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Southern has awarded contracts worth £14.5 million to Morrison Data Services for AMP7 with an option to extend beyond the current price control. It will cover meter reading and support to carry out two million visits each year.
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The main round of Ofwat's innovation competition kicks off in May with collaboration encouraged for entries that can win £1 million to £10 million to advance and commercialise ideas, models and processes that will benefit the whole sector. The regulator has also updated on activity in the first round of the Innovation in Water Challenge.
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Severn Trent has set its reduction targets for direct, indirect and supply chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in line with guidelines from the Science Based Targets Initiative
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Affinity's customers have saved thousands of litres of water in the past few months thanks to virtual home visits that let the company remotely share advice on reducing consumption without entering peoples' homes.
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Last month Anglian expanded its Shop Window project, which aims to use the town of Newmarket as a live testbed for innovative solutions to the problems the water sector is facing now, and for the future. Utility Week chats to the driving forces behind the project.
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Ofwat is considering altering Tideway's licence to acknowledge the delays and additional costs incurred because of Covid-19. It is consulting on changing the amount customers pay from 60 to 85 per cent of the c.£200million extra that the pandemic is anticipated to have added to the price of delivering the super sewer.
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Affinity and Cambridge Water have joined forces to expand their cover crops programme following the success of previous years' campaigns, which saved more than 40 tonnes of nitrates from entering watersources
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Severn Trent has set its reduction targets for direct, indirect and supply chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in line with guidelines from the Science Based Targets Initiative
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Affinity's customers have saved thousands of litres of water in the past few months thanks to virtual home visits that let the company remotely share advice on reducing consumption without entering peoples' homes.
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Last month Anglian expanded its Shop Window project, which aims to use the town of Newmarket as a live testbed for innovative solutions to the problems the water sector is facing now, and for the future. Utility Week chats to the driving forces behind the project.
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Yorkshire Water has changed the way it will operate water network and maintenance services after establishing a Water Services Partnership and awarding £553 million contracts to Morrison Utility Services and Network Plus
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Shadow environment minister Luke Pollard said the water industry needs fundamental changes to face the climate crisis with a focus on helping customers use less water. He called for a shift in mindset from political leaders, companies and regulators as well as consumers to rethink how natural resources are viewed.
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A water efficiency group that includes Waterwise, Thames and SES Water has teamed up with the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) in a bid to banish leaking toilets.
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David Black, who will become Ofwat's interim chief executive next month, has suggested end-of-period adjustments to performance commitments relating to water consumption rather than changing the targets during the period to allow for coronavirus impacts.
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Affinity has announced a new water efficiency campaign that will use social media influencers and connect consumers' water usage with the streams and rivers near their homes.
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