Webinar: Achieving zero pollution incidents: Changing Hearts and creating Artificial Minds 

Postponed to early Feb. Date/time TBA
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The Achieving zero pollution incidents: Changing Hearts and creating Artificial Minds webinar which was due to take place on Thursday 21 January 2021 at 12:30 GMT has been postponed.

Due to current and potential flooding across the UK we are conscious that many of you who had registered to attend the live webinar are involved in the flood response. To ensure these colleagues will be able to attend we have decided to postpone the webinar to early February.

If you had already registered we will contact you via email with the new date and time.  We will also post the new event date and time details here as the new date and time has been scheduled.




Date:             Postponed to early Feb - date TBA

Time:            12:30 - 13:30pm (GMT)

Language:     English      

Achieving zero pollution incidents: Changing Hearts and creating Artificial Minds


The UK 2050 Water Innovation strategy set out the long terms aim that there ‘are no more pollution events’.  No single solution will deliver this step change and in this webinar experts on consumer behaviour, network management and digital tools will offer their view on the state of the art. This includes a new AI driven solution that finds 9 in 10 issues at combined sewer overflows recently co-created by Yorkshire Water, Siemens and The University of Sheffield.


Meet our panel for this webinar:


Heather Sheffield, Yorkshire Water is responsible for operationalising the processes and technologies that will reduce pollution incidents.

Professor Joby Boxhall, The University of Sheffield, is Chair of Water Infrastructure Engineering and leads the EPSRC Water Grand Challenges Consortium

Adam Cartwright, Siemens, leads the Centre of Competence for Internet of Things solutions for the water and waste water industry

Lizzie Kenyon, Keep Britain Tidy, is Director - Centre for Social Innovation which has gained deep insight in to the behaviours and motivations for why inappropriate waste is disposed in to sewers





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Yorkshire Water infographic

Yorkshire partnership at the heart of innovative AI pollution prevention solution

Yorkshire Water, the University of Sheffield and Siemens Digital Industries have joined forces to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to reduce wastewater network blockages and pollution.

The partnership has developed an innovative blockage predictor solution to improve the performance of the sewer network. It identifies problems quickly, enabling Yorkshire Water colleagues to attend and rectify any issues before they escalate.

An ongoing trial involving a variety of sewage assets across 70 sites in the region gave up to two weeks advance notice of blockages. The project is part of Yorkshire Water’s Pollution Incident Reduction Plan 2020-2025 which aims to reduce pollution incidents by 50% by focusing on early intervention.

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