New waste regulations spark Scotland's AD boom
Scotland's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry is set to more than double over the next two years, fuelled by the mandatory separation of food waste for businesses.
Scottish Businesses save £100m on water bills
The benefits of a competitive water market have been made clear in Scotland, with more than £100m cut from the water bills of businesses and public sector organisations since competition was introduced in 2008.
Water Bill passing set to bring competition to England's £2bn water market
Businesses across the country will be able to choose their supplier of water and waste water services for the first time, with the long-awaited Water Bill granted Royal Assent last night (14 May).
Customers in Fife urged to conserve water after 'very dry summer'
Scottish Water is asking households and businesses to help conserve water supplies in Fife, particularly in the Lomond Hills area. The move is because of the unusually prolonged spell of dry weather and low rainfall, which has left reservoirs and other raw water sources currently lower than normal water levels.
Construction of Scotland's largest wastewater tunnel to begin in 2014
Scottish Water is to build a 3.1 mile-long wastewater tunnel in the south of Glasgow as part of the biggest upgrade of the city's wastewater network since Victorian times.
Scottish Water adds more wind power to renewables portfolio
Scottish Water has installed three small-scale wind turbines, with the capacity of 55MWh; generating approximately 80% of the power needed at its Stronsay water treatment works.
Scottish Water applies for wind turbine consent to boost renewables portfolio
Scottish Water has submitted a planning application to install a 500 kilowatt wind turbine to help power its water treatment works at Bradan in Ayrshire.
Scottish Water invests in wind power to keep energy bills down
Scottish Water has installed 10 small-scale wind turbines at its wastewater treatment works in Stornoway to help reduce energy costs.
Scottish Water fined over pollution incident in Renfrewshire
Scottish Water has been fined £20,000 after a sewage spill from the Lochwinnoch Sewage Treatment Works located adjacent to Castle Semple Loch in Renfrewshire.
Scottish Water cuts energy bill with new hydro turbine technology
Scottish Water has fitted its pipe network with a new turbine that harnesses enough renewable energy to power up to 150 homes.
Glasgow to receive £250m investment in wastewater infrastructure
The largest investment in Greater Glasgow's wastewater infrastructure in more than a century was announced by Scottish Water today.
New £2.8m works secure water for Scotland's remotest community
Work has been completed on an innovative £2.8m replacement water treatment plant which will serve Scotland's most northerly inhabited island in the Shetlands.
Scottish Water appoints new chief exec
Scottish Water has appointed Douglas Millican as its chief executive, the water utility company announced today.
Scottish Water to go renewable with 18 turbine wind farm
Scottish Water is planning to construct a 54MW wind farm on its land at the Backwater Reservoir in Angus, Scotland as it attempts to become self-sufficient in its energy use.
Water improvement will drive Scotland's 'economic prosperity'
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on how to maximise opportunities related to improving Scotland's rivers, lochs and coastal waters.
Public urged to have say in Scottish Water plans
Scottish Water today launched a consultation encouraging customers to voice ideas and opinions on the future of water services in Scotland up and till 2040.
Scottish Water completes £22m water improvement project
Scottish Water has completed a project in the Airdrie area that will improve water quality and alleviate flooding issues dating back to the 1960s.
Scottish Water announces sudden death of CEO
Scottish Water CEO, Richard Ackroyd, has died suddenly and unexpectedly, the company announced today.
Upgrade to water mains will improve supply for 65,000
Scottish Water is about to start a major project to upgrade more than 27 miles of water mains across Greenock and Skelmorlie, Scotland, to improve the areas water supply.
Scottish Water ramps up efficiency message
Scottish Water has launched three new water efficiency videos on its website which aim to raise awareness of household water efficiency.
Glasgow gets £3.5m water network upgrade
A £3.5m upgrade of Glasgow's water network has been commissioned by Scottish Water to reduce leakages, operating costs and improve overall efficiency.
Scotland sacrifices sustainability for hydro nation goal
Scotland is placing commercial gain over sustainability in its bid to become the world's first 'hydro nation'.
