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.
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
Over the past few years inclusivity has been a rising challenge for the utilities sector, one which is increasingly becoming a focus with regulators, with Ofwat and Ofgem calling for better service for all customers.
Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson tells Utility Week the company's customers have made it clear that cheaper bills are not the only priority when it comes to setting its business plan for the next five years.
Ofwat has asked water companies to cut leakage by 17 per cent by 2025 and UKWIR wants zero leaks by 2050. Can the Netherlands, with its 5 per cent rate of leakage, offer any pointers on how this can be achieved?
If people can stop and think twice about smoking, why not stop and think about the amount of water they are using? With such high interest from the public about environment and climate, Colin Skellett says there has never been a better time to make people think more about water usage.
The latest addition to Anglian's innovation hub in Newmarket will have the ability to detect, locate and solve problems in the network. The company said the system takes AI a step forward from making observations to being able to make judgements and decisions based on its observations.
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.