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The number of discharges from combined sewer overflows into rivers and seas rose 87.6% in 2020/21 according to a report by Surfers Against Sewage, the group which has called for an end of CSOs by 2030. Its report showed discharges occurring outside of extreme weather events and at bathing sites designated 'excellent'.
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David Black spoke at the MOSL CEO forum asking participants in the non-household market to help accelerate reforms of the market performance framework that was identified as a friction point between participants after the market opened in 2017. Black praised progress on improving innovation in the sector but said more is still needed to deliver benefits for customers and the environment.
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A coordinated smart meter rollout could deliver £4.4 billion of societal, environmental benefits against a cost of £2.5 billion, a study by Frontier Economics has found. The benefits would include lower water consumption, improved network management, customer-side leakage detection and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
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Although water companies risk bearing the brunt of public anger over sewage spills, the government has shown little appetite for allowing them the level of investment needed to tackle the issue effectively, Utility Week has been told. Ministers must now “take off the shackles” following the passage of the long-awaited Environment Act.
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Ofwat has said a cultural shift will be needed from water companies in order to move away from producing five-year business plans in isolation. The regulator wrote to businesses setting out expectations for "minimum requirements" on long-term strategies.
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Water companies are generating ever more of their own power so they are not held hostage to price hikes from energy suppliers. Lee Jones report
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Judging by findings from Utility Week/Accent's latest Senior Executive Panel survey, the new version of the Water Bill should offer some comfort to the industry on resilience issues, but there is still a lot to be worked out. Karma Ockenden reports
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As Scottish Water has grown up, it has earned Wics' trust - and this will be fundamental to the next price review. Long-term FD, and now chief exec, Douglas Millican tells Karma Ockenden why
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The water sector must put flesh on the bones of its sewer data if it is to improve customer outcomes. Jo Hulance and Ian Dawes issue a call to arms
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Big data provides a big opportunity to regain customer trust. Take it, say Ben Taylor and Richard Postance
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The Water Bill is to be expected "any day" and will allow the secretary of state to set customer service levels which water companies must meet, according to a speech by Defra's Dr Sonia Phippard at the Future Water 2013 conference in London today.
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Southern Water has taken the bold step of proposing to spend more on securing water resources than convention demands. Why? Because it's what customers want. Karma Ockenden wonders how the regulator will respond
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Sutton and East Surrey water plans to increase its compulsory metering programme to customers over the next 25 years to combat the potential of dwindling water stocks and achieve a penetration figure of 90% of homes.
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