WWT and edie launch Sustainable Water 2012
Water & Wastewater Treatment (WWT) has announced a brand-new two-day conference for the water industry this September, supported by sister brands edieWater and WET News.
Scottish Water helps clean up the Clyde
A £34m investment in waste water treatment by Scottish Water has finally ended the discharge of untreated sewerage and unscreened water into the Firth of Clyde.
Water companies react to British Water survey
Northumbrian Water has come first in the latest Water Company Performance survey run by British Water and based on the views of supply chain stakeholders, the third year running it has claimed the top spot.
Video: Scottish Water completes 1.2km tunnel
One of Scotland's largest project in AMP5 has been completed in Airdrie. Scottish Water's William Ancell explains
Scottish Water fined for sewage spill
Scottish Water has been hit with a fine of £7,500 after a sewage spill from one of its wastewater pumping stations polluted a Fife burn.
Glasgow flood defences effort makes difference
A complex partnership is reaping the rewards of integrated surface water management in Glasgow. MWH programme manager, Jeremy Osborne explains
SWS contracts up for grabs before year-end
Joint venture company Scottish Water Solutions (SWS) expects to have nearly half of its work with Scottish Water out to tender by the end of this year. The development is a result of SWS being tasked to deliver £450M of capital investment as part of Scottish Water's £2.5B 2010 to 2015 programme.
It's about solid delivery and reliable response
RPS Group is experiencing rapid expansion around the world. So, in a bid to discover the secret behind the success, WET News paid a visit to the managing director of its subsidiary, RPS Water.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, July 2008
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the changes this month are publication of a new directive to protect Europe's marine environment, tax breaks on energy-saving items for residential landlords, and worries about forthcoming Scottish legislation on power generation.
A night to remember
The very best in the business got together at the Water Industry Achievement Awards last month. It was a night of laughter, which recognised the wealth of talent the country has to offer
Oh, what a night...
The Water Industry Achievement Awards took place last month. The night was a spectacular success, and a chance to recognise the outstanding efforts of companies across the UK in the past 12 months.
Pipes that have seen better days made as good as new
When pressure pipes are past their best the Thermopipe System - which can be installed quickly and under difficult conditions - can give a length of piping a new lease of life, with disruption and carbon footprint kept to a minimum.
They're not always wrapped up in parcels
Maureen Gaines explains that, although people associate DHL with parcels, there is more to it than that - like helping the water utilities with their supply chains.
Off the road and on the right track
A road project in Scotland needed the rerouting of a water main and power cables. Underground Moling Services director Jim Morrison explains how cooperation between stakeholders led to the desired result
Water under the bridge
Underground Moling Services has completed a complex operation involving the rerouting of a water main and power cables during the renovation of a 100-year-old bridge. Space was tight, and time even tighter.
Competition comes to Scotland
The starting date may be April 1 but it is no joke - water deregulation is coming to Scotland. Claire Smith reports
Scotland looks beyond 2010
Following the success of Scottish Water Solutions in its current investment programme, Scottish Water is seeking Scottish Water Solutions Mark 2 for the capital delivery process starting from 2010. Dean Stiles reports.
When one standard is better than two
Work in confined spaces claims 15 lives a year. But two different national standards have created some ambiguity in training and assessment - until now. Gordon Lyon reports.
Demanding role for diaphragm pumps
Energy Pumps has just been awarded single source framework supplier status for diaphragm pumps for Scottish Water. Sales manager Heath Waring looks at some of the issues facing the utilities in selecting the correct pumping solution
Greater versatility for sodium hypochlorite dosing
The outgassing issues associated with remote water treatment control stations have been largely overcome by developments in dosing pump technology, writes Andrew Armytage of ProMinent Fluid Controls
SUDS, floods, tunnels and solutions
No one can be in any doubt that the UK's storm water drainage system is insufficient to meet the current and future demands. What is less certain is the best way to expand capacity. Alex Stephenson, David Schofield and Dr Ian Pallett of British Water's SUDS Focus Group examine issues that are holding back progress.
