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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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Wastewater reuse can be a serious supply contender, but the right systems need to be in place to ensure safety, and users need to be brought on board. Vikki Williams provides a checklist.
Opinion
“This reorientation away from ticking the boxes towards what our customers are telling us… it’s been an incredibly profound change for the industry.” Matthew Wright,chief executive, Southern Water
Interviews
Leakage and hosepipe bans provide the water sector with plenty of bad headlines, but the truth is that the privatised water sector does not receive the credit it deserves for the work it does.
Comment
The upstream competition provisions of the Water Bill raise the spectre of regional de-averaging of prices. Anthony Legg looks at what this could mean and for whom
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Corporation Tax and corporate governance arrangements for water companies could be in line for a shake-up, warns Nigel Hawkins
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Since privatisation, the logic of an integrated clean and dirty water enterprise structure has dominated in the water sector. This was underpinned by the logic of scale economies, so necessary to utilities originating in a public service ethos. Is that about to change? In the "dustbin" solid waste economy, disposal taxes will have increased the upper price ceiling of waste disposal from £7 per tonne in 1997 to £100 in 2013, powering a veritable explosion of new entrants offering alternatives to landfill. Unsurprisingly, this is creating a loop back to technology innovation embracing new bio, thermo, chemical and mechanical applications able to prosper at these higher rates of reward. The stimulus is not just fiscal, however.
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Scottish water and sewerage company, Business Stream, says savings for the public and third sectors are expected to reach £37.1 million through a contract extension deal.
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