Water saving man achieves MBE
Brian Hooper, South West Water's Water Conservation Manager has been awarded an MBE for nearly 30 years dedicated and enthusiastic service to the water industry in the South West.
Brian from Fay Road, Dawlish is married with three children and joined the then South West Water Authority in 1975. He found water related work fascinating and has enjoyed a varied and rewarding career helping to provide this essential service.
Brian has a statistics degree from Brunel University in London and started his career doing demand forecasting for the region's three major reservoirs. This involved planning water resources to ensure the region's residents were supplied with the water they required.
One of Brian's first tasks was to set up the region-wide domestic water consumption survey which would accurately calculate water consumption in the South West. This survey is still running today and is essential to calculate and plan water resources to meet future demand.
Brian also implemented the company's Geographical Information System (GIS) an essential tool for mapping and locating pipes and underground assets which is required for everyday operations.
Brian started work ensuring the region had enough water, however now he works with domestic customers to meet the Company's statutory obligations to conserve water and use this precious resource wisely.
Brian and his team work with the region's residents at Roadshows and events to give water saving advice and ensure the ever increasing demand for water remains at a steady level.
These major conservation efforts ensure that the region has saved 3 megalitres of water a day over the last 12 months. That's a substantial saving and enough water to supply the domestic needs of 75 average households every day. It is important that water consumption remains steady and doesn't rise dramatically to protect the environment and ensure that no more reservoirs are currently required.
'I am delighted that Brian Hooper has been rewarded for his dedicated service,' said Bob Baty, South West Water's Chief Executive. "Water is a precious resource and managing it carefully is a key issue for society."
'I have always been enthusiastic about my job and found it very interesting and rewarding to help provide an essential service," said Brian Hooper. "It is amazing to be recognised for my services to the industry".
For further information please contact Dina Chandler, Communications Officer on 01392 443021.
Published: 12 June 2004