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Macquarie has signaled its determination to plough capital into the water sector's whipping boy Southern Water as it continues its struggle to "become brilliant at the basics". Industry analyst Nigel Hawkins examines the bid and its background.
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NI Water has urged government to back its business plans that include opportunities for other stakeholders to utilise its infrastructure and resources to achieve shared climate change mitigation goals.
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Vodafone's head of innovation Danny Kelly tells Utility Week about its new software platform that he says will allow water companies to combine data from both new hardware and legacy assets to create smarter networks.
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Utility Week hears initial thoughts from the water sector on the first draft of Defra’s strategic policy statement to Ofwat, with commentators warning that it lacks the detail required to trigger the investment needed at PR24 if the government is serious about tackling river pollution and decarbonisation.
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The government is set to launch a review into how green electricity tariffs are marketed by suppliers. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said it would issue a call for evidence in the retail strategy following concerns over the way suppliers market their green electricity tariffs. Specifically, there are worries some may be overstating the environmental impact of their green credentials.
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The government has announced plans to impose a legal duty on water companies to reduce the impact of sewage discharges from storm overflows after stripping out a similar requirement from an amendment to the Environment Bill. Water UK said it must now enact further policies to protect sewer systems if it is serious about combating pollution.
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MPs have blocked moves to force water companies to reduce raw sewage discharges into rivers. On Wednesday (20 October), the House of Commons voted by 268 votes to 204 to back a watered-down version of a House of Lords amendment to the Environment Bill, which would have required firms to take immediate action to stem sewage outflows.
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Severn Trent's chief executive told the Environmental Audit Committee that diffuse pollution from agriculture has "swallowed" the improvements to river health made by water companies. Industry CEOs updated the committee on status of monitoring and pollution across their regions with Sarah Bentley telling the committee she was "impatient for change" at Thames.
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Southern Water, along with local stakeholder organisations, has committed to prioritising the water quality and environment of three Sussex and Hampshire harbours in all investment decisions that may impact the areas. The company is carrying out an assessment to establish a natural capital baseline for future decisions.
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Northumbrian Water has been fined more than half a million pounds for a pollution incident in 2017 where sewage overflowed from a manhole and entered the Heads Hope Dene stream. The company self-reported the spill to the Environment and immediately began work to clear the blockage that caused the problem
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Water UK has proposed new legislation to protect and enhance the health of rivers to fix loopholes in current legislation and remove any barriers to innovation - especially in the form of nature based solutions. In a new manifesto, the trade body also called for swift action on CSOs, abstraction and bathing water.
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Utility Week Innovate and industry experts from the likes of Thames, Northumbrian and Yorkshire Water dived into challenges posed by managing tens of million data points across vast networks with ever-changing technology as industry-wide CSO targets loom.
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Projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during wastewater treatment, minimise harm to waterways, and an at-scale water neutrality scheme are among the winners of Ofwat's £35 million innovation fund to encourage collaboration on common challenges in the sector.
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An alliance of environmental groups and stakeholders has called for increased investment at the next price review to end to river pollution and the use of combined sewer overflows (CSOs).
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Work advances on London's super sewer as connections from the new Tideway are added to join with the existing sewer network. In preparation for the work, a chamber was flooded prior to tunnelling to maintain pressure with the surrounding river water.
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Thames Water has set out its plans to improve flow and water quality from chalk streams in its region by upgrading sewage treatment works, installing monitoring equipment, cutting abstraction and working with local groups to restore and enhance waterways.
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