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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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Contractors often need to connect to water company hydrants as part of essential operations, including sewer and drain cleaning, gulley emptying and street sweeping. A new app helps water companies and contractors maintain accurate records of hydrant use, protecting contractors from expensive errors and offering water companies valuable data.
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SES has set out what it calls a demand-led approach to cutting 2,400 tonnes of carbon each year by 2030. This will include engagement with customers and stakeholders to reduce the amount of water that needs abstracting, treating and pumping as well as efforts to phase out fossil fuels in the coming decade.
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In two previous articles in a series from BPF Pipes Group, the plastic pipe trade association looked at the bigger picture of the circular economy and why it is important; below, a review of how companies in the water supply chain are making the most of materials and resources.
It is clear that 'business as usual' is not going to be sufficient to deliver on water companies' commitments to cut leaks and bursts. Fortunately, industrial IoT technology can offer some answers, as Anglian Water and leak detection specialist Ovarro demonstrate in an award-winning project.
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Efficiency challenges in PR19 have made water companies closely examine parts of their business where improvements can be made. For Welsh Water this included overhauling its approach to asset maintenance by using data to be proactive, not reactive.
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Anglian is tendering for partners under the direct procurement for customers (DPC) scheme to deliver a £100 million treatment plant as part of its transfer project to move water from north to south
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The water sector must find ways to cut the emissions from its most energy intensive activity - wastewater treatment. Industry experts discussed how this could be done and what challenges stand in the way of creating a circular economy to benefit from what has previously been considered waste.
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StormHarvester’s AI-backed analysis tools allow water companies to accurately forecast the impact of heavy rainfall events. The automated water management software platform won backing from Wessex Water and has now completed a trial in the Bath area – picking up a Water Industry Award too, as managing director Brian Moloney explains.
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