Up to £11 million in water company fines and penalties will be reinvested back into a new Water Restoration Fund (WRF), Environment Secretary Steve Barclay announced this week. All water company environmental fines and penalties since April 2022 have been ringfenced to directly improve the water environment. The Water Restoration Fund will offer grant funding […]

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According to a survey of almost 1,300 staff conducted by the GMB union with the results reported in the Guardian, more than one in three UK water employees have been verbally abused at work. The results show that Workers complained that they had faced “very hostile” abuse from the public One employee said they had […]

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The water crisis threatens global supply chains as never before, according to new research from CDP, the global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system. The findings come from the most extensive ever analysis on how companies are responding to water security, based on record-high disclosure numbers. The report focuses on 3,163 large companies with […]

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Interesting think piece from The Mint Magazine, covering water industry performance since privatisation, levels of debt and investment, and options for reforming the sector under a new government. The case for renationalisation Another article from Labour Peer Prem Sikka and published in Left Foot Forward argues the case for renationalisation Let Thames Water go bust: […]

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The Environment Agency has published its Methane Action Plan for 2024 to 2026, setting out how it will reduce methane emissions in England. The Agency will use our powers as an environmental regulator and share knowledge and good practice to reduce methane emissions in the UK and internationally. This plan has 3 main objectives: improve […]

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Following last week’s publication of storm overflow spill data for 2023, covered in last week’s news, the sewage has really been hitting the fan The BBC highlighted that sewage spills into England’s rivers and seas by water companies more than doubled last year. According to the Environment Agency there were 3.6 million hours of spills […]

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