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Hampden Park stadium has cut its water consumption by 35% and scored savings of £40,000 per year

Football stadium tracks water use, saves £40,000

Scotland's national football stadium has reduced its water consumption by 35% in the space of 15 months after installing monitoring equipment which identified anomalies and spikes in water usage.

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Whitbread's 'robust approach' to water efficiency recognised by Carbon Trust

Premier Inn and Costa parent company, Whitbread, has achieved the Carbon Trust Water Standard for demonstrating a "robust approach" to water measurement and management, and achieving year-on-year reductions in use.

CIWEM says charging for basic water usage would allow affordable use whilst ensuring wasteful users pay for the environmental costs

Those wasting water should pay for environmental costs says CIWEM

Basic water usage should be charged to combat wastefulness and increase efficiency, says the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Ford cuts water use per vehicle by 8.5% through technology investment

Ford has reduced water use per vehicle by 8.5% from 2011 to 2012, pushing the company a step closer towards its 2015 30% reduction target.

Small businesses set to benefit from mammoth water meter roll-out

At least 20% of the 1,600 jobs created by Irish Water's domestic water metering programme will be given to people from small local businesses and the unemployed, it was announced today.

Eagles Meadow shopping centre in Wrexham

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".

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MOD declares war on water wastage

MOD industry partners will be responsible for reducing water consumption in UK military establishments, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has announced.

Preventative action needed on Europe's water vulnerability

Human-induced alterations to the environment such as land use, water abstraction and climate change are threatening Europe's natural cycle of water availability, according to a report published this week.

Government condemned for 'disappointing' draft water bill

The Government's draft water bill lacks ambition and the plans are unlikely to provide the necessary changes within an acceptable timescale, according to the latest Westminster Sustainable Business Forum publication.

UK water supply chain in 'desperate need of innovation'

Leaders from across the UK and European water sectors have made a series of recommendations for water policy reform in Britain.

Ofwat urged to recognise the true value of water in London

Water must be managed better in London, and leakage rates are not likely to improve significantly because Ofwat targets are not stringent enough, according to the London Assembly.

Meters with leak alarms will reduce water waste in the South East of England

New water meters will save up to 5m litres a day

New 'leak intelligent' water meters, installed by Southern Water in the South East of England, are estimated to save up to 5m litres of water per day once the project is completed in 2015.

Government under fire for weak stance on water metering

Support has come flooding in for a new report that slams the Government's approach to water metering as "weak" and raises concerns over whether plans outlined in the Water White Paper will be enough to stop rivers running dry.

Metering landmark for Southern Water

Southern Water has installed more than 200,000 new water meters under its two-year old installation programme.

Smart water meter trial extended to London

A trial to test the sustainability of long-term radio communications networking for connecting smart water meters has been extended to London.

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

Waterwise set to run engaging water users conference

Water efficiency organisation Waterwise is set to host a conference on engaging water users, with a 20% discount offered before end of January.

WRAP joins Anglian Water to help SMEs cut water usage

WRAP and Anglian Water Business have joined forced forces in a bid to help businesses cut their water bills.

Irish water reform will 'sustain' €600m investment per year

A six-week public consultation on reform of the Irish water sector has been launched, with the proposed plans including the establishment of new public utility company Irish Water and a water metering rollout.

Waterwise Technology lands Heathrow Airport contract

Waterwise Technology (WT) has secured a major contract to supply all water equipment to the new BAA Terminal 2 (T2) at Heathrow Airport.

The initiative will stop up to £2.7m going down the drain over the next three years

Water meter initiative to save Scottish public sector £2.7m

Business Stream has won a contract to implement the UK's largest ever non-domestic smart water meter roll out, saving an estimated £2.7m over the next three years.

The proposed changes would put the power to 'shop around' for water in the hands of 26,000 businesses

Legal change to let businesses switch water companies

Proposed legislative changes would allow more businesses to choose their water supplier, enabling them to 'shop' for the best available deal.

South West Water launches water saving service for businesses

South West Water (SWW) has unveiled its latest initiative to help businesses make savings through water efficiency.

Why it's time to get smart

Customers across the UK have said that they like combined water and energy efficiency messages, says Andrew Tucker, water strategy manager at the Energy Saving Trust, so why wait any longer?

L-r: A E Adams customer services director Derrie Adams with Southern Water metering programme commercial manager Malcolm Butchers

Southern Water's 'Save-a-Flush' giveaway

Southern Water's campaign to reduce water wastage will see 50,000 customers receive a 'Save-a-Flush' bag free of charge.

Institute of Water area president George Butler will introduce the event

IoW Northern Ireland announces water sustainability event

A major seminar to discuss water sustainability and the future of Northern Ireland's supply will take place next month.

Water Supply Project gains support of Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council has issued a statement recommending the use of raw water from the River Shannon for a proposed water supply project by Irish landowners Bord na Mona.

Northern Ireland Water awards Saint-Gobain contract

Northern Ireland Water (NIW) has awarded its piping contract to Saint- Gobain UK.

Water conservation game launches

Environmental charity Global Action Plan (GAP) has launched an interactive water conservation game station in a bid to encourage users to save water.

