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An environmental group has threatened legal action against environment minister Rebecca Pow’s department for not dealing comprehensively with combined sewer overflows.
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Water companies from across the UK as well as supply partners, NGOs and academic groups have been awarded funding for 11 projects from the Ofwat Innovation Fund to tackle shared problems faced by the sector. See the full list as well as the thoughts of Ofwat's John Russell.
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Scottish Water’s decarbonisation strategy works back from the net-zero target of 2045 to establish what needs to be achieved and when – as well as who will pay. As part of our Countdown to COP series, chief executive Douglas Millican talks to Ruth Williams about taking a long-term view and how the company sought public backing for its plans.
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Affinity and Cambridge Water have joined forces to expand their cover crops programme following the success of previous years' campaigns, which saved more than 40 tonnes of nitrates from entering watersources
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Anglian has set out how it will spend £630 million from 2021/22 across its region with a focus on leakage, strategic infrastructure projects and protecting waterways including chalk streams.
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After six years of underinvestment, Northern Ireland Water has been granted £2.1 billion to spend on capital investment programmes to improve infrastructure as well as to meet climate and environmental goals. The increase in capital investment will enable the company to provide wastewater treatment services that have lagged behind the rate of housing growth.
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The environmental, as well as the financial, cost should be factored into the price of a litre of water, according to the chair of the APPG on chalk streams who said Ofwat should support companies in their environmental commitments
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Thames has rolled out a new IT system for monitoring its clean water processes, supplies and treatment works across the capital. The technology replaces a 25-year old system that remained online throughout the switchover to minimise disruptions
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Thames Water's head of smart metering talks about the trials, tribulations and many benefits the company has seen since it began the UK's first major smart water meter rollout
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Yorkshire Water is adding more than 4,000 square metres of ponds to one of its wastewater treatment sites that will use 25 different species of plant to remove phosphorous from the water before it is returned to the environment. The plants have been selected to promote diverse habitats, with particular attention given to creating environments which support bees and other pollinators.
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Northumbrian's Innovation Festival returns for its fifth year with a hybrid of small physical hubs feeding into an online global event. Sprints, data hacks and workshops will focus on sector wide challenges with participants from within and outside of the water industry coming together.
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Severn Trent will begin paying water retailers to encourage their customers to use less water during times of high demand. The trial, aimed at reducing demand during the summer, will offer a number of incentives including peak-demand alerts and cash incentives to lower consumption at key times.
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An environmental NGO has called for government to end its obsession with lower bills and allow the water sector to properly invest in infrastructure. The Salmon and Trout Conservation group asked government to remove obstructions that prevent the Environment Agency from monitoring polluters
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Scottish Water’s decarbonisation strategy works back from the net-zero target of 2045 to establish what needs to be achieved and when – as well as who will pay. As part of our Countdown to COP series, chief executive Douglas Millican talks to Ruth Williams about taking a long-term view and how the company sought public backing for its plans.
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Affinity and Cambridge Water have joined forces to expand their cover crops programme following the success of previous years' campaigns, which saved more than 40 tonnes of nitrates from entering watersources
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