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©Oregon State University, Scientists believe that 8 million of these microbeads are emitted into aquatic habitats each day

Scientists call for outright ban on microbeads to avert 'plastic crisis'

Wildlife and resources used for human consumption need to be protected by implementing an outright ban on the use of microbeads, according to new analysis from a group of conservation scientists.

Microbeads are used as exfoliants in a range of beauty and cosmetic products, including facial scrubs and toothpastes

Innovate UK funds 'breakthrough' microbead replacement

A Canadian biotech company claims to have developed a commercial-scale biodegradable replacement for the harmful synthetic microbeads found in many beauty products.

A water control gate on an agricultural irrigation ditch in California, which will require $74.8bn of water infrastructure investment

White House puts $674.7bn price tag on improving US water infrastructure

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Centre to enable communities and businesses across the country to finance the $674.7bn of improvements needed to improve water infrastructure.

Volkswagen has a goal to reduce freshwater consumption across its brand portfolio by 25% by 2018

Volkswagen closes in on wastewater-free automotive production

Volkswagen Group is looking to make its production factories "wastewater-free" and has revealed that it is close to achieving this at a number of sites.

Diageo's environmental plan aims to reduce carbon emissions, water and waste

Diageo highlights water achievements as it moves towards integrated reporting

Premium drinks firm Diageo has made its first step towards integrated reporting by disclosing sustainability and responsibility performance alongside financial reporting.

The new plant is now fully operational and will enable Wyke Farms to recover up to 95% of its factory wastewater

Wyke Farms goes 100% Green with £1m water recovery plant

The UK's largest independent cheese producer and milk processor has today (2 July) officially opened a new water recovery plant which effectively closes the loop on its wastewater.

Water is essential for energy production, but regional water concerns are creating significant financial risks

Water risk factor now 'closing in' on global coal industry

Businesses need to urgently address unmanaged water risks as new research highlights that more than half of the world's largest coal-producing and consuming countries are now facing high levels of water stress.

Beauty brands commiting to microbead phase out as environmental threat grows

Growing evidence around the environmental impact plastic microbeads in beauty products are having on oceans is seeing some of the industry's major brands committing to phasing them out.

Microbeads pollution - a drop in the ocean for the beauty industry

The threat plastic pollution poses to marine wildlife is now a recognised issue amongst consumers, businesses and governments, but is the damage from microplastics, found in many beauty products, a problem literally being washed down the drain? Leigh Stringer investigates

Wastewater phosphorus recycling takes step forward

A pilot project to extract phosphorus from wastewater is underway in Denmark, which could open up commercial opportunities to recycle this increasingly scarce mineral.

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Safeguarding water supplies - a frack too far?

Water is the latest natural resource under threat from fracking and unless the risks are properly assessed, certain areas could face real shortfalls in supply. Maxine Perella reports

Demand rising for intelligent water solutions within power generation

The power generation industry is demanding smarter solutions around water supply and wastewater strategies, according to new research.

The research was carried out using mussel shells, but other types of seashell could feasibly be used to produce photocatalysts

Seashells from food waste used to produce drinking water

Wastewater could be treated using seashells left over from restaurants, hotels, commercial farming and other foodservice outlets, according to research by scientists at Bath University. This could provide "significant" savings if the system can be scaled up to industrial level.

EXCLUSIVE: Governments must 'localise water systems' to secure supply

Local governments and water utilities should reuse and recycle water to the greatest extent possible before transporting it from one area to another, says Autodesk.

Cola-Cola's water-neutral aims hinge on building 'smarter' supply chain

Cola-Cola's executive vice president Alex Cummings has said that water is the "single most important environmental issue" for the company as it looks to make its global operations water-neutral by 2020.

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.

Southern Water to cut carbon footprint by 'harnessing poo power'

Southern Water has installed a heat exchanger in a bid to speed up the process of bacterial digestion at its Budds Farm Wastewater Treatment Works in Havant.

Wind turbines at Stornoway wastewater 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.

