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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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The cost to plug the "water poverty gap" could be up to £720 million, according to a report commissioned by Water UK. It shows the number of people living in water poverty in England and Wales is greater than previously calculated as of 2019/20, with more than 4 million households struggling to pay their bills.
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Ofwat’s freshly departed chief executive Rachel Fletcher talks to Utility Week about her highs and lows in the water sector - from price reviews, social contracts, CMA appeals and how the sector rebounded from what she described as its darkest point.
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Debt and collections leaders in utilities remain braced for the wave of debt and affordability woes they know will come with the end of government’s coronavirus support measures. Are they armed with the right products, resources and data to service the new scale and profile of customers in arrears?
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GMB members at Bristol Water are set to strike on Tuesday (6 April) in a dispute over pay. Bristol put forward an offer of a 1.5 per cent payrise for all staff as well as an extra £500 per worker. GMB said its members had rejected the “underwhelming” offer.
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Monitoring of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) has increased 14-fold over the past four years, according to data from the Environment Agency (EA), with 100 per cent coverage expected by 2023. The EA has for the first time publicly released data on the frequency and length of sewage discharges from the 12,092 CSOs that were monitored in 2020, which showed 403,171 spills last year.
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A drought order granted to South East Water by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs last month has not been used, because heavy rain over Christmas alleviated the crisis.
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The chief inspector of drinking water has accused Water UK of sending muddled messages and making"disingenuous" claims about the sector's work on water quality.
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In a water white paper published last month, government pledged to shake up the water industry. It set out plans that would eventually allow all non-domestic customers to choose their supplier, exposing water companies to competition in many cases for the first time. The government wants companies to be more responsive to customers and the environment, but has it done enough to make sure water remains affordable, and will it give companies and customers the tools they need to manage demand? Have your say in our live webchat, starting at 3pm. The webchat will scroll in a "Cover It Live" panel immediately below this paragraph. To have your say, use the comment box in the panel - no login required.
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