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
WRI: Extreme water stress in Middle East could stoke civil unrest
Countries from the Middle East will likely be be exposed to 'extreme water stress' by 2040, threatening national security, the World Resources Institute has found.
'Shade balls' to save drought-stricken Los Angeles 300 million gallons of water
Los Angeles is using millions of 'shade balls' to prevent water loss during California's worst drought in recorded history.
Fracking could hurt house prices, health and environment, official report says
Fracking operations to extract shale gas in Britain could cause nearby house prices to fall by up to 7% and create a risk of environmental damage, according to a government report that has been published in full for the first time.
UK flooding: 'We must learn to live with water'
The ever-increasing threat of flooding cannot be fully defended, so the UK must adopt a new approach where we learn to 'live with water', argues a new white paper from built environment science centre BRE.
Reduce London's flood risk by 'reviving rivers' says Environment Committee
The London Assembly Environment Committee has today called for more impetus on sustainable drainage and river restoration to reduce flood risk.
Businesses encouraged to embrace sustainable water management
Businesses are being urged to consider a fresh approach to managing their water usage and disposal, through a new sustainable management concept, which aims to underpin business resilience and generate cost savings.
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.
Global standard to build water efficiency into future business plans
The world's first international award for water reduction aimed at galvanising business action on measuring, managing and reducing water use, has been launched by the Carbon Trust.
Britain's top tourist destinations at high risk of flooding
Ten of the UK's major tourist destinations have been identified as high risk from surface water flooding, according to new research.
Water management crucial in fight against rising tide of ecosystem damage
Water must be managed within sustainable limits in order to stop the damage to ecosystems, says the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Water bodies must improve to hit 2015 ecological target
Water pollution affecting the ecology of many of Europe's lakes, rivers, and coastal waters is likely to prevent the water bodies reaching 'good' status by 2015, a target set by the EU's Water Framework Directive (WFD), according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).
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.
Sustainable drainage systems resource website launched
A website that provides a variety of resources for those involved in delivering sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) was launched this week.
Water reduction project takes off
London Stansted Airport has carried out a programme of leak detection and pipe repair that has reduced water consumption on the site by nearly a third and water use in 2011 fell by 205m litres compared with the year before. Sustainable Business finds out more.
Holding back the flood: tackling the SWMP monster
Four years ago, the Pitt Review made 92 recommendations to reduce flood risk. Richard Allitt of consultancy RAA says funding is just one limit to progress.
Government uncertainty delays sustainable drainage regulation
Regulation making Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) compulsory for new developments has been delayed by government uncertainty over proposed national standards.
Contractor case study: Pilot auger boring success
When specialist contractor Conwell Contracts was brought in to assist on a drainage scheme in Carlow, Ireland, it proved a memorable challenge.
Deadline set for Irish septic tank registration
Domestic septic tanks and wastewater treatment systems in Ireland must be registered by February 1 next year under new performance standards announced by the Irish Government.
Flash flood warnings issued for south east
The Environment Agency (EA) has issued a number of flash flood warnings for the south east as torrential rainfall continues to cause surface water flooding.
UPDATED: Water restrictions expected next month
In light of today's (March 12) announcement that water restrictions are set to come into force next month, edie asks water intensive industry how it will be affected.
Chemical company pledges to cut drinking water use
Global chemical company BASF has unveiled ambitious targets to cut the amount of drinking water used across all its sites in areas of water stress by 50% by 2020, against a 2010 baseline.
Liverpool launches flood risk reduction trial
Liverpool City Council (LCC) has launched a new trial in a bid to tackle flood risk as part of its joint venture partnership with infrastructure and business services group Mouchel.
University of Cambridge develops UK's largest water recycling system
The University of Cambridge has signed an agreement with Cambridge Water to support the UK's largest water recycling system at the University's North West Cambridge Development site.
University halls of residence implements stormwater storage
The University of Exeter has implemented stormwater storage in a new hall of residence as part of its ongoing £275m Streatham Campus development project.
Marley Drainage and Plumbing provides drainage for sports park
Drainage and plumbing company Marley has provided a 250 acre sporting venue in Essex with a stormwater drainage system to help reduce the risk of flooding.
