Nature holds key to nurturing green water treatment facilities

The quest to develop greener and more affordable methods to treat wastewater has taken a new, innovative twist.


CWS Researcher presents at Water Control Room Forum

On 16th May, Dr Albert Chen was invited to talk about CWS’s research at the Water Control Room Forum (W-CRF), organised by South West Water, with over 50 delegates from water companies across the UK in attendance. 

SIM4NEXUS Workshop - V2

On June 26th, CWS and South West Water (SWW) organised a workshop for the Water-Energy-Food-Land Use-Climate Nexus in the South West (Devon and Cornwall). The workshop was part of the ongoing (2016-2020) EU funded project SIM4NEXUS, where both CWS and SWW are partners. 

Professors Fu and Savic receive awards from ASCE EWRI

Professor Guangtao Fu and Professor Dragan Savic both received awards from the ASCE Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) at the recent 2018 EWRI Congress in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

FaME Kick-off Meeting and Stakeholder Workshop

A successful kick-off meeting and stakeholder workshop were held on 15th May 2018 in London. Both events were organised by the University of Exeter and held at the UKWIR’s premises in Westminster.

Delivering Resilience in PR19 and Beyond

On the 23rd May, the Centre for Water System’s Safe and SuRe team collaborated with the Water Industry Forum to host a seminar in Birmingham, to share learning to date around what has been done to deliver improved resilience, both within the water industry, and from other sectors. 

Fate and Management of Emerging Contaminants (FAME) Workshop

UKWIR and the University of Exeter are holding an interactive workshop on emerging contaminants at the inception of a three year programme of work called FAME (Fate And Management of Emerging contaminants), which is to be held in Westminster on the afternoon of 15th of May.

Water Industry Forum and Safe & SuRe organise day event: Delivering Resilience in PR19 and Beyond

The regional water companies are in the process of preparing their 5 year business plans for submission to Ofwat as part of Ofwat’s price review process (PR19) which will set the price, investment and service package that customers will receive over the period 2020-2025. One of the four key themes that Ofwat has focused on for PR19 is ‘resilience’.

PhD Studentship: long-term impacts and multiple benefits of green infrastructure in cities

A rare opportunity to join a world-leading, cross-continental research team tackling major challenges in urban water management.

Exeter experts sing praises of glorious mud

Mud provides precious habitats, a buffer against rising sea levels and a host of other benefits, according to two University of Exeter researchers.

Success in RAE's UK-China Urban Flooding Research Impact Programme

Dr Albert Chen and other members of the Centre for Water Systems (CWS) have been successful in their recent application to the Royal Academy of Engineering’s UK-China Urban Flooding Research Impact Programme.

Saving our water: innovations in urban water management

Join the Safe and SuRe team from the University of Exeter’s Centre for Water Systems on 22nd November for a special event in London.

The Centre for Water Systems partners up for a “hAQUAthon”

This November, the Centre for Water Systems is partnering with other high-profile bodies in the water industry for a water-themed Hackathon, appropriately renamed a “hAQUAthon”.

BLOG: Mind the gap – finding the next step on the urban drainage journey.

In this Blog, Dr Sarah Ward, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Water Systems, reflects on a recent visit to the 14th International Conference on Urban Drainage

Safe&Sure Fellowship needs help in creating a new website.

At the University of Exeter’s Centre for Water Systems, the Safe&SuRe project is developing a new paradigm for urban water management in response to emerging challenges.

Sailors, scientists and artists

On two recent sailing expeditions, the University of Exeter collaborated with Sail Britain – an organisation with a mission of engaging with coastal communities through sailing, research and the arts.

Safe&SuRe work with Scottish Water

In August a team from Professor David Butler’s Safe&SuRe project visited Scottish Water for a workshop to help the provider with the development of its wastewater resilience programme. 

British Council off-grid workshop in Malaysia

In August 2017 Dr Kate Baker, Research Fellow at the Centre for Water Systems, attended a British Council workshop called ‘Innovative designs of sustainable agro-hydro-health systems’. 

Chinese tour for CWS Team

In July 2017 a team of academics from CWS travelled around China to build relationships with similar research groups in the country. 

