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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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The industry needs to transform the water business from one that largely focuses on earning a return from building assets to a new dynamic model that delivers service through imaginative solutions
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Water regulator Ofwat this week published guidance that suggests a weighted average cost of capital much lower than most companies would like – and they may struggle to adjust. Conor McGlone reports.
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“Innovation is everywhere I look every day, and all contributing towards putting downward pressure on bills”
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The rules have been changed to allow transitional spending from one AMP period to the next. Conor McGlone reports.
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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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