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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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The challenges of planning and building an underground utilities superhighway for the Games were overcome through co-operation and the use of new design protocols, as Phillip Norman reports.
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In preparation for retail market opening, Philip Boyle argues water companies should be required to clean up their data or new entrants will stay away and competition will fail
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Welsh Water has announced pre-tax profits of £6.6 million for the year ending 31 March 2012 and pledged an extra £100 million of investment over the next three years.
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A nod to customer views is no longer enough. Emma Harding says water firms are now obliged to base investment decisions on customer preferences
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