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.
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.
Thames Water is the first company in the country to undertake a mass rollout of smart water meters and has reached half a million installations. The firm said the programme has led to a reduction in leakage and greater consumer engagement with water efficiency.
Last month Anglian expanded its Shop Window project, which aims to use the town of Newmarket as a live testbed for innovative solutions to the problems the water sector is facing now, and for the future. Utility Week chats to the driving forces behind the project.
So you thought playing in the water retail market was going to be tough? Well, it got a whole lot tougher this week, when senior representatives from Defra and Ofwat made it clear they were setting the rules, answering a resounding “no” to two heartfelt pleas from industry.
Abstraction reform is the forgotten part of the water sector.
First touted in 2011’s white paper “Water for Life”, it failed to make it into the first draft of the Water Bill, and was never added before the bill became law in 2014.
Water companies could be offered reputational and financial incentives to encourage them to reduce their levels of abstraction from certain sources, as Ofwat considers recommendations made by the Abstraction Incentive Mechanism (AIM) taskforce.