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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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Ofwat chief executive Cathryn Ross has urged the water sector to rethink how it deals with and treats wastewater in order to improve its resilience.
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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has denied watering down the fracking amendments made to the Infrastructure Bill, saying the changes made mean they are “presented in a clearer and legal way” in the final Act.
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The tighter rules on fracking that have been added to the Infrastructure Bill are not needed to protect the water sources and the environment, according to the chair of the Environment Agency (EA).
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The chief executive of trade association Water UK will step down at the end of the year after nearly 17 years in the role, Utility Week can exclusively reveal.
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Trade unions have suspended the industrial action taken against Northern Ireland Water (NI Water) which has so far lasted four weeks and resulted in widespread disruption of services.
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