John Gilliland, Resourceful Organics Ltd (left) and Bill Gowdy, NI Water's director of engineering procurement sign the agreement to trial the new willows technology

NI Water use willow trees for 'environmentally acceptable' filtration

NI Water is to trial the use of willows as a natural vegetative filter to clean wastewater from its site in Dungannon.

Pulp and paper industry switching to closed-loop water systems

The pulp and paper industry's focus on water recycling, biogas generation and sludge management is sustaining strong investments in the water and wastewater treatment market.

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.

Mourne Heritage Trust's Jo Whatmough  and NI Water project manager Kieran Grant with one of the new bird boxes which will be installed in the rock armour around Newcastle WwTW

NI Water boosts sustainability credentials with green roof

NI Water has introduced a planting programme to 'green up' the roof of its new £8m extension to its wastewater treatment works at Newcastle harbour.

Southern water to increase investment in 'green' power

Southern Water has pledged to utilise low-carbon technologies and sustainable best practices to improve water supplies.

Winners in 14 categories were announced at last night's glittering Water Industry Achievement Awards

Water Industry Achievement Awards winners announced!

Four hundred guests descended on the Hilton Birmingham Metropole last night (March 21st ) for the 2013 Water Industry Achievement Awards, organised by WET News and Water & Wastewater Treatment.

Water stress set to drive lucrative growth for membrane market

Water scarcity is fuelling demand for advanced water and wastewater treatment technologies and solutions on a global scale, latest research suggests.

2012 was the third year in which Carlsberg Polska cooperated with major retailers in Poland to set up a waste collection scheme

Carlsberg demonstrates CSR credentials with reduced energy consumption

Global brewer Carlsberg has reduced its energy consumption and agreed a new strategy for sustainable packaging, according to its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report released today.

The new technology harnesses the power of bacteria

New technology generates clean energy from dirty water

A new technology that harnesses the power of bacteria could transform wastewater from an "expensive problem" to a sustainable source of hydrogen and valuable chemicals, according to a new report.

Water Industry Achievement Awards 2013 finalists announced

WET News and Water & Wastewater Treatment(WWT) have announced the finalists for the Water Industry Achievement Awards 2013.

UK 'innovative enough' to reach 20% water reduction by 2050

The efficiency work being carried out by water utility companies is likely to help the UK achieve water savings of up to 10% by 2020 and at least 20% by 2050, says Paul Jeffrey from Cranfield University.

European Investment Bank provides €200m for Irish water infrastructure

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide €200m (£168m) to support 23 water investment projects in Ireland, it was announced today.

Abu Dhabi - a city with growing demand for better water infrastructure

GE contracted for world's largest wastewater treatment plant

General Electric's (GE) Power Conversion business has won a contract worth more than $10m (£6.2m) to help with the construction of the world's largest wastewater treatment plant in Abu Dhabi.

(L-R): Peter Ferguson, NI Water Project Manager for the Wastewater Pumping Stations Upgrade Project; Adrian Shaw, Managing Director of Shaw Automation and Duncan McAllister, Project Manager with Graham

NI Water invests in £2m upgrade programme

NI Water has earmarked £2m for a project to upgrade a number of wastewater pumping stations and deliver environmental improvements across Northern Ireland.

Southern Water on track for renewables target with new CHP plant

By harnessing human waste to generate electricity, Southern Water hopes to reduce carbon emissions from its Sandown Wastewater Treatment Works by around 1,400 tonnes a year.

€40m up for grabs to solve European water challenges

Research funding worth €40m (£32.5m) will be made available in 2013 to support the development and uptake of innovative solutions to water challenges in Europe.

Water treatment by aerator

£3bn water aeration market set to double by 2020

The increased demand for secondary wastewater treatment in the developing world could double the revenue of the global aeration systems market, according analysts.

Thames Water invests in sustainable reed bed system

Thames Water has invested in the installation of a reed bed system to help manage wastewater at its treatment facility in Uffington, Oxfordshire.

Water conservation floods into food and drink sector

Water footprinting will become a greater priority for the food and drink industry as it looks to develop services that limit production costs while tapping into the economic benefits of water conservation and reuse.

