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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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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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South Staffs has secured government funding of £10 million under the Green Recovery Challenge that enabled it to upgrade its largest water treatment plant to a ceramic filtration system that will save around 1,000 tonnes carbon annually. The company plans to invest around £55 million upgrading two treatment works during AMP7.
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Anglian is tendering for partners under the direct procurement for customers (DPC) scheme to deliver a £100 million treatment plant as part of its transfer project to move water from north to south
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The government has announced plans to impose a legal duty on water companies to reduce the impact of sewage discharges from storm overflows after stripping out a similar requirement from an amendment to the Environment Bill. Water UK said it must now enact further policies to protect sewer systems if it is serious about combating pollution.
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Affinity Water has issued its first green bond to the value of £130 million to fund projects that will improve the environment as the company works to improve biodiversity and energy efficiency, reduce and prevent pollution, and improve the sustainability of water supplies.
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Anglian Water is ahead of industry peers in seeking to tackle the tricky area of capital carbon. Setting up robust carbon models and integrating these into asset intervention decision making as well as design processes has been key to progress as attendees at a recent UW Innovate webinar learned.
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Southern Water, along with local stakeholder organisations, has committed to prioritising the water quality and environment of three Sussex and Hampshire harbours in all investment decisions that may impact the areas. The company is carrying out an assessment to establish a natural capital baseline for future decisions.
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SES Water has told customers it is now safe to drink from the tap after confirming there is “no indication” that water leaving its Westwood treatment works is contaminated.
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Water UK has proposed new legislation to protect and enhance the health of rivers to fix loopholes in current legislation and remove any barriers to innovation - especially in the form of nature based solutions. In a new manifesto, the trade body also called for swift action on CSOs, abstraction and bathing water.
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Southern Water has opted to continue investigation and a trial to recycle wastewater to drinking water but not the desalination plant that had been an option to meet the supply deficit in Hampshire
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Projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during wastewater treatment, minimise harm to waterways, and an at-scale water neutrality scheme are among the winners of Ofwat's £35 million innovation fund to encourage collaboration on common challenges in the sector.
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Wessex and SES Water have each joined the UN-backed Race to Zero to halve global emissions by 2030. SES has set out its demand-led net zero plan that will see all customers migrated to a smart water meter and abstraction reduced by 25 per cent
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Severn Trent has unveiled a project that will add up to 95 megalitres of water each day to its supply network to protect against threats of scarcity. The water will be sourced, moved and treated with a low-carbon approach as part of the company's efforts to reach net zero by 2030.
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