NI Water has urged government to back its business plans that include opportunities for other stakeholders to utilise its infrastructure and resources to achieve shared climate change mitigation goals.
Vodafone's head of innovation Danny Kelly tells Utility Week about its new software platform that he says will allow water companies to combine data from both new hardware and legacy assets to create smarter networks.
Utility Week hears initial thoughts from the water sector on the first draft of Defra’s strategic policy statement to Ofwat, with commentators warning that it lacks the detail required to trigger the investment needed at PR24 if the government is serious about tackling river pollution and decarbonisation.
Ofwat has reviewed and reflected on performance and feedback from PR14 regulatory period that showed the impact introducing outcome incentives had on sector-wide performance and lessons to learn as PR24 business plans are set
A trial by Yorkshire, Siemens and Artesia has trained artificial intelligence to learn to distinguish the sound of a leak on Yorkshire's network from other background noises. This 60 per cent improvement lets the company focus its activities on attending and repairing true leaks.
Water companies in the UK are facing new legislation to deal with the sewage discharge problem, plus continued regulatory pressure on leaks and water quality. But tech solutions, such as virtual modelling via a ‘digital twin’, are bringing results to water companies in Germany, Sweden and the UK, as Andrew Welsh, sales director for global water technology company Xylem reports.
The public remain largely unaware of the responsibilities water companies and other stakeholders have to conserve the natural world, or of the work the sector undertakes. Most agreed environmental concerns should be more important than lowering bills or making services accessible.
The judging panel for the main competition within Ofwat's innovation fund has been named with eight people chosen from industry, academia, R&D and beyond the water sector. The competition is designed to encourage innovative ideas, collaboration and sharing of risk to develop projects.
The Environment Agency has proposed allowing water companies up to 25 years to deliver on environmental programmes and extending the timeframe for the Water Industry National Environmental Programme (WINEP) from five to ten years.
Ofwat’s final decision on extra investment in green recovery schemes on top of the PR19 packages has seen the total fall from £850 million in May’s draft announcement to £793 million today. This is as a result of Thames Water – one of the five companies to submit green recovery plans – reducing the size of its smart metering programme after the regulator cast doubt on its deliverability.
SES Water has reported missing its target to lower per capita consumption (PCC) due to “soaring” use in lockdown. However, leakage targets were met and efforts to increase communications with its vulnerable billpayers led to 90 per cent feeling supported.
The highly anticipated news that Defra was introducing mandatory water efficiency labels was universally welcomed by the water industry, but what will it actually achieve? Utility Week speaks to the sector about the decision not to be equally ambitious on building regulations.
The long-awaited response to Defra's consultation on water efficiency has been published with confirmation that mandatory water efficiency labels will be brought in. However, there is concern that building standards for new homes to be as water efficient as possible will only be optional.
CCW peered into people's kitchen sinks to reveal how families actually used water over a week compared to how they thought they used it. The participants were shocked to see how much water they wasted and evidence of pouring fats down the drains.
SES has set out what it calls a demand-led approach to cutting 2,400 tonnes of carbon each year by 2030. This will include engagement with customers and stakeholders to reduce the amount of water that needs abstracting, treating and pumping as well as efforts to phase out fossil fuels in the coming decade.
Ofwat's interim chief executive set out his vision for reimagining water regulation towards longer-term resource planning and greater use of engaged citizens to enable necessary changes at pace to protect and enhance the environment.