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Scottish Water Asset Planner heading from Airdrie to South Africa

23 November 2017


One of Scottish Water’s leading young employees, Kirstin Watt, 25, from Airdrie, is heading to a prestigious international conference in South Africa just three years after joining the company.

Kirstin has been selected to attend the International Young Water Professionals Conference 2017 in Cape Town from December 10 to 13 where discussions will take place with global delegates on water and waste water treatment.

Kirstin, of Clarkston Drive, who is a former pupil and school captain at Caldervale High School and graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Geography from the University of Glasgow in 2014, was one of only three people from the UK selected by the Institute of Water (IW) to attend the conference and the only one from Scotland.

Kirstin became a member of the Institute of Water soon after joining Scottish Water in 2014 and, as part of their committee in Scotland, helps to organise events and other activities.

The International Young Water Professionals Conference 2017 has the theme “Building Leaders and Making Impact”. 

Kirstin said: “There were only three of us selected from 28 applicants and, as the only one from Scotland, I feel very privileged to be attending. I look forward to sharing my experiences when I get back.”

Kirstin, who is an asset planner at Scottish Water, completed the Scottish Water Graduate Scheme last year and is now an Asset Planner in Scottish Water’s Strategic Customer Services Planning directorate (currently on a secondment as a Strategic Planner for the pan-Scotland area).

She is responsible for assessing the performance of wastewater assets and making sure they meet customers’ needs and protect the environment.

Kirstin was awarded the Institute of Water Rising Star in 2017.

Commenting on the conference in Cape Town, she added: “In an increasingly globalised world, I strongly believe that forums of this nature, where difficult yet necessary conversations are facilitated, are critical in order to safeguard the service that we provide.

“I am very much looking forward to representing the UK water industry and reinvesting my learning upon my return. I would like to thank the Institute of Water and the International Water Association’s Young Water Professionals UK Network for selecting me to attend as well as Scottish Water for allowing me to make the most of this experience.”

Kirstin’s trip will also include some water industry site visits in the Cape Town area and she plans to stay on after the event and enjoy visits to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years he served in jail before the fall of apartheid, the Cape of Good Hope and other local tourist attractions.