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A study by UKWIR and University of Sheffield aims to understand the conditions that can cause buried pipes to leak. It will explore effects of pressure and environment to better inform how companies should invest in pipe maintenance
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The EA undertook a review of deep sourced groundwater that found it may be a useful alternative source in water stressed areas, particularly for livestock and irrigation. It has proposed mapping sources across England to better protect them.
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Welsh Water has secured £60,000 to fund a scheme that converts sludge to hydrogen fuel for its vehicle fleet and has added solar arrays at three of its sites. The new initiatives are part of the company's efforts to cut carbon emissions across its estate.
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Many businesses that supply goods and services to the water sector had to furlough staff during lockdown and a quarter had to make redundancies according to British Water's Lila Thompson who described the serious impact on the supply chain
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Early warning signs of Covid-19 can be identified in sewage, trials have shown, with the first incidence of the virus in London’s wastewater appearing before cases were confirmed there.
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Water cannot be excluded from energy and planning discussions if the UK is to meet its commitments to net zero, according to a new paper from the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum that recommends ambitious targets for consumption and calls for mandatory sustainable drainage and water labelling.
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Chalk streams health will be improved following promises by Affinity, Anglian, Southern and Thames Water to reduce abstraction and pollution to restore flows and health of these ecologically critical waterways
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The water sector this week collectively launched its 2050 Innovation Strategy - the starting point for reimagining and futureproofing the industry. Utility Week spoke to some of the architects of the strategy to hear how it came together, how coronavirus accelerated the work and what the next steps will be.
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United Utilities has beefed up its arsenal of leakage detection technology with 24,000 narrowband internet of things devices to locate leaks in real time as part of the company's £30 million plan to cut leakage by 20 per cent by 2025
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Affinity Water has said it will share a “pioneering” AI-driven system that predicts water consumption with the wider sector. The company says the technology can be used to monitor the impacts of weather events and unforeseen circumstances such as coronavirus on consumption in real time.
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Meeting the challenges of climate change, over population and PR19 will take innovation and collaboration both within and beyond the water sector. To realise this, a water "centre of excellence" has been conceived and will be launched in the spring.
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With companies under unprecedented pressure to improve efficiency and productivity, utilities need to bring new focus and energy into the operational excellence and innovation agenda. At Utility Week Live Online, visitors can find out how
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