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January will mark two years since sustainable drainage solutions (SuDS) became mandatory in Wales - a move which could soon follow in England. Welsh Water’s director of wastewater Steve Wilson tells Utility Week that during that time SuDS have vastly reduced the use of combined sewer overflows (CSOs), increased biodiversity and saved hundreds of properties from flooding.
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The health of English rivers has come under fierce public scrutiny in recent months for declining biodiversity but in Shropshire 100 water voles have been reintroduced as part of work by Severn Trent and the EA
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The Environment Agency and Defra have presented a bleak picture of the health of English waterways with no improvement in the past three years and upgraded testing showing chemicals present in all rivers.
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With public concern about waterways growing, two Hertfordshire MPs have formed an all-party group on chalk streams
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Following a scathing government report on the management of water supplies, Ofwat's chief executive has defended its approach to resilience, bills and investment
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There needs to be “a big step forward” in the ambition of water companies to reduce pollution incidents and manage wastewater in response to growing public scrutiny, a senior figure at the Environment Agency has warned. 
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Ofwat has named Nesta as the lead organisation to deliver the water sector's innovation fund and competition. The foundation will be supported by Arup and Isle Utilities.
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The climate crisis is the biggest challenge we are facing and we cannot expect politicians to sort it out: we all have a part to play, writes Christine McGourty, chief executive of Water UK
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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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Fresh off the success of Water's Worth Saving, Waterwise has launched a month-long campaign to persuade people to value water more highly and use it more efficiently
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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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