Safe&SuRe Helps Italian Town following Earthquake

In July this year, Professor Farmani and Dr Sweetapple travelled to L’Aquila in Italy with Professor Butler as part of his Safe&SuRe fellowship – a major EPSRC project to develop better urban water management in response to emerging challenges.

Knowledge Exchange for RAMB Project

In late May 2017, Dr Mohsen Ebrahimi and Dr Seyed Sadr from the Centre for Water Systems (CWS) enjoyed a fruitful trip to Tsinghua University in Beijing. 

Launch of GW4 Water Security Alliance

The Universities of Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Exeter formed the Water Security Alliance, and recently launched in Bristol. 

University of Exeter collaborates with Pell Frishmann

Professors Kapelan and Savic are starting a new research project with Pell-Frischmann, the consulting engineering firm which has a presence here in Exeter.

Professor Kapelan talks on Smart Water Technologies at the EWRI Congress

In May 2017, Professor Zoran Kapelan enjoyed a trip to Sacramento, California for the ‘Smart Water Technologies Symposium’. 

Visiting Royal Academy Fellow arrives at CWS

Maria Cunha, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Coimbra in Portugal has received a Distinguished Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering to strengthen the relationship between Coimbra and CWS.

Centre Expert Presents New Technology for Wastewater

In May, Professor Kapelan was invited to take part in the Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN). 

EU Workshop held by Centre for Water Systems

On May 24, 2017 an important workshop was organised by the Centre for Water Systems, as a bridging event between many vital EU funded projects related to flooding, risk assessment and hydroinformatics.

WISE Welsh Water Visit

WISE CDT student Sabrina Draude recently visited Welsh Water headquarters in mid Glamorgan.

Dr Ward awarded Women in Innovation Package

Dr Sarah Ward, a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Water Systems, has been awarded an InnovateUK package of entrepreneurial support under their highly competitive Women in Innovation scheme. 

Water-Energy-Food Nexus Workshop in Exeter

In March, as the second in a series, there was a workshop held in Exeter on the topic of ‘Resilient Water-Energy-Food Systems in India’. 

WISE Industry Day

On 17 March, WISE held a successful event that brought together its PhD students with major organisations from the water industry and hydraulic engineering. 

Smart Water Network Conference

In March 2017 Professor Dragan Savic chaired the Smart Water Network Conference in Birmingham.

CHANSE project India visit

In early March 2017, Professor Slobodan Djordjevic and Dr Simon Moulds went on a field trip to Bihar. 

Major new grant to research emergency flood planning

Professor David Butler and his team have been successful in winning an EPSRC research grant entitled “Emergency flood planning and management using unmanned aerial systems". 

Transferable Skills Event

In April 2017 WISE students are joining up with another Centre for Doctoral Training, STREAM, for a special three day event at the University of Exeter. 

Royal Society Fellow joins CWS

Dr Xu Wang, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has received a prestigious Newton International Fellowship from the Royal Society.

New £700k grant for Professors Savic and Keedwell

Professors Savic and Keedwell are leading a new £700k project called HOWS. 

Award nomination for ICS Consulting and the Centre for Water Systems

The Centre for Water Systems has been nominated for a Water Industry Achievement Award for its CADDIES project.

Flood experts create winning app to help prevent water disease outbreaks

A team of flood experts from the University of Exeter has claimed first prize in a national competition, for their pioneering online Water Disease Prevention System (WDPS).

Exeter Professor leads project to protect bridges

Funded by the EPSRC, Professor Slobodan Djordjevic is leading the RAMB project, which is aimed at studying hydrodynamics and wear on bridges. 

Exeter participates in vital EU climate change project

Researchers and academics from CWS are participating in EU-CIRCLE project to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure networks to cope with the changing climate.

Flooding From Intense Rainfall Project

Academics and researchers from CWS are participating in the FFIR project funded by NERC, which aims to reduce the risks of damage and loss of life caused by flooding.


£4 million research grant for improved environment in the South West

The Water and Environment group is part of a new £4 million, 5-year research grant awarded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). 

Successful partnership with Welsh Water

Professors Kapelan, Djordjevic and Keedwell have recently completed a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Welsh Water.

£3 million EPSRC Grant for Improved Urban Flood Resilience

Professors David Butler and Zoran Kapelan have been successful in winning an EPSRC research grant entitled "Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future". 

