Unlocking water data for the benefit of customers, society, and the environment
Icebreaker One is a partner on the Stream programme focussed on co-creating a Data Sharing and Open Data Framework to unlock water data for the benefit of customers, society, and the environment. In May 2023, Stream was named as one of the winners of the third Water Breakthrough Challenge for the Implementation Phase of the programme, receiving £3.9m.
Stream consists of a consortium of 16 water and professional services companies with Northumbrian Water as the lead organisation. It will put in place technology and processes to remove the barriers to opening up and sharing water company data.
As governance advisory partner, in 2023 Icebreaker One launched an interim Steering Group in the Blueprint Phase to shape the governance structure of Stream and worked to establish a lasting set of robust governance measures and engagement opportunities ahead of the Implementation Phase.
In this next phase of work, Icebreaker One will continue to co-build an appropriate common framework for long-term collaboration, standards development, operational and legal capabilities to enable sector-wide and cross-sector data sharing.
IB1 is now inviting expressions of interest for the Stream Advisory Groups.
The Stream Steering & Advisory Group Terms of Reference can be found here (v05-08-2023).
Run by Ofwat and Challenge Works, and supported by Arup and Isle Utilities, the Water Breakthrough Challenge is a part of Ofwat’s £200 million Innovation Fund and aims to encourage initiatives that help to tackle the biggest challenges facing the water sector, such as achieving net zero, protecting natural ecosystems and reducing leakage, as well as delivering value to society.
Stream is Led by Northumbrian Water, and partners include: Anglian Water Group, Severn Trent Water, Scottish Water, SES Water, United Utilities, South West Water, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Wessex Water, Southern Water, Yorkshire Water, Affinity Water, Portsmouth Water, South Staffs Water, Hafren Drfydwy, Sia Partners, Aiimi, Open Data Institute, Costain.
See programme updates below: