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Defra awards £100K for flood management

A dozen Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) in England have been awarded Defra funding to carry out projects which manage flood risk and protect local wildlife.

Environment Agency officers rescue woman from flood waters

A woman has been saved from flood waters in Somerset by two Environment Agency (EA) officers after fierce storms battered Britain yesterday (January 3).

Selby Dam refurbishment project continues

The Environment Agency (EA) has announced plans to continue ongoing refurbishment work at a pumping station in Selby in a £350,000 project to replace the facility's pumps.

Defra responds to consultation on transfer

Regulations that will transfer private drains and sewers to water and sewerage companies have been laid before Parliament. But the water industry awaits important details in guidance. Marie-Claire Kidd reports.

A trenchless triumph in Lancashire

When a new drainage pipe needed to be installed as part of a flood alleviation scheme in Blackburn, a trenchless installation technique proved ideal for the challenge.

Thousands to take part in Britain's biggest ever civil emergency exercise

Around 10,000 people will take part in Britain's biggest ever civil emergency exercise to test the country's response to catastrophic floods, according to Defra.

Sustainable future that’s becoming reality

The water industry has to embrace green solutions to improve energy efficiency and cut emissions. Barry Oliver explains the best approaches

Counting the cost of cutting

The Coalition’s spending plans have now been revealed. But what, asks Dean Stiles, will the cuts mean for the water industry?

A chance to celebrate - and reward the best

Nominations have opened for the Water Industry Achievement Awards 2011. Now is the time to consider the services, products and technologies that deserve industry-wide recognition for going beyond the call of duty to deliver value.

Sewer much easier CCTV

Inspecting sewers, drains and water mains will be easier with the aid of the vCam View / Digital system, a new CCTV inspection camera package from SebaKMT UK. The system provides video images from inside sewers, drains, pipes, ducts, metallic or non-metallic pipes, conduits and even chimneys and is designed to be easy and simple to use.

Pump renovation project’s a Hull of an achievement

When AxFlow maintenance engineers were called in to restore the huge and historic drainage pumps at the East Hull pumping station, they were given a tight timeframe. But the challenging project was completed on target.

ACWA captures the fugitive odours

A recently installed chemical scrubbing system, designed and built by ACWA Air, has proved to be extremely effective in providing odour control for the effluent treatment plant installed at the Selby food processing factory of the Greencore Group. ACWA’s Odour Control System is designed to ensure the capture of all fugitive odours discharged from the effluent treatment process.

Sustainable journey begins

The Floods and Water Management Act (FWMA) places emphasis on flood risk management, rather than defence to help protect urban areas from extreme rainfall events. Dr Jason Shingleton explains what it will mean in practice.

Actiflo triumphs in the Scottish Highlands

In the decade since Veolia introduced its Actiflo process, it has proved invaluable for a range of applications worldwide. And when Scottish Water needed to uprate a rural treatment works, it proved a winner once again.

Urban drainage: a step change on the streets

How should we manage surface water and what does this mean for our traditional urban drainage systems? Christopher Digman, senior principal engineer at MWH, explores the options

Thieves steal flood defences

Thieves scavenging metal to sell for scrap have targeted vital flood defences in Doncaster twice in a month.

England amongst the worst for nitrate pollution

Nitrate pollution is down across the European Union showing new legislation is 'proving effective', according to the European Commission.

Human beavers are doing more harm than good says the EA

Do-gooding dam builders pose flood risk, experts warn

Do-gooding amateur dam builders apparently worried about the effect of low water levels on wildlife risk flooding Lincolnshire homes, the Environment Agency has warned.

Scottish coast could generate 1000s of renewables jobs

Thousands of jobs could generate billions of pounds out of marine renewables for Scotland's economy by 2020.

New wave of flood funding for English towns

Almost 80 communities will see a share of £9.7m set aside by Government to reduce the impact of surface water flooding.

The conditions in Norway will test cyclists

Adventurous people wanted for Water Industry Cup

WaterAid is calling on teams to compete for the Water Industry Cup at this year's Cisco Euro Challenge to raise funds for charity.

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