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Eliminating the harm from combined sewer overflows will require multi-faceted action supported by regulation and legislation to improve river health but could cost more than £100 billion, Water UK has told the Environmental Audit Committee in a written submission.
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Investment in Northern Ireland's wastewater and drainage systems fell so far behind over the past six years that housing and industrial developments were stalled. As the country's water network awaits the regulator's verdict on spending plans for the next price control, its director of finance and regulation Ronan Larkin discusses the consequences of further underinvestment.
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To address some of the problematic elements of decarbonisation in the water sector, this virtual innovation festival jointly hosted by Anglian, Yorkshire and Essex & Suffolk will look towards COP26
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South Staffs has engaged with farmers and land managers to trial companion crops for maize fields as part of a catchment management scheme that has seen nitrate run off reduced by 50 per cent
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SES Water has created a campaign to debunk commonly held myths about water consumption at a personal, local and global level as part of its efforts to reduce consumer demand in its region.
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The rules have been changed to allow transitional spending from one AMP period to the next. Conor McGlone reports.
Analysis
Water companies will have to deliver more for less in 2015-20 and even closer partnering will be crucial, say Jason Ryall and Steve Williams.
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For AMP6, Ofwat is adopting a regulatory model based on outcomes rather than outputs, but have water companies aligned their contractor model to this new world? By Terry Povall.
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The cost of living debate has emphasised the need for water firms to get value for their customers’ money, says Tony Ballance.
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Uncertainty has not deterred M&A activity in the water sector, says Steven Bryan.
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Carmen Paun reports on what we have learned from the first phase of catchment management pilots driven by the Water Framework Directive, and where we go next.
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Thames has found Ofwat in no mood to negotiate on prices, says Ellen Bennett.
Analysis
Thomas Francis argues that water companies need to take a less patchy and more proactive approach to managing weather impacts.
Opinion
Ex-water minister Richard Benyon sounded cheery this week as he tweeted his followers: “on [the] backbenches!” After three-and-a-half years on the frontbench, Benyon may well be relieved to leave the sector behind. He narrowly escapes being the man in charge when the water sector is opened up to non-domestic competition in 2017, and perhaps more importantly, won’t be responsible for deciding the nature of abstraction and upstream reform. Those duties will now fall to his replacement, George Eustice, pending the next election (or any further reshuffles).
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