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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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A former Environment Agency water quality expert has lambasted the body’s monitoring of river and sewer overflows. Peter Lloyd told the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) that the regulator lacked the expertise to understand and interpret data gathered from wastewater treatment works.
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Ofwat has come under pressure to get tougher on leakage after the Guardian reported that 11 water companies have zero reduction targets by 2015.
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Anglian Water is set to build a new £44 million reservoir and water treatment works near to Newton-on-Trent after getting the go ahead from West Lindsey district council. The 230 megalitre scheme, which will use a new pumping station to abstract water from the Trent, should be built by 2014.
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Water companies put lots of effort into consulting their customers for the long term - witness Severn Trent's quick start on customer engagement for PR14. But when it comes to talking to them about drought, it has all been too little, too late.
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