Blog: Exciting Time to Be Leading EurEau Wastewater Industry Collaboration – says Sarah Gillman

01 July 2019
Sarah Gillman co-chair of EurEau Waste Water Committiee

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Sarah Gillman, Innovator at Scottish Water, takes over as co-chair of EurEau network's Wastewater Committee with Michaël Bentvelsen, of the Unie van Waterschappen, Netherlands.

“For the next two years Scottish Water will have the opportunity to work closely with other waste water operators, and ensure our experience from Scotland is shared on the European stage”

Sarah Gillman, Innovator, Scottish Water
Co-Chair EurEau Committee 2

If ever there was a time for collaboration on wastewater in Europe, it’s now.

When it comes to collaboration within the water sector the EurEau network is leading the way, so I was delighted to be elected to co-Chair its wastewater committee of experts in May this year.

EurEau is the federation of water associations and has members from 29 countries. It provides two main ways to collaborate: creating a network for water and wastewater operators to share knowledge and best practice; engaging with EU policymakers to influence European legislation.

In fact, it’s a very exciting time on the legislative front just now. The Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and the Water Framework Directive are central to the services wastewater operators provide, and both are currently being assessed and may be amended in the future.

All the knowledge that wastewater operators have learned over the past 30 years is now under the microscope and questions are being asked across Europe, such as: how can we do things better in the future; can wastewater contribute to the circular economy; can carbon emissions be reduced and what is the future of pollution prevention in our sector?

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with EurEau for the past few years and now have colleagues and friends in the water sector across Europe.

For the next two years Scottish Water will have the opportunity to work closely with other wastewater operators, and ensure our experience from Scotland is shared on the European stage.

It’s an exciting challenge, and I’m looking forward to sharing our knowledge, expertise and innovation with our European colleagues as we work hard to futureproof our services.

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