Following the government’s decision to call a general election for 4 July, Ofwat has delayed its draft determinations, due to be published on 12 June, until 11 July. Read Ofwat’s Information Notice Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that Ofwat is poised to refuse most water companies’ requests to ratchet up consumer bills, with some getting as […]

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Ofwat has announced the latest winners of Breakthrough Challenge innovation funding. The 17 winning projects will share £40mn, are led by water companies and seek to address strategic challenges including on climate change, leakage and operations. The winners include: Developing a market-based approach to deliver SuDS through street works Local Regeneration of Granular Activated Carbon […]

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Ofwat has published a second consultation until on its plan for a new £100mn Water Efficiency Fund, to be launched in 2025. £75m is earmarked for a major campaign across England and Wales to promote awareness of the need to save water and water efficient behaviours. Annual competitions will be run for a share of the remaining […]

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Read CIWEM’s balanced and considered view on Ofwat’s new Growth Duty – will it support sustainable growth? This proposes an over-arching ‘sustainability duty’ to address the imbalance between Ofwat’s economic regulatory focus and the need for more robust environmental enforcement. Covered in The Guardian The Conservatives have pushed through a duty on the water regulator […]

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Customer research published by Ofwat and consumer watchdog CCW reveals that the vast majority of people do not trust water companies to do what’s right for the environment. Less than a quarter (23%) of respondents said they trust their water provider to do what is right for the environment down from 31% in 2021. Additionally, […]

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Ofwat is consulting on a £400m Innovation Fund for AMP8. The plan is to keep the annual Water Breakthrough Challenge ‘Catalyst’ and ‘Transform’ competitions for water companies, but to boost the value to £250m. The remaining £150m would be split between two rounds of the Water Discovery Challenge for external innovators; a new stream for strategic […]

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Ofwat recently published two reports highlighting the role that water companies can play in helping to deliver water efficiency savings. The first looks at water efficiency incentives for developers. Ofwat is proposing requiring all water companies in England and Wales to offer a financial water efficiency incentive to developers in PR24 that go beyond the […]

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The Ofwat Innovation Fund has announced the ten innovations which have worked their way to the top in the Water Discovery Challenge. Having launched in January 2023, this challenge seeks new, impactful ideas for the water sector. The winners have been awarded a share of £4.5 million to demonstrate how bold solutions can help solve […]

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