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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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Consumer organisations tell Utility Week how they want utilities to respond to customers' needs in the next 20 years.
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Customers don't want to wait until 2015 to start paying private sewer costs. Deryck Hall explains why, and sets out what else customers told CCWater about last October's sewer transfer.
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Water companies are reluctant administrators of affordability policy. Karma Ockenden reports the findings of the latest Utility Week senior executive panel survey. Nearly two-thirds of senior executives on Utility Week's high-level panel (see box) have joined the likes of the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) and shadow water minister Gavin Shuker in condemning the government's decision to leave responsibility for dealing with water poverty to water companies.
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The average water bill in England and Wales is expected to rise by 0.5 per cent above inflation to £376 in 2012/13.
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