Eliminating the harm from combined sewer overflows will require multi-faceted action supported by regulation and legislation to improve river health but could cost more than £100 billion, Water UK has told the Environmental Audit Committee in a written submission.
Thames Water and Kingston Council are embarking on a project to capture heat from effluent at a wastewater treatment site and supply it to new housing estate via a district heating network. The network will eventually be expanded to serve public and commercial buildings in Kingston town centre.
Pollution incidents caused by water and sewerage companies plateaued in 2019/20 against an overall drop in the number of incidents a report from the Environment Agency shows. Introducing the report, chief executive James Bevan warned that environmental protection and enhancement will come at a cost.
The judging panel for Ofwat's much anticipated Innovation in Water Challenge has been named. The eight experts from the water sector and related industries will judge a Dragons' Den style pitching competition
Severn Trent is ramping up its use of smart sewer monitoring devices after the success of a trial. The company reported 25 per cent fewer blockages and a 15 per cent reduction in pollution incidents during the first year of AMP7
New commitments for water companies, Ofwat and the Environment Agency to increase transparency and reduce the reliance on storm overflows have been made in response to Philip Dunne's Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill. Utility Week speaks to the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee.
Yorkshire has begun using a cloud platform to share data including images and video with multiple team members when dealing with a sewer incident to allow the company to resolve problems more quickly and efficiently.
The first round of Ofwat's innovation competition kicks off today with the Innovation in Water Challenge, inviting ideas and pitches from within and outside the water sector with a chance to win up £250,000 of development funds.
Bristol Water has created an online library of resources for students learning at home during lockdown. Worksheets, videos and experiments all related to water are available for KS2 and above learners.
Scottish Water can invest 30 per cent more in its upcoming price control period to update aging assets and mitigate against the affects of climate change, however its regulator said the efficiency challenges mean the final determination is tougher than Ofwat's PR19.