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Pennon Group has opened up its WaterSharePlus scheme for the second time since 2020 to offer all customers - including those of newly acquired Bristol Water - £20 off their water bill or a share in the company. Utility Week spoke to chief executive Susan Davy and finance director Paul Boote about environmental goals, gearing and the integration of Bristol.
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The Environment Agency has called on regional water resource management groups to align plans with one another where sharing or transferring of resources has been proposed and for groups to work across sectors to better understand future demands on non-public water supplies
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Severn Trent has allocated another £30 million of funding to its Big Difference Scheme, which allows low-income households to reduce their water bills by up to 90%. The company said the extra funding will enable support to be extended to another 100,000 customers who are struggling to pay their bills in the face of the cost of living crisis.
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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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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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Ofwat's section 13 proposals have so horrified water firms that a Competition Commission showdown looks inevitable, says Clive Mottram.
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Ofwat has come under pressure to get tougher on leakage after the Guardian reported that 11 water companies have zero reduction targets by 2015.
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