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Southern Water has opted to continue investigation and a trial to recycle wastewater to drinking water but not the desalination plant that had been an option to meet the supply deficit in Hampshire
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Projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during wastewater treatment, minimise harm to waterways, and an at-scale water neutrality scheme are among the winners of Ofwat's £35 million innovation fund to encourage collaboration on common challenges in the sector.
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When last year's ambitious Routemap to net zero was published by Water UK in collaboration with Mott MacDonald and Ricardo, the sector was frank that it did not have the answers to all the challenges to be faced by 2030. As part of our Countdown to COP coverage, Maria Manidaki, net zero technical lead at Mott MacDonald, talks to Utility Week about the technical hurdles that remain on the water sector’s journey to net zero.
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Utility Week Innovate and industry experts from the likes of Thames, Northumbrian and Yorkshire Water dived into challenges posed by managing tens of million data points across vast networks with ever-changing technology as industry-wide CSO targets loom.
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Northumbrian Water's head of energy and decarbonisation shares details of how the company has worked with its partners as part of its journey to net zero and successes collaboration brought
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As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week speaks to the chief executive of Northumbrian Water about offsetting, encouraging customers to use less water and the priorities the government should set for Ofwat.
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Affinity Water and Thames Water have launched a new framework for measuring the health of chalk streams that will be used to identify problems and plan interventions. The assessment framework, which includes a set of chalk stream health metrics, will be piloted in the River Chess catchment area.
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Defra's strategic policy statement to Ofwat for the next price review is a missed opportunity, Water UK has said. The trade body representing the water sector warned that the lack of clarity and direction could run the risk of vital spending being deferred to a later review, which would be harmful for customers' bills and the environment.
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The water sector has set a target of 2030 to reach net zero but, as Yorkshire Water chief executive Liz Barber tells Utility Week, the regulator has yet to catch up. As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, she also defends offsetting as a valuable tool in achieving net zero, if it is properly executed.
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Severn Trent's chief executive told the Environmental Audit Committee that diffuse pollution from agriculture has "swallowed" the improvements to river health made by water companies. Industry CEOs updated the committee on status of monitoring and pollution across their regions with Sarah Bentley telling the committee she was "impatient for change" at Thames.
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Anglian Water is ahead of industry peers in seeking to tackle the tricky area of capital carbon. Setting up robust carbon models and integrating these into asset intervention decision making as well as design processes has been key to progress as attendees at a recent UW Innovate webinar learned.
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Ofwat has called on the water sector to do more to make data open and accessible as a means to share information, collaborate on sector-wide challenges, and improve trust in the industry through transparency, saying it wants to see "measurable progress" over the coming year.
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The Environment Agency's third climate adaptation report to government carries the stark message to "adapt or die". It said urgent action was required to help communities and industries live with the effects of climate change and this should be given as much focus as reducing emissions.
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Ofwat has said it won't yet make adjustments to outcome delivery incentives that may have been impacted due to Covid-19 and lockdowns. The regulator set out the draft in-period payments for each company but said there is not yet sufficient information to make an in-the-round decision about how performance has been hindered.
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Southern Water, along with local stakeholder organisations, has committed to prioritising the water quality and environment of three Sussex and Hampshire harbours in all investment decisions that may impact the areas. The company is carrying out an assessment to establish a natural capital baseline for future decisions.
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Ofwat has launched the second round of its innovation competition by inviting bids from across the water sector and beyond to find solutions to common challenges that benefit customers, the environment and wider society. Up to £39 million will be available across the two streams of the competition.
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