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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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The upstream competition provisions of the Water Bill raise the spectre of regional de-averaging of prices. Anthony Legg looks at what this could mean and for whom
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Welsh Water has opened a £10.4 million water testing laboratory in Newport Glaslyn, to "ensure the highest possible quality" of drinking water for its customers.
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Corporation Tax and corporate governance arrangements for water companies could be in line for a shake-up, warns Nigel Hawkins
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Since privatisation, the logic of an integrated clean and dirty water enterprise structure has dominated in the water sector. This was underpinned by the logic of scale economies, so necessary to utilities originating in a public service ethos. Is that about to change? In the "dustbin" solid waste economy, disposal taxes will have increased the upper price ceiling of waste disposal from £7 per tonne in 1997 to £100 in 2013, powering a veritable explosion of new entrants offering alternatives to landfill. Unsurprisingly, this is creating a loop back to technology innovation embracing new bio, thermo, chemical and mechanical applications able to prosper at these higher rates of reward. The stimulus is not just fiscal, however.
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Scottish water and sewerage company, Business Stream, says savings for the public and third sectors are expected to reach £37.1 million through a contract extension deal.
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