End in sight for Glasgow's Katrine Water Project
Six years after planning permission was submitted, Scottish Water's huge Katrine Water Project is nearing completion. And it will supply Glasgow with a state-of-the-art water supply.
The future of outsourcing
Terry Povall discovers the decision to out- or in-source a capital project management is far from set in stone.
Water industry unites on a night to remember
The first ever Water Industry Achievement Awards took place at IWEX 2007 last month. The night was a spectacular success, and a chance to recognise the outstanding efforts of companies across the UK in the past 12 months.
Transformation: What does it really mean?
Transformation is a buzz word of late in the water sector. Terry Povall looks at what the transformation initiatives entail and what they mean for the future of the industry.
Tank cleaning - the undercover operation
Millions of homes and businesses never see the infrastructure, including subterranean water storage tanks, which supply them with safe and clean water. Water engineering company Panton Mcleod has been tasked recently with cleaning these massive storage tanks as part of the Katrine Water Project.
The replacement WTW at Milngavie will serve 700,000 Glaswegians. We look at the progress of Scottish Water's £120M job, known as the Katrine Project
Over the next four years, Scottish Water will be delivering a multi-billion pound scheme
Changes from within
As well as significant internal changes, Scottish Water is having to take account of a new abstraction charging regime and the creation of a new customer-representation body
Mixed fortunes for Scottish Water chiefs
It has been a year of mixed fortunes for those at the top of Scottish Water. While its chairman Alan Alexander departed after disagreements with ministers over its plans for delivering future investment, the publicly owned water company's chief executive, Dr Jon Hargreaves, was proclaimed Scotland's Public Sector Leader of the Year for 2005.
Meeting the shortfall
Following Alan Alexander's resignation as chairman of Scottish Water, after 'fundamental disagreements', rumours abound concerning its privatisation
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (April 06)
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see revisions to EU clean water rules with a new version of the Bathing Water Directive, while in the UK new ETS allocation rules provide for pre-2004 installations.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (March 06)
Recent changes to legislation whichth will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see EU legislation on public access to pollution information and on the marketing and use of dangerous substances, while in the UK orders on offshore installations and the renewables obligation come into force.
Free choice for Scottish firms
Scottish business customers will be free to choose their service provider by 1 April, 2008.
The rule changes result from a framework for the introduction and regulation of competition in the Scottish water industry under the Water Services (Scotland) Act 2005.
Free choice for Scottish firms
Scottish business customers will be free to choose their service provider by 1 April, 2008.
The rule changes result from a framework for the introduction and regulation of competition in the Scottish water industry under the Water Services (Scotland)
Will Broad of Atkins says SUDS are a better alternative to conventional surface-water management
Reporting made easy
Atkins' pollution-reporting software has been adopted by water-service companies across the UK
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (December 2005)
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see a raft of new directives from the EU, the latest developments on REACH, tighter controls on batteries and in the UK new safety laws for offshore installations and more on restricting toxic chemicals in paints.
Turning on the waterworks
ACWa Services reveals its plans for Scottish Water's new WTW at Glenconvinth
Power to the people
WWT talks to Ian Smith, convenor of Scotland's new water watchdog, Water Watch Scotland
Back to biology
Despite the trend towards mechanised sludge disposal, LAS International has made a success of doing it nature's way
Driving down flooding risks
Norman Flemming, Hyder Consulting's lead consultant for the Glasgow drainage project, reports on the stormwater masterplan for reducing floods in the area
A wise investment
Speculation SW is to be privatised is reducing and the utility is vastly expanding its investment programme throughout Scotland
Edie environmental legislation summary (April 2005)
In this month's Semple Fraser round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: new aviation emission levels; GM ruling; changes to EU Energy Act; Landfill Tax amendments and the Landfill Allowances and Trading Scheme; pesticide controls; water resources regulations and more.
