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New chief executives have been unveiled at United Utilities and Electricity North West, following the retirement of Steve Mogford and Peter Emery respectively.
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Ofwat has named David Black as its permanent chief executive after a year in the position in an interim capacity. Black oversaw the PR19 price review, dubbed the toughest the sector has seen, and has been instrumental in tightening financial resilience of water companies.
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Industry experts have called for the prioritisation of work to better understand and remove surface water without it entering overburdened sewers as a key challenge of climate change resilience. The chief executive of Thames and Northumbrian Water agree that the sector needs to work harder, and collaborate further on managing surface water.
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Consumer research shows water companies are increasingly being seen as the primary culprits when it comes to river pollution, yet public awareness of the work they are doing to mitigate these impacts is actually dropping. Ruth Williams asks why the water sector has struggled to make its voice heard.
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Advanced workforce management solutions help field crews clean up after extreme weather events.
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Complaints should not be discouraged, they should be sought out, because they can provide a utility with a good indication that there is an underlying problem that needs resolving, says Michael Hill.
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With water companies just a month away from submitting their business plans, Sonia Brown sets out some final thoughts for boards to consider
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Having successfully set the cat among the pigeons in the energy sector with his price freeze pledge, Ed Miliband has turned his cost-of-living guns on water. Labour will scrutinise the industry to “make sure it is working properly”. There is talk specifically of a “national affordability scheme”, a mandatory social tariff.
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