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Water companies from across the UK as well as supply partners, NGOs and academic groups have been awarded funding for 11 projects from the Ofwat Innovation Fund to tackle shared problems faced by the sector. See the full list as well as the thoughts of Ofwat's John Russell.
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An environmental group has threatened legal action against environment minister Rebecca Pow’s department for not dealing comprehensively with combined sewer overflows.
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Installing one million smart water meters each year could cut the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by 0.5 per cent over the next 15 years. The impact of smart water meters on reducing the UK’s carbon emissions has been calculated in a new report by Waterwise and Arqiva that suggests a nationwide rollout would save one billion litres of water daily.
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A former Environment Agency water quality expert has lambasted the body’s monitoring of river and sewer overflows. Peter Lloyd told the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) that the regulator lacked the expertise to understand and interpret data gathered from wastewater treatment works.
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After six years of underinvestment, Northern Ireland Water has been granted £2.1 billion to spend on capital investment programmes to improve infrastructure as well as to meet climate and environmental goals. The increase in capital investment will enable the company to provide wastewater treatment services that have lagged behind the rate of housing growth.
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Post-pandemic shifts in working and living patterns will have a limited impact on utilities development, according to new research from the National Infrastructure Commission . The study said the impact of behaviour changes on total energy consumption is likely to be "modest" and "broadly in line" with recent trends.
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The environmental, as well as the financial, cost should be factored into the price of a litre of water, according to the chair of the APPG on chalk streams who said Ofwat should support companies in their environmental commitments
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Thames has rolled out a new IT system for monitoring its clean water processes, supplies and treatment works across the capital. The technology replaces a 25-year old system that remained online throughout the switchover to minimise disruptions
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Ofwat is inviting water companies, their customers and consumer groups to share their experiences of service during the pandemic to better understand how support could be improved for those in financial difficulty, struggling with emotional wellbeing or without online access.
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Welsh Water is marking the 20th anniversary today of its acquisition by Glas Cymru to become a not-for-profit water and sewerage business.
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Thames Water's head of smart metering talks about the trials, tribulations and many benefits the company has seen since it began the UK's first major smart water meter rollout
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In this case study, read how Burkert Fluid Control Systems has improved the accuracy and reliability of monitoring drinking water quality in a flexible, easy to maintain package which has also reduced costs.
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Water sector investors do not feel listened to by Ofwat according to its annual survey, which nevertheless showed overall support for the regulator’s policies and methods. The poll found 48 per cent of respondents did not feel the regulators was taking their views on board.
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