Best Paper Award for the iWIDGET Team at Exeter

A team of Exeter researchers and academics has won a best paper award from the Environmental Water Resources Institute.

Water, Energy and Food workshop in Bangalore

Professors Zoran Kapelan of the University of Exeter and Mohan Kumar of the Indian Institute of Science organised a workshop on a Water, Energy and Food nexus in India. 

£74,000 grant for Water Security Alliance

Professor Zoran Kapelan and the Water and Environment group obtained a new grant from the GW4 Building Communities Programme at the end of 2016. 

WISE student collaborates with Wessex Water

WISE PhD student Joshua Myrans has been working alongside Wessex Water on his project to identify faults in wastewater networks. 

Professor Fu awarded Royal Society Fellowship

Dr Guangtao Fu, Associate Professor at the Centre for Water Systems, has received an Industry Fellowship award from the Royal Society, aimed at strengthening links between academia and industry.

Talk in Indonesia for Dr Albert Chen

In February 2017 CWS Research Fellow Dr Albert Chen visited Jakarta to talk on our centre’s current projects.  

Successful Chinese Visit for CWS Academics

In January 2017, Professors Dragan Savic and Guangtao Fu from the Centre for Water Systems attended the 9th International Perspective on Water Resources and the Environment conference in Wuhan, China. 

Professor David Butler appointed Chair

Congratulations to Professor David Butler who has been appointed Chair of the Governing Body and Board of Directors at the South Devon University Technical College in Newton Abbot.  

CWS Academics and Students at CCWI 2016 in The Netherlands

CWS academics and students present at the 14th International CCWI Conference in The Netherlands

CWS Academics and Students attend Hydroinformatics Conference in South Korea

A number of Centre for Water Systems staff and students recently attended the 12th International Conference on Hydroinformatics (HIC 2016) held in South Korea.

Researchers win major grant to lead Indian water management project

Three engineering experts from Exeter have been awarded £334,000 to participate in an international partnership project enhancing the management of water resources in South Asia.

New research to protect cities now and in the future

New work by University of Exeter experts will enable better management of urban services affected by climate change-related hazards.

CWS Staff and Students attend Novatech Conference in Lyon

CWS Co-director Prof David Butler, Senior Research Fellow Dr Sarah Ward and WISE CDT Student James Webber recently attended the 9th International Novatech Conference held in Lyon, France. 

CWS Academics attend RESSCUE Project Kick-Off meeting

The RESCCUE project  kick-off meeting in Barcelona, Spain was attend by the Centre for Water Systems Prof Slobodan Djordjevic and Dr Albert Chen. 

WISE CDT Student visits Bangalore Research Institutes

WISE CDT Student visits Bangalore Research Institutes

CWS co-director article published in The Conversation

CWS co-director article published in The Conversation

CWS Academics visit Beijing and Taipei

CWS co-directors, Professors Savic and Butler and Drs Albert Chen and Guangtao Fu undertook a week long trip to Beijing and Taipei to a variety of institutions in April 2016.

Water Infrastructure Demonstrators Network

CWS Launch Urban Demonstrator Network

PhD Studentship available for September 2016 start:Event Management and Post Event Response Planning for Smart Water Networks

A exciting opportunty to undertake a PhD studentship in Event Management and Post Event Response Planning for Smart Water Networks is  available to start in September 2016.

PhD Studentship available: Big Data, Modelling and Visualisation Systems for Water Demand Management

An exciting opportunity to study with industrial partner Advizzo Ltd and the University of Exeter Centre for Water Systems as part of the STREAM Industrial Doctoral Centre

Industry experts attend Safe&SuRe Steering Group Meeting

The Sixth  Safe&SuRe Steering Group meeting took place in Coventry on 14th March. 

Water engineering students present research to industry specialists

Water engineering students from the University of Exeter are participating in a special event designed to highlight some of their world-changing research projects.

International Collaboration for CWS Researchers in Taiwan

James Webber, Miriam Garcia and Dr Andrew Duncan from the Centre for Water Systems have just returned from a three week placement to National Taiwan University and the Taiwan Typhoon and Flood Research Institute. 

Exeter expert named in top 25 leaders in worldwide water industry

An engineering expert from the University of Exeter has been named among the top 25 industry leaders worldwide.

