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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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An Environment Agency report called for further research into how low quality rivers socially impact communities living closest to them. The urban environment report noted pollutants to waterways from surface run-off that would worsen as climate change becomes more extreme.
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Ofwat’s final decision on extra investment in green recovery schemes on top of the PR19 packages has seen the total fall from £850 million in May’s draft announcement to £793 million today. This is as a result of Thames Water – one of the five companies to submit green recovery plans – reducing the size of its smart metering programme after the regulator cast doubt on its deliverability.
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More water companies than ever before have achieved the Environment Agency's highest standard for environmental performance and serious pollution incidents have fallen year-on-year. However, the EA says it still has "serious cause for concern" for two companies and wants accelerated efforts to reach zero pollution events.
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Water UK's director of policy Stuart Colville tells Utility Week the government needs to match the water sector's ambition to meet demand management goals and to improve sewerage systems
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Thames Water has set up a fast-track pollution reporting system for members of the public to report incidents. The company said it would send a dedicated team to assess the situation within two hours.
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Thames Water has set out plans to go beyond carbon net-zero goals with an ambition to enter carbon neutrality by 2040. The routemap highlights wastewater treatment as the area most in need of attention, but with opportunities included.
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The chief executive of the Environment Agency faced questions from MPs as part of the Environmental Audit Committee's enquiry into river health in England. James Bevan blamed having his budget slashed by two thirds since 2010 for failings to properly monitor and inspect to protect waterways.
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David Black has written to chief executives to remind them of their responsibilities surrounding the use and monitoring of combined sewer overflows. Ofwat's interim chief executive stressed that the regulator would use enforcement powers if companies did not comply voluntarily
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