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An environmental group has threatened legal action against environment minister Rebecca Pow’s department for not dealing comprehensively with combined sewer overflows.
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Water companies from across the UK as well as supply partners, NGOs and academic groups have been awarded funding for 11 projects from the Ofwat Innovation Fund to tackle shared problems faced by the sector. See the full list as well as the thoughts of Ofwat's John Russell.
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Scottish Water’s decarbonisation strategy works back from the net-zero target of 2045 to establish what needs to be achieved and when – as well as who will pay. As part of our Countdown to COP series, chief executive Douglas Millican talks to Ruth Williams about taking a long-term view and how the company sought public backing for its plans.
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Ofwat is considering altering Tideway's licence to acknowledge the delays and additional costs incurred because of Covid-19. It is consulting on changing the amount customers pay from 60 to 85 per cent of the c.£200million extra that the pandemic is anticipated to have added to the price of delivering the super sewer.
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Ofwat has proposed a series of changes in the ways water companies report on leakage savings and costs to inform PR24 framework and suggested introducing mandatory reporting for embedded and operational greenhouse gas emissions. The proposals are partly in response to recommendations made by the Competition and Markets Authority as part of its PR19 redeterminations.
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After six years of underinvestment, Northern Ireland Water has been granted £2.1 billion to spend on capital investment programmes to improve infrastructure as well as to meet climate and environmental goals. The increase in capital investment will enable the company to provide wastewater treatment services that have lagged behind the rate of housing growth.
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Northumbrian's Innovation Festival returns for its fifth year with a hybrid of small physical hubs feeding into an online global event. Sprints, data hacks and workshops will focus on sector wide challenges with participants from within and outside of the water industry coming together.
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An environmental NGO has called for government to end its obsession with lower bills and allow the water sector to properly invest in infrastructure. The Salmon and Trout Conservation group asked government to remove obstructions that prevent the Environment Agency from monitoring polluters
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A former Environment Agency water quality expert has lambasted the body’s monitoring of river and sewer overflows. Peter Lloyd told the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) that the regulator lacked the expertise to understand and interpret data gathered from wastewater treatment works.
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Scottish Water’s decarbonisation strategy works back from the net-zero target of 2045 to establish what needs to be achieved and when – as well as who will pay. As part of our Countdown to COP series, chief executive Douglas Millican talks to Ruth Williams about taking a long-term view and how the company sought public backing for its plans.
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Ofwat is considering altering Tideway's licence to acknowledge the delays and additional costs incurred because of Covid-19. It is consulting on changing the amount customers pay from 60 to 85 per cent of the c.£200million extra that the pandemic is anticipated to have added to the price of delivering the super sewer.
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Following local campaign action to clean the waters in two Sussex harbours, Southern Water will invest £5m as part of its environmental commitments to improve waterways and reduce usage of CSOs in the area
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Anglian has set out how it will spend £630 million from 2021/22 across its region with a focus on leakage, strategic infrastructure projects and protecting waterways including chalk streams.
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Monitoring of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) has increased 14-fold over the past four years, according to data from the Environment Agency (EA), with 100 per cent coverage expected by 2023. The EA has for the first time publicly released data on the frequency and length of sewage discharges from the 12,092 CSOs that were monitored in 2020, which showed 403,171 spills last year.
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