and the ongoing studies looking at effects of microplastics on organisms. Her research focuses on microplastics (plastic particles <5mm in size); these are introduced to the environment from consumer products or by degradation of larger plastic items and are recognised as an “emerging contaminant”.
|Prof Apostolos Antonacopoulos and Dr
Blake Prime – University of Salford
Dewaterability Estimation Test (DET) for Sewage Sludge Monitoring” introduced a new ‘Dewaterability Estimation Test’ (DET) technique that addresses the shortfalls of the traditional CST test, with potential to become the preferred choice for the water and sludge industry.