Raising the standard
Failing to maintain the integrity of standards could prove costly to the water industry, argues Frank Jones, director of the BPF Pipes Group
Yorkshire Water set to begin sewer upgrade project
Yorkshire Water (YW) is set to start work on a major project with contract partners Mott MacDonald Bentley in a bid to upgrade sewer systems and reduce flood risk in Shipley, West Yorkshire.
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).
Veolia wins East Kent deal
Dover District Council, working in partnership with Shepway District Council and Kent County Council, has agreed a £70M, ten-year contract with Veolia Environmental Services.
Joint SUDS effort
SUDStainability HAS been set up by three independent companies to offer a cost-effective, environmentally-aware and all-inclusive drainage service from design through to construction and long-term asset management.
Some Frank admissions
Frank Rogalla, now of Aqualia, used to frequently fly on planes - meaning he really stuck his carbon boot into the planet. But, he pleads, he has done some great sustainability work to make up for it
A drop more sustainability
Merlin Hyman, director of the Environmental Industries Commission, takes a looks at strategies affecting the future of our water, and reckons Ofwat should be setting itself wider sustainable development responsibilities
Greener guidance for Ofwat
Defra has launched a consultation on the draft statutory Social and Environmental Guidance to Ofwat as part of the Water Strategy. Merlin Hyman discusses the EIC's reaction to it.
A drop of the good stuff
Alison Campbell of Living Water Ecosystems argues that rainwater is a precious resource that we should be taking much better care of. Problem is, that when it comes to drinking rain there is no protocol to guide us how it can be done safely.
Making SUDS standard practice
The problem with the uptake of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) is not one of technology, writes Bob Sargent, vice chair of the EIC's Water Pollution Control Working Group
Integrated action is the solution
Repeated flooding in North Brent prompted Defra to step in and include the London suburb in a pilot study on integrated urban drainage. MWH's principal engineer, Chris Digman, and senior engineer Tony Bamford reveal what they learnt from the findings about the scourge of urban flooding
Fighting the failure of sustainable drainage
Despite the essential role of sustainable urban drainage systems, they are not being taken up as they should. So the EIC has presented recommendations to government to encourage their adoption. Bob Sargent reports.
Ready, steady BUILD
The UK housing sector faces unprecedented change, and the most ambitious sustainability targets in the world. Mike Scott reports on the challenges ahead
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
Investing to protect the water network
Investment in the security of the water network has moved beyond the legislated upgrades required of our service reservoirs. Michael Miles of Technocover looks at new areas of focus for enhancing the protection of water infrastructure
Environmental insurance enforced by English Courts
Increasing enforcement of the polluter pays principle has done much to focus the minds of industrial operators, their insurers and re-insurers alike.
Separators stem tide of unseen pollution
More oil finds its way into oceans from spills into drains than tanker leaks. Specifying the correct separator for a site's risk level can prevent spills ending up in the watercourse - and ensure compliance with new legislation, writes Andy Thompson.
Combined waters need special treatment
Mixing groundwater and surface water affects the disinfection process and needs careful monitoring, says Michael Strahand, general manager of ATI Europe
Transferring private sewers: The long and the short
The quantity of private sewerage being transferred to sewerage companies is largely unknown. Claire Brown, a consultant scientist at WRc, reports on a new model to gauge the scale of works
'We need innovation'
The Environment Industries Commission is actively involved in implementing the Water Framework Directive, and is pushing to put it quickly into effect. But, it says, the government should be incentivising new technologies.
A new mood for spending
The summer's devastating flooding exposed the UK's ineffectual drainage and sewerage networks. Dean Stiles reports on how the public is ready to pay for improvements if positive leadership is shown.
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.
Mobile reed bed benefits Heathrow
A new mobile reed bed system - the first of its kind in the UK - is playing a key role in treating effluent water. Mark Clayton, managing director of environmental practice Aardvark, which designed the system, reports on its development and various installations, including one at Heathrow Airport
Residents reassured during factory remediation
During remediation of a site used to make viscose rayon, Akzo Nobel did a complex risk assessment, which included 228 houses and a nearby lough. Richard Thurgood reports
Waking up to modular cells
It is important that the benefits and flexibilities of modular cell systems are taken on board by designers, writes Dr Jason Shingleton, of Polypipe Civils. And modular systems combined with silt traps meet varying site constraints, as well as health and safety and installation benefits.
