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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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Making water companies responsible for social tariffs is "not good enough", the shadow water minister told an online round­table hosted by Utility Week. Gavin Shuker MP said he would look into the feasibility of a national scheme to help customers in need.
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Despite wider gloom in the jobs market, Vicky Kenrick says talented utility and sustainability professionals are in great demand right now.
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A drought order granted to South East Water by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs last month has not been used, because heavy rain over Christmas alleviated the crisis.
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The chief inspector of drinking water has accused Water UK of sending muddled messages and making"disingenuous" claims about the sector's work on water quality.
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In a water white paper published last month, government pledged to shake up the water industry. It set out plans that would eventually allow all non-domestic customers to choose their supplier, exposing water companies to competition in many cases for the first time. The government wants companies to be more responsive to customers and the environment, but has it done enough to make sure water remains affordable, and will it give companies and customers the tools they need to manage demand? Have your say in our live webchat, starting at 3pm. The webchat will scroll in a "Cover It Live" panel immediately below this paragraph. To have your say, use the comment box in the panel - no login required.
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