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Ahead of the 2022 Energy Innovation Awards, Utility Week Innovate catches up with young innovator of the year nominee and inventor of the Aquabot – a robot created to measure water pollution in real time – Dale Colley.
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Untreated sewage has become seen by the public as the biggest cause of river pollution ahead of other contributors such as litter, fly-tipping and commercial waste, according to a new report by CCW. The consumer watchdog said its research found an increasing public awareness of the issue from media reports and urged sewerage companies to do more to inform billpayers what they are doing to address the problem.
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A stretch of the River Thames in Oxford is set to become the UK's second designated inland bathing site following a successful campaign by local community groups and The Rivers Trust. The classification means Thames Water, landowners and the local council will be required to improve water quality to bring it up to the safe swimming standard within the next five years.
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United Utilities has proposed adding a climate change-linked condition to its executive bonus scheme. It said the incentive would bring the policy in line with the company's environmental and social ambitions.
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United Utilities and Thames Water have each laid out the investments they plan to make to improve the health of rivers in their regions. Thames has set itself a target of reducing the total duration of its sewage discharges by 50% by 2030, whilst United Utilities has pledged to cut the number of spills in its region by one-third by 2025.
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When a pipe was struck during routine maintenance near a popular beach, Northumbrian Water’s teams swiftly mobilised to construct a mini treatment works in 48 hours to protect the beach and public from sewage. Treatment works manager Frank Errington talked Utility Week through the engineering feats required for the rapid repairs.
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Ofwat's interim chief executive David Black has written to water company bosses demanding that they publish detailed plans by the end of April setting out the specific actions they intend to take reduce harms to river water quality, including from storm overflows. He underlined that there is no regulatory reason not to act immediately.
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With growing public concern over the issue, the head of the Environment Agency James Bevan has warned that it is not pollution but instead scarcity that is the greatest threat to England’s water. He also highlighted that pollution from agriculture causes more damage to the environment than the sewage discharges that have grabbed headlines.
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Severn Trent is starting work to create two bathing sites on the rivers Teme and Leam in Shropshire as part of its green recovery investment programme. The £78 million investment will see the company make upgrades to its networks and treatment plants in the catchment to improve quality along 49 kilometres of river.
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Senior Ofwat director John Russell has told water companies it is unacceptable to "hide behind regulation" or wait until the next price review before taking action to minimise impacts of combined sewer overflows on rivers. He said where there are resources and ability, companies should begin improving the monitoring and health of their assets.
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Responsibility for improving water quality in rivers cannot be laid solely at the door of the water industry, the Environmental Audit Committee has said in its report following a year-long inquiry into the health of rivers in England. The committee said engagement is needed with farmers, landowners, housing developers and local authorities and called for a culture of “water citizenship” to make people better aware of the impacts of their behaviour.
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