The two organisations say that working together with a consolidated voice will “underpin the growing ambitions” of both groups.
Water supply chain trade association British Water and professional body, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), are in discussions to develop a closer working relationship.
Currently, British Water member companies often employ CIWEM professionals, making a symbiotic partnership an obvious choice.
The organisations say this is of particular importance given that the rapidly changing water and environmental management sector will “demand the education and professional development” of a greater number of practitioners.
Jim Oatridge, CIWEM chairman, said there was “compelling logic” in bringing together the two interdependent bodies.
“Cooperation will enhance the impact of both professional water and environmental managers and companies in promoting UK expertise in global markets in areas such as water and environmental consultancy, water and sanitation management, product development and contract services,” he said.
Tony Williams, British Water chairman, added that the partnership would provide benefits to companies in the UK supply and management chain “when meeting the challenges of emerging trends in the UK and internationally”. It is anticipated that the closer working arrangements will be in place by autumn 2015.