Engineering the Future, an alliance of engineering organisations, is calling on consultants, utility companies, academics, government agencies and non-governmental organisations to submit evidence to an inquiry into global water security.

Water security presents a growing threat in many parts of the world, with the International Water Management Institute estimating additional water demand of around 30% by 2030. Along with the demand for food and energy, this huge increase in the demand for water is a consequence of increasing standards of living and a global population set to pass 8 billion by 2030.

The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, have come together to undertake the inquiry at the request of Professor John Beddington, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science.

A range of water related issues will be addressed during the process of the inquiry including drought, domestic supply, irrigation for agriculture, treatment of drinking water flooding and waste management. A report will be published in April next year aimed to highlight to Government, industry and the public, both the challenges we face globally and the approaches that could be adopted.

A steering group chaired by Professor Peter Guthrie OBE FREng from Cambridge University, has been established to run the inquiry. Mike Woolgar (Atkins), Michael Norton MBE (Halcrow), Mike Haigh (Mott MacDonald) and Professor Roger Falconer FREng (Cardiff University) are also members of the expert group.

Professor Guthrie, said: “It is important that the strategic issues surrounding global water security are highlighted. Only then can the solutions be better explored.

“To bring a broad scope to the inquiry and ensure our report is well informed, we are issuing a call for evidence to a broad range of experts and stakeholders”

Evidentiary hearings will be taking place on 25th January 2010, for further information contact  gwsevidence

Notes for editors

  1. Engineering the Future is a banner under which organisations from the professional engineering community are working together to promote the contribution of engineering to the UK’s economy, and the wellbeing of society. Within the group are the Institution of Civil Engineers, The Royal Academy of Engineering, Engineering Technology Board, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Institution of Chemical Engineers, Institute of Physics, Engineering Council UK.
  2. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) was founded in 1818 to ensure professionalism in civil engineering. It represents 80,000 qualified and student civil engineers in the UK and across the globe. The ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy and UK exports.
  3. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Kate Ison, ICE Media Relations

tel: 020 7665 2104, e-mail: Kate Ison