Following concerns that water supplies could become contaminated during construction of HS2 lines, £100 million has been invested in new pumps and filters in case chalk dust from tunnelling clogs equipment and risks water quality.
Collaborative innovation within the water sector is currently high on the agenda, thanks to the Ofwat Innovation Fund. A team from the University of Sheffield has distilled its work on how best to build partnering relationships that lead to viable innovations into a new downloadable guide for the sector.
The Environment Agency has updated flood defence plans in readiness for increased extreme weather and set out obligations for water companies to make assets resilient over the next asset management period.
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
A former Environment Agency water quality expert has lambasted the body’s monitoring of river and sewer overflows. Peter Lloyd told the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) that the regulator lacked the expertise to understand and interpret data gathered from wastewater treatment works.
The latest report from the Public Accounts Committee has broadly criticised the slow progress made by government on environmental commitments and called for the Treasury to embed environmental accounting into the next spending review
New commitments for water companies, Ofwat and the Environment Agency to increase transparency and reduce the reliance on storm overflows have been made in response to Philip Dunne's Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill. Utility Week speaks to the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee.