Leakage

Ambitious regulatory and company targets mean leakage will be a key focus over the 2020-25 period and beyond. Find out what water firms are doing to tackle the problem.

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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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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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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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United Utilities has said it is on track for its lowest leakage rates ever in the first year of AMP7 and has more than halved its supply interruptions during the past year. In a trading update published ahead of its full year results to 31 March, the company also confirmed it has recorded no serious pollution incidents for a second year.
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Scottish Water’s decarbonisation strategy works back from the net-zero target of 2045 to establish what needs to be achieved and when – as well as who will pay. As part of our Countdown to COP series, chief executive Douglas Millican talks to Ruth Williams about taking a long-term view and how the company sought public backing for its plans.
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Anglian has set out how it will spend £630 million from 2021/22 across its region with a focus on leakage, strategic infrastructure projects and protecting waterways including chalk streams.
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As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week speaks to Iain McGuffog, director of strategy & regulation at Bristol Water. He discusses the importance of a community-led approach to reaching net zero, opportunities under Brexit and why some failures will be inevitable if ambition and innovation are truly stretching.
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Portsmouth and Southern will publicly sign their bulk supply agreement today, marking an historic milestone for both companies. Chief executive Bob Taylor talks to Utility Week about how Havant Thicket exemplifies the water-only company's growing role in regional water resource planning.
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Anglian Water has set out plans to expand its Shop Window, the company's Newmarket test bed for innovation, to trial its projects with one million customers before company-wide adoption.
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The judging panel for Ofwat's much anticipated Innovation in Water Challenge has been named. The eight experts from the water sector and related industries will judge a Dragons' Den style pitching competition
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After parts of the UK saw the lowest temperatures recorded in a century this week, Utility Week asks how ready is the water sector for another big thaw?
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United Utilities has reached a milestone in leakage detection by developing its AI to identify the size of leaks in networks so technicians can prioritise repairs. The Fido system distinguishes data from loggers while ignoring background noises for improved accuracy.
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The role that the non-household water sector will play in developing water resource management plans and driving greater efficiencies has been set out in an action plan by wholesalers and retailers.
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Ofwat has confirmed its decision to approve the first four projects under the RAPID scheme to improve resilience through collaborations between water companies.
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South West Water is looking for community projects that encourage water efficiency. The company is offering funding for non-profit groups that want to install efficiency schemes such as drought gardens
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New commitments for water companies, Ofwat and the Environment Agency to increase transparency and reduce the reliance on storm overflows have been made in response to Philip Dunne's Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill. Utility Week speaks to the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee.
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Managing water resources to prevent flooding or droughts is a national concern and regional planning groups are bringing together their work to inform the bigger picture. Ruth Williams looks at the work underway to map out needs for the rest of the century.
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