(L-R) Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy, Bill Gowdy Acting Director of Engineering Procurement NI Water, Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh Cllr Sylvia McRoberts, and Trevor Haslett Chief Executive of NI Water view the upgraded Wastewater Treatment Wor

Minister commends Northern Irish water scheme

Two water and sewage improvement schemes in the Keady area of County Armagh, amounting to £7.7m, have been commended by the Government.

Siemens to sell €1bn water treatment business

Siemens will put its water treatment business up for sale to focus on its automation technology in the water sector, the company announced today.

Brewing a more efficient future

Having grown from African origins, SABMiller has always understood that its success relies on the success of local society, says global vice-president of sustainable development Andy Wales.

Coca-Cola partnership to provide clean water technology for developing world

The Coca-Cola Company is to help bring water purification systems to communities around the developing world who are in need of portable access to clean drinking water.

Water waste is falling at the Scottish Leather Group thanks to its new ultrafiltration plant

Scottish Leather Group reduces water waste with ultrafiltration plant

The Scottish Leather Group has reduced its water waste following the installation of a ultrafiltration plant at the company's Bridge of Weir site in Scotland.

Sustainable Business and edie announce Corporate Water Risk 2012

Registration is now open for Corporate Water Risk 2012, an event organised by Sustainable Business and edie for organisations from all sectors to gain practical and up-to-date guidance of the risks, responses and opportunities of water management in business.

An estimated 40,000 job losses could be avoided in each five-year cycle if investment was decoupled from the AMP model

Government urges water sector to smooth out investment cycles

Water companies could save more than £1bn if the problem of cyclical investment in the sector was properly addressed according to the latest government findings.

€2.4m wastewater treatment build starts in Ireland

Work on a €2.4m wastewater treatment plant at Kilmallock in County Limerick will begin later this month, replacing a 1940s plant which has been outgrown by the size of the local population.

The new waste water treatment works at Bullwood just outside Dunoon, has ended the discharging of untreated, unscreened waste water into the Clyde and Holy Loch in the area

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.

The sale of Veolia Water Central, East and Southeast raises £1.2bn for the company

Veolia sells regulated water business

French water business Veolia Environnement has sold a majority stake in its UK regulated water businesses for £1.2bn to help reduce debt.

The registration date for septic tanks and wastewater treatment systems in Ireland has been set for February 1 next year

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.

The technology used in the new Dutch plant means it is cheaper and uses less energy and chemicals than conventional treatment methods

VIDEO: World first for Dutch sewage plant

The world's first full-scale municipal sewage treatment plant using the cutting-edge Nereda technology opened in the Dutch town of Epe in May. The technology was invented at Delft University of Technology and further developed by a public-private partnership.

Multi-euro EBRD loan for Turkish wastewater treatment plant

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a loan of up to €20M to finance the construction of Mezitli wastewater treatment plant in Turkish city Mersin, which has a population of close to one million people.

DCWW plans £1B infrastructure spending spree

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) will spend £1B over the next three years on infrastructure projects across Wales, Herefordshire and Deeside. The programme includes £100M of additional investment in projects that were not originally earmarked for the current AMP5 regulatory investment cycle.

Severn Trent Services to supply Chinese nuclear plant

Water and wastewater service provider Severn Trent Services (STS) has won a contract to supply a chlorine dioxide generator to a nuclear plant in China.

Yorkshire Water aims to increase biogas production

Yorkshire Water has invested in thermal hydrolysis technology in a bid to create a more sustainable route for sludge treatment and disposal, as well as increase biogas production.

NI Water installs wastewater treatment unit

NI Water has installed a new wastewater treatment unit at a housing development near Rathfriland in a bid to improve the quality of treated effluent.

