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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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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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Liv Garfield, chief executive of Severn Trent, has stressed the need to create and design a new Britain to adapt to the pressures of climate change and population growth.
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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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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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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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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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Fresh off the success of Water's Worth Saving, Waterwise has launched a month-long campaign to persuade people to value water more highly and use it more efficiently
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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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Meeting the challenges of climate change, over population and PR19 will take innovation and collaboration both within and beyond the water sector. To realise this, a water "centre of excellence" has been conceived and will be launched in the spring.
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Pollution incidents reported by water companies rose in 2019, with Southern, South West and Northumbrian named as the worst offenders, while Wessex, Severn Trent and United Utilities each scored well.
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