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An alliance of environmental groups and stakeholders has called for increased investment at the next price review to end to river pollution and the use of combined sewer overflows (CSOs).
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Severn Trent has unveiled a project that will add up to 95 megalitres of water each day to its supply network to protect against threats of scarcity. The water will be sourced, moved and treated with a low-carbon approach as part of the company's efforts to reach net zero by 2030.
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Anglian has begun a leakage detection trial on a live network to find and measure defects within its pipes. The trial is a UK-first for the novel detection system that uses sensors to measure variations in electricity passing through a non-metallic pipe wall.
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When last year's ambitious Routemap to net zero was published by Water UK in collaboration with Mott MacDonald and Ricardo, the sector was frank that it did not have the answers to all the challenges to be faced by 2030. As part of our Countdown to COP coverage, Maria Manidaki, net zero technical lead at Mott MacDonald, talks to Utility Week about the technical hurdles that remain on the water sector’s journey to net zero.
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The long-awaited Water Centre of Excellence has come to life with the launch of Spring - an online hub for innovators, companies, academia and stakeholders to collaborate and share results of ongoing trials and projects. Spring will go fully live in December as a subsidiary of UKWIR
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The Ofwat director heading up PR24 has urged water companies to put forward bold solutions in the next price control but emphasised these must be set in a long-term context. Aileen Armstrong, senior director at the regulator, stressed the need to look beyond heavy infrastructure as the answer to all problems but accepted that this would come at a cost. She said she expected companies to look at spreading these costs over current and future generations.
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Yorkshire Water has called for an independent body to be established to set the cost of capital for each regulated sector and a simplification of performance commitments in the PR24 price control.
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There is much talk of expanding and sharing priority services registers across the country. But, what is the experience like for people actively seeking to sign up? Gemserv’s Nigel Wilkinson found out when he encouraged his elderly mother to put her name down. He reflects on her experiences.
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Following extensive industry engagement, MOSL has launched a hub to standardise transactions between water retailers and wholesalers. The first process to be standardised by the market operator is the most commonly used - the verification of meters
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Work advances on London's super sewer as connections from the new Tideway are added to join with the existing sewer network. In preparation for the work, a chamber was flooded prior to tunnelling to maintain pressure with the surrounding river water.
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Thames Water has set out its plans to improve flow and water quality from chalk streams in its region by upgrading sewage treatment works, installing monitoring equipment, cutting abstraction and working with local groups to restore and enhance waterways.
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UK Power Networks and Thames Water are planning to expand their shared priority services register (PSR) scheme by bringing other organisations into the partnership. However, a vulnerability expert has warned that current PSRs are “coming to the end of their working life” and that a new system should created.
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Anglian Water has several industry firsts under its belt including in green finance. As part of our Countdown to COP coverage Utility Week talks to Anglian's head of carbon neutrality about the company putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to carbon commitments. He also discusses trials around process emissions and how better data can help crack the problem
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Decarbonisation is under the spotlight more than ever before with the water sector's net zero 2030 deadline fast approaching. The industry target was ambitious enough but one company has broken ranks and says it wants to be there by 2027. As part of Utility Week’s Countdown to COP coverage, Ruth Williams speaks to Northumbrian Water’s chief executive Heidi Mottram about why the company set itself the earlier goal.
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A customer service expert has warned utilities they cannot get away with blaming poor performance on Covid or Brexit. Jo Causon, chief executive of the Institute of Customer Service, pointed to evidence that after an initial wave of high satisfaction across sectors, consumers were now becoming more demanding and less likely to be pacified when they encounter problems.
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The House of Lords has backed the introduction of new legal powers to force water companies to secure the separation of drainage and sewerage systems. Peers voted by 184 votes to 157 in favour of an amendment to the Environment Bill, which would place a legal duty on water companies to take all reasonable steps to ensure untreated sewage is not discharged into inland waters.
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