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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 health of English rivers has come under fierce public scrutiny in recent months for declining biodiversity but in Shropshire 100 water voles have been reintroduced as part of work by Severn Trent and the EA
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Water companies reported a 15 per cent year-on-year rise in external sewer flooding incidents in 2019/20, with the number of homes flooded by sewage up 14 per cent. The figures were included in the latest annual report from consumer watchdog, CCW, which said they underlined the need for water companies to accelerate their response to climate change.
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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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With public concern about waterways growing, two Hertfordshire MPs have formed an all-party group on chalk streams
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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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United Utilities has created a town-wide smart water network in Macclesfield that incorporates AI to learn from patterns in the network data to detect leaks before they spring
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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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A study by UKWIR and University of Sheffield aims to understand the conditions that can cause buried pipes to leak. It will explore effects of pressure and environment to better inform how companies should invest in pipe maintenance
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The EA undertook a review of deep sourced groundwater that found it may be a useful alternative source in water stressed areas, particularly for livestock and irrigation. It has proposed mapping sources across England to better protect them.
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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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