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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Natural Assets North at Davyhulme

IPPR North’s Natural Assets North event at Davyhulme Treatment Works will take at 10:45-14:00 on Tuesday 16th October.

Natural Assets North is a new project which investigates the natural potential of the North of England, including the quality of its landscape, its water and coastlines. You can find out more about the project here.

Water is a key natural asset for the North but is importance in delivering economic, environmental and social value is often overlooked. Whilst the North is rich in terms of its water supply to meet growing demand from core cities, there are challenges in ensuring city infrastructure can cope with changing rainfall patterns.

During this session, we will visit the Davyhulme Water Treatment Works in Manchester, operated by United Utilities, where we’ll hear about the task of treating the gallons of wastewater generated on a daily basis by the population of Manchester and the challenges in managing too much surface water. As the city’s prosperity grows, so too does the wastewater challenge. We’ll talk about the importance of catchment management and how better management of natural assets can contribute to the water challenges we face and consider the wider ramifications of water management for policy makers in the North of England.

The timings of the event will be as follows. Please note that because of limited car parking facilities at the Davyhulme site we encourage people to meet us at Urmston train station at 10.45am, from where we will travel to the site in a minibus.

10.45 Meet at Urmston Station and pickup

11.00 Introductions, health and safety briefing

11.30 Site visit (via minibus)

12.45 Return to meeting room

13:00 Lunch and discussion

14:00 Finish

Places are limited, so please sign up via Eventbrite here. If you have any questions, please contact Rosie Corrigan on r.corrigan@ippr.org.