Event - River Holme Connections

Our Holme Festival: Reducing plastic waste in our rivers

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22/10/2019 5:30 pm 6:30 pm


Learning Centre, Heritage Quay,
University of Huddersfield,


This event is free to attend.

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Reducing the impact of plastic waste on the water environment

by Mr Rob Casey, Thames Warden, Water Conservators Company

In this no-holds-barred look at the impact plastic waste has on our water environments, Rob Casey reveals the uncomfortable truth behind some of our modern-day habits.

He puts forward an incredibly persuasive case for drinking tap water as opposed to bottled water, including:

  • The real cost of bottled water to you and the planet.
  • The truth behind the health myths of bottled water.
  • Whether the health risks of tap water are really true.

Rob also takes a look at our sewer system and the (literally) growing problem of wet wipe-fuelled ‘fatbergs’. So-called flushable wipes are gathering fats and accumulating in monster masses beneath our feet, blocking sewers and with some wet wipes getting into our river systems via overflows and flooding.

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More about our speaker

Mr Rob Casey, Thames Warden, Water Conservators Company

Rob Casey is the Thames Warden for the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators.

He has over 40-years’ experience in water systems engineering and, now retired, works part-time. As Water Strategy Manager he still supports the strategic operation of the Thames Water supply system.

Rob is a member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, a Trustee for the Water Conservation Trust, and Chairman of the Technical Steering Group for the City of London Plastic Free City campaign.