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January will mark two years since sustainable drainage solutions (SuDS) became mandatory in Wales - a move which could soon follow in England. Welsh Water’s director of wastewater Steve Wilson tells Utility Week that during that time SuDS have vastly reduced the use of combined sewer overflows (CSOs), increased biodiversity and saved hundreds of properties from flooding.
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The Environment Agency and Defra have presented a bleak picture of the health of English waterways with no improvement in the past three years and upgraded testing showing chemicals present in all rivers.
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There needs to be “a big step forward” in the ambition of water companies to reduce pollution incidents and manage wastewater in response to growing public scrutiny, a senior figure at the Environment Agency has warned. 
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Anglian Water has called for greater emphasis on long-term investment to tackle climate change within the next price review in 2024. The proposal is set out in its five-point green recovery plan.
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Following a scathing government report on the management of water supplies, Ofwat's chief executive has defended its approach to resilience, bills and investment
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Ofwat has named Nesta as the lead organisation to deliver the water sector's innovation fund and competition. The foundation will be supported by Arup and Isle Utilities.
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The climate crisis is the biggest challenge we are facing and we cannot expect politicians to sort it out: we all have a part to play, writes Christine McGourty, chief executive of Water UK
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An environmental group has demanded legally-binding sewage emission reduction targets and further transparency from water companies on discharges into rivers and bathing water. Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has released its latest research on water quality, in which it said water companies were still “discharging sewage at alarming rates, polluting the environment, and risking our health”.
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Anglian Water has dislodged four and a half tonnes of non-flushable items from a single stretch of sewer pipe as part of a project to identify blockage hotspots across its network
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Early warning signs of Covid-19 can be identified in sewage, trials have shown, with the first incidence of the virus in London’s wastewater appearing before cases were confirmed there.
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Water cannot be excluded from energy and planning discussions if the UK is to meet its commitments to net zero, according to a new paper from the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum that recommends ambitious targets for consumption and calls for mandatory sustainable drainage and water labelling.
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Chalk streams health will be improved following promises by Affinity, Anglian, Southern and Thames Water to reduce abstraction and pollution to restore flows and health of these ecologically critical waterways
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Lanes Group and Unblocktober are calling for manufacturers to be clearer about the damage wet wipes can cause with evocative packaging inspired by cigarette boxes to feature on non-flushable wipes
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Meeting the challenges of climate change, over population and PR19 will take innovation and collaboration both within and beyond the water sector. To realise this, a water "centre of excellence" has been conceived and will be launched in the spring.
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