Big changes ahead: how the Water Bill can make businesses more sustainable
Water forms an important part of business sustainability. Or at least it should, says Ian Hewson. But the reality is that most businesses in England are used to being presented with a bill at the end of every month or quarter for the amount of water they have consumed, with little visibility of how they can reduce consumption and cut costs.
London Environment Committee to question Thames Water on management plans
The London Assembly's Environment Committee is to discuss longer-term water management plans with Thames Water, including action being taken to improve water efficiency in London's homes and businesses.
New guidance published to help businesses better understand value of water
New guidance to help businesses assess the value of water to their operations, as well as to society as a whole, has been published by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
In Deep Water: How technology can localise and restore urban water infrastructure
Many of us have experienced the growth of the "buy local food" movement in recent years. Brian Young and Emma Stewart, Sustainability Solutions at Autodesk, would like to propose an even more effective movement: "drink local".
Welsh Water raises investment to improve quality of rivers and wetlands
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) is investing a further £150,000 into environmental projects that aim to improve the quality of Welsh rivers, lakes and wetlands.
Brits wasting 2 billion litres of water per day in the shower
British homes are using nine billion litres of water every day, with showers being the biggest consumers of water in the home, according to the largest study ever conducted on household water use.
New guidelines published to improve risk governance in water sector
New guidelines to help water companies in the international water sector better manage and implement effective risk governance have been published this week.
Ireland sets protection measures for threatened 'pristine' water sites
Ireland has seen a dramatic loss of waterbodies in pristine condition due to relatively low intensity activities, such as field drainage, and pollution, according to a new report.
Europe failing own water quality standards
Water is failing EU environmental standards in more than 6,000 towns and cities across Europe, putting the health of millions of people at risk and rendering taxpayers liable for fines of over €1bn (£846m) a year, new research shows.
How easy is it to reduce water consumption?
Reducing water usage at a major retail establishment may seem like a complex challenge but in the case of Wrexham's Eagles Meadow shopping centre, cutting consumption was "not exactly rocket science".
Diageo records 7% water efficiency improvement in 2011
Diageo is on track to reach its water efficiency improvement target of 30% by 2015 after seeing progress of 7.2% in 2011, according to the drink manufacturer's latest Sustainability and Responsibility report.
Scientists monitor storm impact on water quality
British scientists will monitor the effect storms have on pollution in river water as climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of stormy weather.
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.
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.
Economic pressures impact on Ireland's environment
Ireland is facing formidable environmental challenges, particularly in relation to water, climate change and nature protection, concludes the latest country report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That's despite the environment being described as 'generally in good condition overall'.
South East Water makes £1.5m leakage investment
South East Water (SEW) has awarded technology company i20 Water a £1.5m contract to supply leakage management systems in a bid to tackle drought in the south east.
New Thames Tunnel consultation set to launch
Thames Water has unveiled plans to launch an additional four-week consultation round on amendments to its proposed Thames Tunnel project.
Ireland's bathing waters continue to improve
Irish bathing water standards have come up trumps again in the latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, with nearly 100% hitting EU mandatory standards in 2011.
South East Water to invest further £90m
South East Water (SEW) has unveiled plans to invest a further £90m in water mains improvements in 2012/13 as it nears the halfway mark of its five-year programme.
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.
Unilever aims to reduce environmental impact through collaborative working
Unilever has published details of a range of research projects focusing on waste, water and health in a bid to develop technologies and products with a lower environmental impact.
VIDEO: Coca-Cola on track to hit 20% water use efficiency target
Drinks giant Coca-Cola has unveiled how progress to improve water management and reduce water consumption is underway in its latest report.
Queen awards research linking water pollution to low sperm counts
The Queen has awarded a team of researchers from Brunel University for their pioneering work linking chemical pollutants in rivers with declining sperm counts and cancer.
Merger creates top ten consultancy
Engineering consultancies DHV and Royal Haskoning have announced their intention to merge the two businesses, creating a top ten independently-owned, non-listed firm in their field.
Ofwat appoints new board members
Water regulator Ofwat has appointed two new members to its board and a new senior director of markets.
Soap suds and savings
Washrooms can account for a significant percentage of water use in offices. But, say Ann Durrant and Alexandra McKay, companies can reduce their impact on this natural resource and save money by switching from lotion to foam soaps and changing their employees handwashing technique
UPDATED: edie poll proves businesses divided over water pricing
Businesses are divided over plans by Ofwat to increase water bills, with an edie poll suggesting a near even spilt between those in favour and those against the increase.
Plans to extend EU list of dangerous water pollutants 'fall short', says WWF
Environmental group WWF has criticised plans by the European Commission to add 15 new chemicals to the current EU list of 33 dangerous water pollutants, arguing proposals "fall short".
British Water launches international SME group
An international group for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) has launched, in a bid to help them compete with major businesses in the global water market.
Institute of Water awards trio of water professionals
The Institute of Water (IOW) has awarded a trio of water industry professionals with the Chartered Environmentalist qualification.
Dublin launches water mains upgrade works
Dublin City Council has launched the next phase of a Euro118m water main rehabilitation project in a bid to reduce leakage, improve water pressure and security of supply.
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.
Thames Water warns of potential summer drought
Thames Water has launched four new water-saving campaigns in a bid to tackle water scarcity and safeguard against a potential drought in the summer.
EWC seeks to challenge Lancashire in Supreme Court
Environmental Waste Controls (EWC) is planning to challenge Lancashire County Council in the Supreme Court, following its decision to award a waste disposal contract to SITA UK.
Londoners get insulation incentives
Londoners are being offered cut price insulation as part of a plan to curb the capital's carbon emissions, the Mayor announced on Wednesday.
Clinton announces drinking water health standards
President Clinton has announced two new public health standards for drinking water, and released $775 in low-interest loans for state drinking water improvements.