Calculate the rain harvesting potential of UK residential and commercial roofs. By identifying how much water our roofs can collect for us, we can begin to understand the potential for capturing on a wide scale. Harvested rain water is ideal for use where clean or treated water is not necessary.
In summary a simple Geo-Tag Picture App, user loads app, it loads location and asks simply three questions. Date Time Photo Too often Local authorities receive reports of surface water flooding during heavy rain fall with very little information. Making a free simple app availble for the user to Take a photo and add date / time it will help enable Engineers to see exactly what happened. As the saying goes, a picture speaks ...more »
Extend the canal network by restoration of former waterways as well as some new channels to provide surface and fluvial flood solutions. Combining these with balancing lakes on sites such as former quarries and an integrated flood management solution can be formed at relatively low cost.
Based on the model pioneered by Refill Bristol, Refillable Cities would see every city and town in the UK reduce its dependency on plastic-bottled water. The aim is to change the mindset of the public when it comes to single-use plastics and stem the flow of plastic litter reaching our oceans. Refill Bristol is a practical campaign to make Bristol a city in which refilling your water bottle becomes a cultural norm, ...more »
Analyse and monitor the health of trees in riparian, estuarine and coastal areas as a method of identifying poor water quality. The health of trees near water sources can be directly influenced by the quality of that water. Understanding and monitoring the health of these trees could provide insight into where water quality is an issue, and help identify an patterns in quality improvement/reduction.
The upfront capital costs associated with the installation and maintenance of water quality sensor systems are prohibitively high to a single customer. However we believe there are many customers who have need to access such data, from government (national & local) and associated agencies to water and insurance companies’, fisheries and surfers. Our intention is to become the primary provider of water quality information-as-a-service ...more »
Dredging of channels is a contentious issue that attracts significant media attention. Because of the political implications of dredging river channels, decision making in this area of flood management is contentious. There are a number of partners are responsible for mitigating flood risk, including the Environment Agency, Local Drainage Boards and Councils, but their dynamic has changed since the introduction of the ...more »
There is one solution. There are many challenges. 5 themes. Our idea HAS to include all five. Our first job is to make the geopositioning of each challenge fun for contributors in such a transparent and open way that the water data collected and plotted is useful for those who care and for those charged with the responsibility of caring. The technical side of connecting the waterscape with people through geopositioning ...more »
Select a defined geographical area within the geographical boundaries of responsibility of Southern Water or United Utilities with the following characteristics apparent over a 5 year period: A number of rivers and canals with a high quality Environment Agency data set and where incidences of pollution have occurred Notable growth in population numbers and densities Notable change in land use, in particular the conduct ...more »
Recent flooding in Cumbria and Yorkshire have shown that many areas are at risk of flooding. Yet many people will not understand the impact of the catchment in flooding. In the US, there are several sites which educate the public about catchments, letting people know what they are, mapping their location and detailing their importance. They also aim to foster a sense of shared purpose and responsibility between communities ...more »
With the recent increase in floods across the UK, it would be ideal to have a portal that professionals and citizens could log relevant information. From the professional perspective there are lots of surveys, models and associated data being collected at different levels of government, at different geographies (e.g. detailed flooding studies in particular catchments or to support particular development plans) and by ...more »
Innovate UK and the Northumbrian Water Group are backing and sponsoring the challenge. They will also be assisting the team of experts on an intensive 3-day all-expenses paid Camp and Conferenc