Flood expert helps create winning flood awareness app

A team featuring a flood expert from the University of Exeter’s Centre for Water Systems (CWS)  has claimed first prize for the creation of an app that will aid global flood management and help save lives

University of Exeter researcher wins prestigious UK award

A University of Exeter engineering expert has been awarded a prestigious national award for his research into how we can sustainably and reliably address the emerging challenges around water supplies.

Award for Centre for Water Systems Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate

Work completed as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between University of Exeter and Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water presented at Computing and Control in the Water Industry 2015 conference. 

Centre academics at ICT 2015 Innovate, Connect, Transform conference, Lisbon

European projects showcased at ICT 2015 Innovation, Conect, Transform conference, Lisbon.

Exeter to help pioneer crucial global flooding and risk management research

Engineering experts from the University of Exeter are pioneering new ways in which to meet the growing demands of flood and risk management across the globe.

Water Efficiency (WATEF) Network Conference held at the University of Exeter

Professor Fayyaz Ali Memon, the conference chair, from CWS convened the 3rd International Water Efficiency Network Conference at Exeter. 

World-leading engineer from the University of Exeter elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor David Butler, Director of the internationally-leading Centre for Water Systems, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Flood impact assessment in mega cities under urban sprawl and climate change

In July 2015 multinational researchers met  at ‪CWS‬ to discuss the research methodology and the work plan of the project 

WISE CDT Students undertake Hackathon challenge at residential summer school

Water Informatics: Science and Engineering Centre for Doctorial Training (WISE CDT) students took part in the first annual summer school, with guest speakers from South West Water, CH2M Hill and Wessex Water.

Best Postgraduate Impact Award

Michele Romano has won an award for the Best Postgraduate Impact at a recent ceremony at the University

The Centre for Water Systems celebrated its 15th Anniversary with an Industry Awareness Day

The Centre for Water Systems celebrates its 15th anniversary with an Industry Awareness Day:

Promoting engagement: Delivering results

13th International Conference on Urban Drainage

CWS is supporting the 13th International Conference on Urban Drainage, which takes place Malaysian Borneo 7th – 12th September 2014.  More details at:

Best Practice paper wins an award from the ASCE

Dr Guangtao Fu together with Professor Zoran Kapelan and other collaborative authors have won the Quentin Martin Best Practice Oriented Paper award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for a paper.

Exeter engineer elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering for 2013

Professor Dragan Savić, Head of Engineering at the University of Exeter, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), the highest honour for a UK engineer. 

CWS to host International Conference on Flood Resilience (ICFR)

The Centre for Water Systems will be hosting the International Conference on Flood Resilience: Experiences in Asia and Europe, from 5th to 7th September 2013.  Professionals will gather in Exeter from around the world to discuss the latest research advances and practices in the development and implemenation of resilience measures and flood management plans. 

Professor David Butler wins EPSRC Fellowship

Professor David Butler, Co-Director of the internationally-leading Centre for Water Systems, has been awarded a prestigious EPSRC Fellowship.

Exeter Engineer honoured with CIWEM President's Award

Professor David Butler has been awarded the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) President’s Award for 2012.

Best Young Researcher Award at International Conference

Postgraduate student Jo-fai Chow has recently returned from the 9th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling in Belgrade where he picked up three prizes.

Prestigious IWA Fellowship Awarded to Professor Zoran Kapelan

Professor Zoran Kapelan from the Centre for Water Systems at the University of Exeter has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the International Water Association (IWA).

Research funding success for Exeter Engineer

Dr Michael Hammond (Centre for Water Systems) has won research funding as a result of attending a summer research institute at Brown University.

Successful IWA UK National Young Water Professionals conference held in Exeter

The 13th IWA YWP conference, organised and hosted by the Centre for Water Systems, was held from 18-20 April 2012.

Exeter engineer showers international team with water expertise

A professor from the University of Exeter is preparing to travel to Israel to share his expertise on water engineering.

Exeter graduate is Young Woman Engineer of the Year

A University of Exeter graduate has been named this year’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Engineers find leaky pipes with Artificial Intelligence

University of Exeter engineers have pioneered new methods for detecting leaky pipes and identifying flood risks with technologies normally used for computer game graphics and Artificial Intelligence.

