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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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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.
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Thomas Francis argues that water companies need to take a less patchy and more proactive approach to managing weather impacts.
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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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Steve Nixon reports on UK water industry efforts to translate the EU’s Blueprint for Water into action.
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Ofwat says it expects water company boards to self-regulate to clean up corporate governance if they are to escape new licence conditions, reports Ellen Bennett.
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National Grid could start drilling at a carbon capture and storage (CCS) site off the Yorkshire coast as early as May, after an agreement for lease was signed last week.
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