NIW's Trevor Haslett: "I thought if anyone is going to turn the company around it would be best done by someone who knows the business inside out"

'I've taken blunt questions - and given honest answers'

The winter crisis of 2010/11 has forced Northern Ireland Water to change the way that it operates. In an exclusive interview, chief executive Trevor Haslett gives WWT editor Natasha Wiseman the inside story

WRc managing director Mark Smith passionately believes the industry needs to collaborate in order to better innovate

Water industry told 'collaborate to innovate'

Innovation is the 'silver bullet' for the water industry and collaboration will be key in delivering it, WRc managing director Mark Smith told delegates at last week's WRc innovation day.

New public water utility set to launch in Ireland

Irish Water is set to become an independent state owned subsidiary of Bord Gais Eireann and remain in public ownership, the Irish Government has announced.

L-r: NI Water's John McGrane, AECOM's Joe Sweeney, Mayor of Londonderry Alderman Maurice Devenney, and Lagan Construction's Catriona Daly

NI Water starts work on £1m upgrade

Northern Ireland Water has started work on an upgrade to its Tamnaherin wastewater treatment works to ensure environmental standards compliance.

Sewage set to power commercial-scale algae biofuels

An EU-backed €12M algae biofuel demonstration project which aims to produce commercial-scale energy from sewage is set to go ahead in Spain later this year.

Galliford Try secures £49m Yorkshire Water contracts

Housing and construction group Galliford Try has secured two major contracts - worth a total of £49m - from Yorkshire Water.

Half of Irish wastewater plants fail to meet standards

A report, released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has shown that 46% of wastewater treatment plants in Ireland have failed to meet wastewater quality standards or EPA guidelines, with "serious" environmental impacts on local waterways.

Chinese industry reacts to stricter water standards

Water-stressed industries in China are favouring membrane bioreactor (MBR) technologies for wastewater treatment, in response to newer, more stringent standards.

Hogan unveils discount for early septic tank registration

Ireland's minister for environment, community and local government Phil Hogan has unveiled plans for the septic tank registration fee to be reduced to ‚¬5 for the first three months - when it will increase tenfold.

Coca-Cola on track to become 'water neutral' by 2020

Drinks giant Coca-Cola has unveiled how it will continue to hit "stringent" targets to reduce water usage in its first digital Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Modgen treatment works

Water quality sewage upgrade project at half-way point

A major sewage upgrade project which aims to increase the capacity of London's treatment works by 50% is half-way towards completion, according to Thames Water.

Water Services Amendment Bill deadline set

Irish minister for the environment, community and local government Phil Hogan has unveiled a deadline of February 3 for enactment of the Water Services Amendment Bill 2011.

Grundfos fixes off-gassing problem at US plant

Vapour locking at low flow rates was posing problems for Point South wastewater treatment plant, South Carolina. Heidi Berger, sales director - dosing and disinfection for Grundfos, explains how the situation was improved

Culligan International renames UK division

Water treatment business Culligan International has renamed its commercial and industrial businesses in the UK.

Scottish Water unveils £20m to double hydro power plan

Scottish Water (SW) is looking to launch a £20m hydro power scheme, in a bid protect its water treatment plants from power failures.

Scottish Water looks to make wastewater treatment works permanent

Scottish Water (SW) has unveiled plans to continue upgrade works at its Dalmuir wastewater treatment works (WWTW) in Clydebank.

The carbon challenge is seen as an opportunity

Climate change and population growth spurring on Anglian Water

Sustainability has become key to Anglian Water's investment decision-making as it looks to minimise environmental impacts

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

Getting the measure of a gas that won't keep still

Mark Allinson, a process-flow specialist at ABB, explains how thermal-mass meters can accurately monitor variations in the generation of biogas

Balmoral Tanks thinks big

As legislation tightens, Balmoral has introduced a range of package plants that use technology from larger systems.

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

Sleepless in Macclesfield has a happy ending

Sarah Blayds of Hach Lange UK reveals how a monitoring system can help treatment works' senior staff sleep easier - in the long run, that is

Rules change on small works

Significant changes to rules on small wastewater treatment systems come into force next month. Alex Best of wastewater specialist WPL warns of the dangers of being unprepared, and considers the implications

There's no business like show business

IWEX 2008 took place at Birmingham's NEC last month as part of Sustainabilitylive!, organised by WET News publisher Faversham House Group.