Communication is everything
Folkestone and Dover Water Services has completed a pilot project for its planned compulsory water-metering programme - the first such scheme in the UK. Dean Stiles reports.
Discharges - whose risk is it anyway?
The EIC's Water Pollution Control Working Group is lobbying the Environment Agency to consider not only the method of regulating discharges but also the nature of what is being regulated. The group's Duncan Russell and Richard Barnard outline the reasons why.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary May 07
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 the EU authorising the use of six chemicals found in pesticides, new rules on greenhouse gas emission trading in the UK, while Northern Ireland sees a host of new water and sewerage service regulations come into force.
Flood defence: Get the right product
Climate change is placing a strain on traditional drainage. But the building industry is still wrestling with the implications of having to design and construct flood alleviation systems. Michelle Fleming looks at the issues at stake.
Saving the earth
One way of cleaning up contaminated land is to stabilise and solidify pollutants. Simon Tillotson reports on his company's solution
A beacon project
A pipeline is being built, which will carry 20% of the UK's natural gas supply, to help cope with growing demand for gas. Remote locations have posed problems, writes Paul Stearnes
Defending the island
A drainage project on Canvey Island in Essex formed part of the Environment Agency's rolling programme of improving flood protection to housing. The scheme was completed in November last year and is estimated to cost £5.24M.
A drainage project on Canvey Island in Essex was part of the Environment Agency's flood protection programme. The scheme is valued at £5.24M. Eric Briggadyke of Atkins Consulting reports
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (December 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 changes to international rules on the storage of carbon under the seabed, a new EU directive on radioactive waste shipping come into force, while Scotland sees new regulations on home energy efficiency that will provide grants for insulation and energy efficiency works.
Wallonia leads Europe in water management
Drinking water and wastewater provision in the Belgian region of Wallonia is managed with model efficiency by the public sector. Jean-Marie Wauthier, head of environmental desk in Walloon, explains how social responsibility has been combined with effective private partnerships to deliver integrated management of the water cycle.
The rise and rise of UV disinfection
Ultraviolet disinfection is no longer an emerging technology. This is supported by the fact that it is used to treat more than three billion litres of water every day around the world. Craig Howarth reports.
Unblocked pipes keep the presses rolling
Printing firm St Ives has used Yorkshire Water to maintain its assets after sewage and surface water caused flooding.
Suds: Breaking down barriers
New planning guidance will mean better landscaping as developers will have to consider sustainable drainage systems. Richard Whale, chair of EIC's Water Pollution Control Working Group, reports
Drains and water usage - the hot topic of conversation
Not so long ago, politics and religion were the main topics of conversation around the dinner table. Today, it is drains and water usage. And to help developers and builders make the right decisions, British Water has produced
a guidance document. We take a look.
Australian reservoir managers take up ARMS
A decision-support system developed at the Centre for Water Research (CWR) at the University of Western Australia provides an automated tool for managers of surface waters to monitor and forecast the quality and condition of resources. The researchers, José R Romero, Jörg Imberger, Jason P Antenucci, Chris Dallimore, Matt Hipsey, Sheree Feaver and Farhad Fozdar, explain the technology.
Sino-Dutch team develops Yellow River plan
Conflicting demands on water resources for urban and agricultural uses, combined with a variable rainfall pattern, is seriously impacting on livelihoods and the environment in the central part of the Yellow River basin in north-east China. Robert Smit and Koen Roest of Wageningen University & Research Centre (WUR), in The Netherlands, report on a Dutch-Chinese partnership project that is investigating options for groundwater and surface water management in the region.
No-dig solution for Colombo's colonial sewers
As roads collapsed in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, it became clear that deteriorating sewerage pipes, dating from the colonial period, were the cause. Martin Rye Andersen, project manager for Danish contractor Per Aarsleff, describes how two trenchless techniques were employed to rehabilitate the network.
How to make a little go a long way
The current drought is the second serious one to have hit the UK in ten years. Back in the mid-1990s, road tankers were used to transport water to the worst-hit area - West Yorkshire. But what contingency plans do the water utilities now have in place to ensure the supply of water? Sally Nash investigates
Australia adopts sensitive stormwater reuse
Suburban expansion in Melbourne is putting added pressure on water supplies and watercourses. Phil Charlton, technical director of UK consultancy Hyder in Australia, reports on an environmentally sensitive stormwater reuse project, born of a joint effort between the public and private sectors, that has even managed to preserve the habitat of a rare species of butterfly.
