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Yorkshire Water is adding more than 4,000 square metres of ponds to one of its wastewater treatment sites that will use 25 different species of plant to remove phosphorous from the water before it is returned to the environment. The plants have been selected to promote diverse habitats, with particular attention given to creating environments which support bees and other pollinators.
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After the successful first round of the Innovation in Water Challenge, entries to Ofwat's main innovation competition have opened for water companies and partnerships to win up to £10 million towards finding solutions to sector-wide challenges
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A tool that is drawn to leaks within pipes has won the Future Water Association 2020 Water Dragons prize. Qinov8's Aquapea moves through pipes and forms a seal over holes to prevent leaks
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One of Affinity Water's two winning bids in the Innovation in Water Challenge is to apply smart network techniques to assets such as storage water tanks to boost network capacity when demand is high. Project lead Mumin Islam talked to Utility Week about the project.
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Ofwat’s Innovation in Water Challenge has sparked imaginations across the sector in a united effort to find solutions to common challenges faced by water companies. Utility Week finds out more about Anglian's successful bid: a tool to measure the whole life carbon and costs of assets.
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After overcoming initial pushback from the public, street workers have been able to continue vital projects despite the lockdown. However, the sector needs clarity from government on how an orderly exit from the current situation will be achieved, writes Street Works UK chief executive, Clive Bairsto.
Opinion
As part of our Mind the Tap series, Utility Week speaks to Hubbub - a charity specialising in persuading people to adopt more sustainable practices – about communicating the water efficiency message. Its chief executive discusses the quandary of how you convince the public to play their part in solving a problem, if they refuse to believe the problem exists in the first place.
Analysis
Yorkshire is tendering for £800 million worth of contracts including an innovation fund to encourage bids that develop new technologies while minimising disruption for customers
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To showcase the best practices of community groups engaged with water efficiency programmes, Waterwise has extended its Checkmark scheme. It will target water companies that want to highlight the work they undertake to encourage better water habits to apply for the accreditation.
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In the latest of a series of articles exclusively for Utility Week members, Maxine Frerk – former Ofgem executive – asks whether the regulators have responded quickly and decisively enough on the implications of the coronavirus outbreak. As well as assessing whether their reassurances go far enough, she examines which parts of the regulatory programme could safely be put on hold.
Opinion
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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Lead pipes represent a proven risk to water quality and people's health - but 50 years after they were banned for new use, hundreds of thousands of pipes are still in place. What will it take to finally get all of them removed?
Analysis
Manhole steps, ladders and associated access systems perform a safety critical function. Here, Chris Cawte, managing director at Caswick, advises us of the essential things you should know when choosing them.
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