Last week’s Ofwat announcement on draft determinations for 2025-2030 business plans was covered in Water News. The headlines are that the £96bn proposed programme has been reduced by nearly 10% to £88bn, and allowable bill increases have been reduced by 33%. In slightly more detail, there is £10bn to reduce storm overflows, £1.4bn of which […]

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All 11 water and wastewater companies in England and Wales are now under scrutiny over sewage spills, after the regulator said it was expanding its investigation. This week, Ofwat opened enforcement cases into four more firms – Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Hafren Dyfrdwy, Severn Trent and United Utilities – as part of its probe into […]

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has written to water companies urging them to ‘be open’ about sewage spills and calling on companies to be as transparent as possible with customers about waste discharges into rivers. The ICO is a non-departmental public body which reports directly to Parliament and is sponsored by the Department for Science, […]

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The latest annual report from the Drinking Water Inspectorate shows that 99.97% of water samples in England complied with regulatory drinking standards in 2023. Chief inspector Marcus Rink said: “Drinking water in England is amongst the most tightly regulated and best quality in the world. Water companies consistently meet the stringent regulatory standards.” But he […]

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This new research article in naturewater suggests that current approaches to flood risk assessment must consider constraints and adaptation gaps systematically, especially where they may lead to flood adaptation limits. Without assessing these dynamic relationships, flood managers may overestimate the efficacy of flood adaptation measures and underestimate the unequal distribution of flood risks. Abstract Flood […]

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This silver medal winner at the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is a raingarden with a series of limestone stepping stones across a central wet channel and gently sloping berms, filled with adaptable plants that can withstand temporary waterlogging. It is both functional and beautiful, seeking to inspire homeowners to future-proof their gardens, by capturing […]

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