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.

Ignoring the dangers of chlorine

Despite a very real threat to employees and the environment, thermoplastic tanks are still being used to store sodium hypochlorite. WET News analyses the issues.

Taking a harsher view of pollution

Drinking water is safer than 25 years ago. But, writes Dan McCarthy, we should not rest on our laurels, and stricter rules on water pollution should be supported

The importance of flow and load surveys

Although seemingly expensive, a flow and load survey can save vast sums of money - and it can prove to be a key aspect of a wastewater treatment works, writes Paul Lavender of Aqua Enviro

Environmental awards bonanza

Two awards ceremonies celebrating the successes of the environmental industries will be held in Birmingham during SustainabilityLive!

Aquabio gets to the root of a particularly potent problem

Aquabio is pioneering the use of large-scale recycling and reuse systems in the industrial sector.

Picking out a winner from innovation's brightest stars

Three companies with groundbreaking products are in the final stretch of the race for the Water Industry Achievement Awards' second Innovative Technology Award. Natasha Wiseman checks out their form

And the award goes to...

The finalists of the second annual Water Industry Achievement Awards have been chosen and, judging by the success of last year's event, the awards dinner promises to be a night to remember

It's the final countdown to the awards

With only weeks left until the winners are announced, we preview the entries in this year's awards

WFD by 2015: an unrealistic deadline?

The WFD aims to improve integrated water management at a catchment level. But uncertainty remains. Mike Woolgar analyses the issues and how the industry should proceed.

Southern handles its liquor with Partech

Handling mixed liquor had been causing problems for a water treatment works in Sussex, so Southern Water installed eight Partech monitors.

How to monitor nitrous oxide generation

Nitrogen removal is likely to become required at increasing numbers of wastewater treatment plants. A nitrous oxide monitor by Water Innovate can optimise treatment processes. Dr James Ellis reports.

Anglian throws down climate change gauntlet to suppliers

If suppliers don't clean up their acts and join with Anglian Water's efforts to lower carbon emissions, the utility will stop doing business with them. But, as Maureen Gaines found out, the suppliers are more than eager to accept the challenge.

Leading the way on leachate

Leachate treatment is one of the most challenging aspects of emissions control for landfill operators. Philip Whittaker, Air Products' business development lead for water systems explains how a Welsh site is pioneering a new system

Dorset resort raises standards

The installation of moving sand bed filters at Gillingham's wastewater treatment plant is expected to meet the growing population's needs until 2020, writes Mattias Feldthusen of Swedish treatment specialist Nordic Water Products

Knowing your worth

However sophisticated the economics, the value of some things cannot be calculated. And water may be one of them, writes Barrie Clarke of Water UK

Optimisation saves energy

New technology has been developed that allows the quick and accurate determination of the critical dissolved oxygen concentration for activated sludge. Ken Diamond of Strathkelvin Instruments reviews its implementation at two UK sites

Hopes for the future

Water companies are looking forward this month to publication of a new national water strategy. Barrie Clarke outlines the benefits of a pathway that tries to involve people and organisations rather than pursue individual economic or environmental goals

Dosing plant leads the pack

A packaged plant offers tailored solutions that can be factory tested and avoids the need for costly and time-consuming on-site engineering, writes Barry Green, sales director of Gee & Company

Raising the septic standard

Septic tanks pose a major threat to the environment, according to Mike Norton, technical director of wastewater treatment plant manufacturer Klargester. Natasha Wiseman found out more about his concerns and why a new British Standard will help address the issues

Perco applies pressure to CIPP

Cured-in-place pipe lining is no longer unusual, but employing the technique in the remediation of a pressurised main posed some interesting challenges, writes Nick Sheehan, engineering director of Perco

Upgrade copes with growing town

In a rapidly expanding Devonshire town, Wessex Water has upgraded wastewater treatment standards to keep pace with the population. The utility's options were limited because space is at a premium. But aerated sand filters have improved final effluent, which has to comply with increasingly stringent standards.

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