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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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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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For SR21, Scottish Water is moving away from the traditional approach to business plans and developing a blueprint for the decades to come. The company's director of strategic customer service planning, Simon Parsons, tells Robin Hackett why Scotland has decided to do things differently
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Tyre microplastics is one of the largest sources of pervasive pollution in the water environment, yet consistently ignored in the public debate, warns Jo Bradley, water quality specialist with SDS. Why is it overlooked and what should be done about it?
Opinion
Ofwat's new customer measure of experience (C-MeX) is now being road-tested and water companies will start to be judged against it from April next year. So how will water companies measure up, and what will they need to do to perform well against the new benchmark?
Analysis
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
In order to meet the more stringent phosphorus removal requirements expected in 2020-25, wastewater utilities will need to find the right combination of techniques and technologies
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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