College engineer elected to IWA Strategic Council

Professor Dragan Savic, one of our College Engineers, has recently been elected as a member of the Strategic Council of the International Water Association (IWA).

Urban Water Journal

The publishers are offering free access to this edition of the Urban Water Journal.

Best Paper Award for CWS authors

Dr Albert Chen and Professor Slobodan Djordjevic have been awarded the ERES (European Real Estate Society) / JPR (Journal of Property Research) Award 2011 for Best Paper in Real Estate Economics.

David Butler appointed chair of international committee

Congratulations to Professor David Butler for being elected chair of the Joint Committee on Urban Drainage (JCUD) for the next three years.

New EngD Studentships

The Centre for Water systems at the University of Exeter is offering three full EngD studentships to start in September 2012. The four year programme of study, leading to an EngD doctoral degree, is funded by EPSRC through the Industrial Doctorate Centre for the Water Sector (STREAM).

Computing Control for the Water Industry 2011

The eleventh international conference on Computing Control for the Water Industry: "Urban Water Management: Challenges and Opportunities" (CCWI2011) will be held in Exeter 5-7 September.

Centre for Water Systems in the world’s news media

The recent CCWI2011 Conference, was attended by over 230 delegates more than half of whom came from 26 countries around the world. Many exciting new research findings were presented during the three-day event.

CWS project featured in EPSRC Annual Report 2010-2011

The following article appeared under the ‘Supporting Excellence’ section: Sustainable Development

Professor David Butler discusses Urban Water Management on Chinese Radio

Professor David Butler was recently interviewed on China Radio International for the programme 'People in the Know'.

Innovative training and research programme scoops award for dedication to developing future water sector leaders

A pioneering postgraduate programme delivered by five major academic centres of excellence in water science and engineering, including the Centre for Water Systems, has scooped the prestigious ‘People Initiative of the Year’ prize at the Water Industry Achievement Awards, for its commitment to developing the future engineering leaders of the water industry.

CWS participation in The Forum at the BBC

Professor Dragan Savic was one of three speakers who participated in the recent BBC World Service’s Forum programme. Other speakers were the former World Bank economist Dambisa Moyo and the Australian musicologist, Malcolm Gillies.

Distinguished Visiting Fellow to come to Exeter

Dr. Eric Paterson, Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and Chief Scientist of the Computational Mechanics Division at the Applied Research Laboratory, Penn State University in the United States, has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for 2011

Exeter fellows help lead the way in water management

Two academics from the Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter have been chosen to be among the first international experts on water to be selected for a prestigious fellowship

Prof. Kapelan Receives ASCE Award

Prof. Kapelan received recently the 2010 ASCE Associate Editor Award. The award was given by the ASCE Board Publications Committee for "consistent and exemplary service to the Journal of Water Resource Planning and Management".

CWSNet Paper Awarded

The paper entitled "CWSNet: An object-oriented toolkit for water distribution system simulations" co-authored by Dr. Michele Guidolin, Dr. Pavel Burovskiy, Prof. Zoran Kapelan and Prof. Dragan Savic and presented by Prof. Kapelan, won the 2nd prize award in the GeoAdvice best paper competition

Neptune project helps water firms spot leaks

Project Neptune, a venture between the Centre for Wate Systems, Yorkshire Water, United Utilities, ABB, the EPSRC and academics at other six UK universities, has developed an integrated decision-support system that can analyse the data generated by sensors that measure pressure and flow into water distribution networks

Sustainable Water Management conference in Pakistan

The Centre for Water Systems in association with three universities in Pakistan and UNESCO is organising an international conference on Sustainable Water Management in Developing and Transition countries to be held in Pakistan in 2010

MSc in Urban Water Systems Accredited

We are proud to announce that our MSc has been accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, The Institution of Highway & Transportation and Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers).

Centre for Water Systems Leading Centre for Water Engineering

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has recently conducted a review of their £3.7 billion portfolio

Exeter fellows help lead the way in water management

Two academics from the University of Exeter have been chosen to be among the first international experts on water to be selected for a prestigious fellowship.

WISE Industry Day to forge new relationships between research and business

Our WISE Centre for Doctoral Training is holding a special event on 17 March 2017.