What lies beneath
Martin Preene discusses the carbon-reducing benefits of heat-pump technology. Unlike geothermal methods, it can extract even moderate heat from the earth - while cooling it
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (May 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 updates to EU's position on waste from mining, oil drilling and other extractive industries, improved public access to environmental information and new rules on the disposal of batteries.
Winter weather threatens London's leakage targets
The prospect of a colder than average winter has fuelled Thames Water's research into understanding the effects of cold water on its water distribution network in south-east England. Andrew Boyd of RWE Thames Water reports on the range of strategies under consideration.
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.
Conder separators meet requirements
UK-based company provides range of oil-water separators conforming to strict European standards
SUDS - where there's a will...
The use of sustainable urban drainage has been limited to flood risk management. However, the EIC's Water Pollution Control Working Group believes further benefits can be provided and is publishing a paper - the SUDS Position Paper - outlining what those are. Richard Whale explains.
Dutch dive into Eastern European monitoring
Consulting and engineering company, Arcadis Euroconsult of The Netherlands has led three major projects monitoring waterways in Hungary, Poland and Romania this year.
Monitoring for certainty
The water industry faces uncertainty in a changing legislative climate. Only the right monitoring systems can ensure that its operations comply with any future requirements.
Will Broad of Atkins says SUDS are a better alternative to conventional surface-water management
Water for homes
There is a flaw in national policy. Water resources should not be dismissed as merely an environmental issue, writes Barrie Clarke of Water UK.
Reporting made easy
Atkins' pollution-reporting software has been adopted by water-service companies across the UK
The new desalination plant in Singapore is a first in many ways. Frank Rogalla and Black & Veatch colleagues William Young and Don Ratnayaka discuss the plant
The saline solution
Anthony Bennett, Technical Director at Clarity, reports on developments in UK desalination, the driving forces behind it, and its growing future
Rob Sage, water resources manager at the Veolia Water Partnership, assesses the impacts on public supply of declining groundwater quality
John Fawell looks at some of the safety issues facing the world of water supply - and some of the possible solutions
Making a clean break
Frank Rogalla assesses the results of a study into the potential effects that changing disinfectant could have on water quality in the distribution system
Barry's beaches better by design
David J Brook describes the part MWH played in bringing better sewerage services to a section of the Welsh coast
UV solution for giardiasis outbreak in Norway
When the city of Bergen's water supply was identified as the source of giardia infection in the population, the proposed solution was to install a UV system. As Ben Kalisvaart, microbiology specialist and European sales manager for Dutch contractor Berson, reports, the urgency of the project meant that it was realised within two months of being put into action.
Governments and their regulators have the responsibility for management and control of water consumption throughout the hydrological cycle. The priority for municipalities is to maximise water management efficiency by reducing wastage, demand, leakage and evaporation losses.
Case C- 282/02 Commission v Ireland
Judgement was given by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the case of Commission v Ireland on 2 June 2005.
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
Advances in membrane systems
Jack Noble, managing director of Zenon Environmental, discusses the developments in the application of membrane technology for iron and manganese removal from potable water
Ozone success at Tampa Bay
Innovative gas dispersion systems installed at the Tampa Bay Surface Water Treatment Plant in Florida, USA are proving to be efficient and economical. Gary Richards sales director at UK-based Statiflo explains the benefits.
Efficient water use can cut company costs
Businesses planning for the future may consider expenditure on energy, security risks, economic conditions and the latest marketing trends, but few think about water. Nicholas L Cain, communications director at the Pacific Institute in the USA, explains how the water factor can be a vital in global business strategy.
Hungarian water survey is EU first
The Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Water has awarded a contract to conduct an ecological survey of all surface waters in the country to an international consortium.
IN BRIEF - November 2004
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.
Silt pollution of waterways from construction sites; a problem the industry must learn to address
ADAS' Kirk Hill examines the issue of silt pollution from construction and discusses some of the things that industry can do on-site to tackle the problem.
An end to point source pollution?
Dr Paul Fogg of ADAS, the UK's largest provider of rural and environmental solutions and policy advice, and one of the UK's pioneers of biobed development explains why their use could soon be widespread.
Black & Veatch's Frank Rogalla looks at the quality of desalination processes