Dr Vanessa Speight
Senior Research Fellow in Integrated Water Systems
Managing Director, TWENTY65
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Sheffield S1 3JD
Telephone: +44 (0) 7717 807676
- PhD, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
- MS, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
- BEng, McGill University
Dr. Speight’s primary area of research is water quality transformations in drinking water distribution systems, with a focus on applications of models for decision support, public health risk, and implications for regulatory development. In particular, my interest is in understanding the inter-relationships between hydraulics within pipe networks and water quality reactions involving disinfectant residual, disinfection by-product formation, biofilms, indicator organisms, and corrosion.
Additional areas of research include the involvement of stakeholders in water policy and management decisions along with water-cycle approaches to sustainability, such as life cycle energy analysis (whole life carbon costing) of water distribution system operation and options for water reuse in the urban environment.
Dr. Speight is Managing Director of TWENTY65, an EPSRC-funded consortium with 6 universities and more than 70 industrial collaborative partners working across the water cycle to develop flexible and synergistic solutions tailored to meeting changing societal needs and achieve positive impact on health, environment, economy, and society.
Activities and Distinctions
- Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
- Member of the Editorial Advisory Panel, ICE Journal of Water Management
- Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of the American Water Works Association
- Speight V, Boxall J. 2016. How to achieve sustainable clean water for everyone, The Conversation, 6 June, http://theconversation.com/how-to-achieve-sustainable-clean-water-for-everyone-59025
- Rosario-Ortiz F, Speight V. 2016. Can drinking water be delivered without disinfectants like chlorine and still be safe? The Conversation, 7 March, https://theconversation.com/can-drinking-water-be-delivered-without-disinfectants-like-chlorine-and-still-be-safe-55476; and (French translation): L’eau potable peut-elle se passer de désinfectants?, The Conversation, 21 March, https://theconversation.com/leau-potable-peut-elle-se-passer-de-desinfectants-56620
- Rosario-Ortiz F, Rose J, Speight V, von Gunten U, and Schnoor J. 2016. How do you like your tap water?, Science 351:6276:912-914.
- Irons LM, Boxall J, Speight V, Tam B. 2016. Network event location using high density pressure data, Proceedings, IWA Water Loss Conference, Bangalore, India.
- Speight V. 2015. Innovation in the water industry: barriers and opportunities for US and UK utilities, WIREs Water, 2:301-313.
- Prosser M, Speight V, Filion Y. 2015. Sensitivity analysis of energy use in pipe replacement planning for a large water distribution network, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 141:8: 04015001.
- Ellis K, Speight V. 2015. Impacts of climate change on bacteriological compliance in the UK, Proceedings, AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference, Salt Lake City, USA.
- Speight V, Boxall J. 2015. Current perspectives on disinfectant modelling, Procedia Engineering, Computing and Control for the Water Industry Conference, 119:434-411.
- Ellis K, Mounce SR, Edwards J, Speight V, Jakomis N, Boxall J. 2015. Interpreting and estimating the risk of iron failures, Procedia Engineering, Computing and Control for the Water Industry Conference, 119:299-308.
- Wong HG, Speight VL, Filion YR. 2015. Urban form’s impact on energy use in water distribution systems at the neighbourhood level, Procedia Engineering, Computing and Control for the Water Industry Conference, 119:1049-1058. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877705815026028
- Hashemi S, Filion YR, Speight VL. 2015. Pipe-level energy metrics for energy assessment in water distribution networks, Procedia Engineering, Computing and Control for the Water Industry Conference, 119:139-147.
- Irons LM, Boxall J, Speight V, Holden B, and Tam B. 2015. Data driven analysis of customer flow meter data, Procedia Engineering, Computing and Control for the Water Industry Conference, 119:834-843.
- Ellis K, Speight V, Biggs C. 2014. Cost of performing assessments under the Revised Total Coliform Rule: US and UK comparison, Proceedings, AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference, New Orleans, LA.
- Sharp L, Speight V, Tait S, Ashley R, Westling E, Rychlewski M. 2014. Social science to support water sensitive cities, Proceedings, IWA World Congress, Lisbon.
- Mounce SR, Sharpe R, Speight V, Holden B, Boxall JB. 2014. Knowledge discovery from large disparate corporate databases using self-organising maps to help ensure supply of high quality potable water, Proceedings, 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, New York, NY.
- Prosser M, Speight V, Filion Y. 2014. Sensitivity of energy use to factors in pipe replacement planning for a large water distribution system, Procedia Engineering, 89: 804 - 810, Water Distribution System Analysis Conference, Bari, Italy.
- Speight VL. 2014. Impact of pipe roughness on pumping energy in complex water distribution systems, Procedia Engineering, 70:1575-1581, Computing and Control for the Water Industry Conference, Perugia, Italy. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877705814001763
- Blokker M and Speight V. 2014. Residual chlorine in the extremities of the drinking water distribution system: the influence of stochastic water demands, Proceedia Engineering, 70: 172-180, Computing and Control for the Water Industry Conference, Perugia, Italy. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877705814000228
- Spiesman AL and Speight VL. 2014. A risk-based methodology for contaminant prioritization, Journal of the American Water Works Association,106(3)E150-E159.
- Prosser M, Speight V, Filion Y. 2013. Life-cycle energy analysis of performance- versus age-based pipe replacement schedules, Journal of the American Water Works Association, 105:12:E721-E732.
- Speight V, Douterelo I, Sharpe R, Fish K, and Boxall J. 2013. Impact of hydraulic events on organic and inorganic material in distribution systems, Proceedings, AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference, Long Beach, CA.
- Speight V, Ellis K. 2013. Evaluating water storage operation, Proceedings, AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference, Long Beach, CA.