Meeting environmental targets and cutting the use of combined sewer overflows have been outlined as key priorities for Ofwat to incentivise in the next price review.
Defra has instructed the regulator to make environmental planning and pollution reduction top objectives, in its draft strategic policy statement (SPS) for PR24 and beyond.
Utility Week hears initial thoughts from the water sector on the first draft of Defra’s strategic policy statement to Ofwat, with commentators warning that it lacks the detail required to trigger the investment needed at PR24 if the government is serious about tackling river pollution and decarbonisation.
Portsmouth has begun a smart meter trial ahead of a wider rollout during AMP8. Water efficiency manager Lianne Riggs told Utility Week customers are less interested in saving money because bills are low but environmental messages do resonate.
Affinity Water will measure and report on its non-operational emissions from next year as it sets out plans to be carbon negative for scopes one two and three emissions by 2030. Nature-based solutions and developing a blue carbon finance framework are included in the plans.
The highly anticipated news that Defra was introducing mandatory water efficiency labels was universally welcomed by the water industry, but what will it actually achieve? Utility Week speaks to the sector about the decision not to be equally ambitious on building regulations.
The long-awaited response to Defra's consultation on water efficiency has been published with confirmation that mandatory water efficiency labels will be brought in. However, there is concern that building standards for new homes to be as water efficient as possible will only be optional.
CCW peered into people's kitchen sinks to reveal how families actually used water over a week compared to how they thought they used it. The participants were shocked to see how much water they wasted and evidence of pouring fats down the drains.
Chair of the Environment Agency Emma Howard Boyd said the water industry needs more private investment and to be less reliant on government direction to tackle its mounting challenges around water security in the coming decades
Ofwat's interim chief executive set out his vision for reimagining water regulation towards longer-term resource planning and greater use of engaged citizens to enable necessary changes at pace to protect and enhance the environment.
The chief executive of the Environment Agency faced questions from MPs as part of the Environmental Audit Committee's enquiry into river health in England. James Bevan blamed having his budget slashed by two thirds since 2010 for failings to properly monitor and inspect to protect waterways.
With tough targets to lower PCC during AMP7, water companies will need innovative approaches to encourage customers to reduce water usage while still providing the service they expect. Panellists of a Utility Week webinar discussed how nudge theory, the internet of things and environmental concerns can be used to influence people to use less.
Water UK's chief executive has urged utility companies to sign up to the UN-backed Race to Zero on the first anniversary of its launch. South West and Welsh Water now join United Utilities, Anglian and Severn Trent in the decarbonisation pledge.