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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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Several companies across the sector are pausing their apprenticeship programmes due to coronavirus and moving apprentices to frontline roles. The Energy and Utility Skills Group has also called for a pause to the Apprenticeship Levy.
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At a time when workforces are under increased pressure and restricted working conditions, sewage workers are forced to deal with thousands of extra sewer blockages caused by households flushing kitchen rolls, wet wipes and newspaper down the toilet.
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South East Water reports on the promising initial results from its one year trial to create a smart network in north Kent as part of its efforts to reach the 15 per cent leakage reduction target set by Ofwat. The company has worked with specialists to update meters, install sensors and loggers and collate the data from the project for analysis
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