After a ripple of downgrading in the water sector on the back of final determinations earlier this year, companies are further challenged by the financial impacts of Covid-19. Fitch warns there is limited headroom for manoeuvre
Water companies are upping their game in bid to get their customers to save water after seeing a surge in use during lockdown. Alison Murphy, water strategy manager for SES Water, talks about the company’s new campaign
Three water companies are coming together to share data and develop ideas on how to help their customers use less water and save money. At a virtual hackathon Anglian, SES and Welsh Water are hoping to make progress on key challenges for the sector
As part of our Mind the Tap series, Utility Week talks to Affinity Water’s director of corporate affairs and communities, Jake Rigg, who has been instrumental in the success of the company’s #WhyNotWater campaign. He discusses the need to manage the message and reassure customers they don't have to radically alter their lives to save water. He also calls for urgent action to make new homes water efficient.
Leakage targets have been set by Ofwat to see a country-wide reduction of 17 per cent and some companies tasked with up to 25 per cent. A new report, available exclusively to Utility Week members, looks at how the sector is approaching the issue and some of the lessons learnt to date.
How can the sector promote trust, fairness and legitimacy at the same time as tackling the urgent transformations linked to the net-zero journey and technological advances? A panel including Ofwat’s Jonson Cox, Lord Deben, Northern Powergrid CEO Phil Jones and Michael Lewis of Eon, gave their view as part of the New Deal for Utilities debate
Shadow minister Luke Pollard argues for renationalising the water sector to achieve carbon targets and address the system that "disincentivises" improvements. He described the water sector as "one of the most carbon intensive industries".
Northumbrian Water chief executive, Heidi Mottram, talks to Utility Week about the success of the company’s tie-up with Anglian Water to create Innovate East - and how collaboration is key to breaking the mould.
If water companies aren’t currently meeting their leakage targets, it inevitably raises doubts over their ability to fulfill the ambitious goals of the next five years. This is the view expressed by the Consumer Council for Water in its annual report, in which it also chides firms for using the weather as a justification for supply interruptions.
Ofwat's chief executive talks about how setting ambitious new leakage targets has been “an interesting experiment” in using a different tool as a regulator.