Safe access to drainage
Michelle Fleming from Wavin Plastics explains how access to inspect and maintain drainage systems can be effective and safe
Protecting UK's water supplies
Michael J Scott from SWIG takes an in-depth look at how prepared Britain is for dealing with water contamination emergencies and at how water compliance in the UK is a top priority
Investing in a new works
ACWa Services scoops M&E contract for the new Fort William WTW
Boost to tap water quality
After two years of investing, Scotland's water has seen dramatic improvement
Completing the data jigsaw
With reference to work undertaken with Scottish Water, RPS Water Services discusses tools to transform existing corporate data into valuable integrated asset management information
Sifting through top screen firms
Mono Pumps' business manager for Waste-Tec Products, Ian Hallows, assesses the current state of the CSO programme and outlines his criteria for success in AMP4
Looking to the future
Norrie Hunter considers what may be in store for Scottish Water
The business of regulation
Norrie Hunter on SEPA's new boss and challenges to Alan Sutherland
Interview with the equaliser
SW's director of customer services talks to WWT about business rates
Preserving the environment means form and function will be closely linked at Milngavie
Connection key to overall plan
As well as reducing pumping costs, linking waters from Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine has made a significant contribution to ensuring planning permission for the Milngavie WTW
Location, location, location
Despite the need to improve the quality of Glasgow's water supply, getting approval for a new WTW has not been easy. Norrie Hunter reports on the Loch Katrine Project's progress
Glass as an active ingredient
Dr Howard Dryden of Dryden Aqua reports on active filtration media, manufactured from processed recycled glass, and the trials undertaken with drinking water and sewage
Industrial options assessed
NEL's Norman Glen on testing alternative water sources for industry
Strengthening water relations
British Water’s Municipal Liaison Group aims to encourage open dialogue between water companies and the supply chain. Biwater’s Tony Williams reports on his year as chairman
Who says looks do not matter?
Kevin Spence of Sheffield Hallam University explains the objectives and results of a research project concerned with ways of tackling aesthetic pollution from combined sewer overflows
Final tests for Scots’ potable water
Equipment from Ondeo Degrémont is currently undergoing its final testing at a potable water treatment works for Scottish Water. The works lie in the upper Clyde Valley near Glasgow in the west of Scotland.
deep sidewall saves on space
Space constraints at Dunfermline WwTW led Paterson Candy to use a North American final settlement tank design which increases upflow velocity, allowing a reduced tank diameter
There is plenty in the pipe
An assessment of the works in progress Scottish Water has taken on
Optimism over SW challenge
Chief executive of Scottish Water Jon Hargreaves gives WWT's Norrie Hunter an exclusive interview to discuss the company's planning and investment strategies for the next ten years
Site surveys in the Highlands
IETG explains the benefits of telemetry controlled flow monitoring
WWT on the impact of the proposed single Scottish water authority: Size is important for Scots
As WWT reported last month, it is likely Scotland's water authorities Ð West of Scotland Water (WoSW), East of Scotland Water (EoSW) and North of Scotland Water (NoSW) Ð will be merged to form Scottish Water (SW), a single publicly-accountable entity to handle the country's water and wastewater services.
Keeping tabs on the blue-green menace
Despite few reports of toxic blue-green algae this year, research into their ecology and control continues unabated reports Peter Minting.
EQUIPed contractor continues to grow
Established for over 90 years, MJ Gleeson has undertaken water and wastewater engineering work for over half a century, last year its turnover in the water industry totalled £62 million. To keep up with changes it has adapted its organization and capabilities to stay at the forefront. In addition, its EQUIP agreement with Thames Water could set the benchmark for partnering projects of the future.
Contracting post privatisation
The British water industry is used to changes. But none can have been more traumatic than privatisation. Brian Dumbleton reports on the consequences and talks to some of the companies in the water business.
New Scottish water charges shield small business
Small businesses in Scotland will see their yearly bills rising below the rate of inflation at just two per cent in 2004-05, with an estimated fifth of businesses using the least amount of water benefiting from a new low user tariff.
Scottish Water to shed 900 jobs
A Scottish Water spokesperson has confirmed to edie that the company is to shed 900 jobs, although it’s not yet been decided where they will go from.