WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2024 Retrospectives Round-Up


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Missed any of the “Retrospectives” from WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2024?

Here’s another chance to gain valuable insights from our Keynote Supporters and Innovation Sponsors – Anglian Water Services, Ofwat, East Sussex County Council, Centre for Water Systems (CWS) at the University of Exeter, Blue Heart Project, Project Centre (part of Marston Holdings), Brightly (a Siemens Company) and Our Rainwater!

If you meet our regular delegate qualification criteria* for a Water Management Smart Class but were unable to join us in London for the live in-person event on April 3rd, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” at the bottom of the post to receive a unique link giving free of charge access to all of the presentation videos, recordings and slides. Alternatively, click on your preferred presentation title from below to re-visit an individual retrospective: 

  1. “Scaling Smart – Anglian Water’s Journey in Smart Water Systems and Collaborative Innovation”
  2. “Improving Flood Resilience in Urban Neighbourhoods through Small Interventions”
  3. “Blue Heart – Applying the Smart Stormwater Management Wheel in a Local Authority Setting”
  4. “Combining the Real and Digital Worlds to Act Flexibly and Sustainably”
  5. “Ofwat Innovation Fund in AMP 8 – Growing in Size and Growing in Ambition”
  6. “Leveraging Digital Innovation to Empower Communities in Urban Rainwater Management”

* Those qualifying to receive the rich media content from this event include commissioning, procurement, innovation, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, environmental managers, policy makers and planners from UK water companies and utilities, wastewater and sewer operators, lead local flood authorities (unitary authorities and county councils), city/borough/metropolitan councils, district councils, combined authorities, highways authorities, prime contractors, general insurers, large water consumers, central governmental and regulatory bodies (e.g. Defra, DCLG, Ofwat, Environment Agency, DWI, SEPA), independent industry and consumer organisations (e.g. Water UK, CCW) etc.


Here’s some of the feedback we’ve received from WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2024 delegates and stakeholders:

“Fantastic event! Great diversity of attending organisations, which led to new connections and good discussion” Strategic Innovation and Shop Window Lead, Anglian Water Services • “Thanks for the opportunity to share our experiences. The roundtables were very informative with some great conversations. Happy to support any future events” Head of Smart Water, Anglian Water Services • “Thanks for the invite. The interesting content and a diverse group of attendees made for some very good roundtable discussions” Smart Water Strategy Manager, SES Water “Thanks for having me. It was a great event with some excellent speakers” Project Manager – Innovative Flood Resilience, East Sussex County Council/Project Manager, Blue Heart “The programme content was helpful and relevant. Informative presentations, engaging roundtable discussions…and I found alternative approaches to improve community engagement and behavioural change especially valuable” Senior Technical Project Manager – Water, Drainage, Resilience and Urban Planning, Greater London Authority (GLA) “Smart Classes (format) was a great way of presenting and I found all of the roundtables equally valuable” Project Officer – Flood & Water Management Team, Hertfordshire County Council • “Excellent organisation. Chatting to all of the other delegates in the roundtables was most valuable” Senior Flood Risk Officer, Hertfordshire County Council

“An excellent event. Thank you for bringing it to my attention” Head of Water Efficiency and Demand Management, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) • “Thanks a lot for inviting me. It was a fantastic event and I look forward to joining the next sessions” Head of Rivers and Seas, Water UK • “My colleagues attended the event and got a lot out of it” Policy Director, Water UK • “It was an enjoyable morning. Thanks again for accommodating me” Chair of BIM4Water Skills and Culture Task Group, BIM4Water at British Water • “Excellent event. Would recommend Smart Classes to colleagues” Principal Climate Change and Sustainability Officer, Environment Agency (EA) • “Thank you very much for the conference yesterday. I got a lot of value from the session…definitely worth the time invested” Development Director, Horizon Energy Infrastructure • “Excellent seminar for knowledge sharing and networking with a wide range of industry experts. Great to hear about open, collaborative projects which encourage true innovation…excellent discussion on how industry can be better joined up and how we motivate the public to care for water” Partner & Flood Risk Management Lead, Ridge and Partners

“I was fortunate to present at the Water Management 2024 Smart Class today. Had interesting conversations with so many different professionals working around one major aspect of the urban infrastructure – Water! There was an unlimited flow of knowledge in the room and many interesting concerns for discussion. All of the roundtables were informative. What struck me was the multifaceted nature of urban infrastructure. Even while focusing on just one aspect (water), it has so many hats, and every professional in the room brought a different lens to the table” Senior Urban Designer, Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor) “Excellent event. Enjoyed the format and information, and lessons learnt from the keynotes were most valuable”Principal Landscape Architect, Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thank you for the opportunity. I really enjoyed the presentations and the roundtable discussions were very insightful too. We are dedicated to fostering meaningful partnerships between water companies, local authorities, communities, and stakeholders. By working together, we can harness the power of digital solutions as enablers of change, propelling us towards a more sustainable and resilient future” Co-Founder & COO (now CEO), Our Rainwater (Innovation Sponsor)


Following this year’s (2024) edition in London and our inaugural (2022) edition in Birmingham, we’re thrilled to announce that WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2025 will take place in the North of England, next Spring (date and location to be confirmed shortly).

If you’d like to speak at next year’s event, please get in touch!

Schedule of Smart Classes for 2024 and beyond:


Like to learn more about our Smart Class events and how you can potentially participate? Click here to discover the market context of Smart Classes and for a general overview of our Transport, Emissions & Air Quality, Public Realm & Urban Spaces, Water Management, Waste Management, Energy and Health & Assisted Living editions.

Buyer side stakeholders (e.g. councils/local authorities, transport authorities, public transport operators, highways authorities, waste collection and waste disposal authorities, water companies and wastewater operators, lead local flood authorities, public service providers, utilities, critical infrastructure operators, government agencies, prime contractors, developers, PPPs, NGOs etc) meeting the qualification criteria described on the individual event page (click selected Smart Class from the schedule above) can apply for a free delegate place by completing the “Registration form” located at the bottom of that page.

Up to 5 innovators/solution vendors can be accommodated at each Smart Class in an “Innovation Sponsor” capacity: Peruse the Event Sponsorship page for full details on “Smart Class Innovation Sponsorship Packages”. Check out our Testimonials page (or the individual Smart Class event pages) for feedback from previous delegates, sponsors and supporters.

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