Southern Water fined for West Sussex sewage spill

Southern Water has been fined £7,202 for polluting a watercourse with sewage near its West Sussex pumping station.

Award-winning company wins metering contract

Elster (NYSE: ELT) has won a contract with Wessex Water, Bristol Water and Sembcorp Bournemouth Water to provide the companies with up to 150,000 polymer water meters.

Meeting the operational challenges ahead

Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions is the main contractor for Southern Water’s Universal Metering Programme, which is currently under way in the South-east of England. Colin Kelly, the company’s director of gas and water, talks through the day-to-day operational challenges of the project – and how these will impact upon future work.

Plugging leaks north of the border

A smartly designed and environmentally friendly new metering gadget is winning plaudits in Scotland. Scottish Water has already had success in plugging leaks with the Incertameter – and is planning further installations.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny raises the Green Flag at GMIT Castlebar

Green flag raised at County Mayo campus

The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Castlebar is the first Institute in Ireland to be awarded an international Green-Campus Award.

Fairness on tap for water customers

A coalition including WWF and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is calling on the government to get water meters installed in 80% of homes by 2020.

Southern Water plugs record number of leaks

Southern Water has repaired a record 22,000 leaks in the past year, despite one of the harshest winters in recent times.

Water firm to recycle 100% of its tyres

A water firm has pledged to recycle 100% of the 52 tonnes of tyres it goes through every year.

NI Water announces fourth year of water improvement

Beleaguered Northern Ireland Water has announced a fourth consecutive year of improvement in water quality.

Recent flooding killed 100s in Pakistan

'1 in 100 year' flood disasters could happen every other decade

Catastrophic flood events normally expected once a century - similar to those witnessed recently in Pakistan and Australia - can now be expected every 20 years.

Watchdog welcomes water quality improvement

Ireland's water has improved with the number of polluted rivers in the country halving in the past three years.

Water efficiency measures put low-income homes at risk

A new report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has warned that low-income households are at risk of 'water poverty'.

Water firm pledges no waste or pollution and 50% emission cuts by 2015

The UK's largest water firm claims to have announced the most ambitious set of environmental targets in the industry.

Water meters may be compulsory

Water meters may become compulsory for all households under government changes to the water charging system, which will be announced next month.

Construction starts on £114M city flood tunnel scheme

Construction work on a £114 million tunnel system to stop sewage flowing into a waterway started today (January 27).

Dublin announces water rationing measures

Dublin City Council has pleaded with residents to turn off their taps as water supplies run low.

Report leaks on twitter says water company

A water company has asked customers to use a popular social network to report leaks to them.

Water company to publish long term water plan

After a public inquiry earlier this year, South East Water has been given the go-ahead with its Water Resources Management Plan.

Thames Water staff try out the shoes

Thames Water issues ice grip shoes as cold weather bites

In what could be a first for the UK utility sector a water company is to issue its engineers with ice gripping shoes more commonly used in mountaineering.

Big business fear over future water use revealed

A survey of the world's largest businesses has revealed one in five has fears over future water use.

River Thames crowned globe's greatest waterway

London's River Thames has beaten off competition from across the globe to be crowned as the world's greatest waterway.

Fertiliser from sewage in UK first

Environmentally friendly fertiliser is to be made in a new process by taking phosphorus and ammonia out of waste water.

International backing for Irish water oxidation scheme

A completely new way to deal with water and waste water sludge could be set to change following a new process launched in the country.

Water treatment industry struggling to stay afloat

New figures published earlier this month show hundreds of water treatment companies are still struggling financially, despite the country's recent economic growth.

2010 Sustainability Leaders Forum

Environmental pioneers from organisations across the environmental spectrum will be explaining their secrets at the 2010 Sustainability Leaders Forum.

A bumpy ride ahead

Real time control in catchment management is on the agenda for water companies. But, says Steve Russell of the WRc group, there are many technical and organisational challenges ahead

Ground source heat pumps disappoint in test

The UK's largest test of domestic ground source heat pumps has disappointed with scientists reporting pumps 'underperformed'.

Galway faces new water restrictions

Residents have been forced to top up their drinking water from tankers after supplies ran low, Galway County Council said today (September 6).

Multi-million pound cleaning project in the pipeline

Work on a £21 million five-year project to clean 40 kilometres of water pipes in north west England begins today (Monday, September 6).

Welsh beauty spot marred by sewage leak

A popular Welsh holiday destination has been hit by a sewage spill.

'Dry water' could make commercial waves

UK scientists have unveiled a super powder called 'dry water' which could help tackle global warming by storing carbon dioxide

'Failing' Ofwat to be reviewed

Water regulator Ofwat will be reviewed to make sure it can cope with 'future challenges', according to the Government.

In hot water?

Civil servant in hot water over utility company scandal

A senior Northern Ireland civil servant has been suspended in a scandal related to a government-owned water company.

UK facing drought and heat-wave warning

Warnings over droughts and a heat-wave were issued this morning (July 9) as hot weather continues across the UK.

Hosepipe ban comes into force this week

Water firm United Utilities has introduced a hosepipe ban for the first time in 14 years for its North West region.

Water restrictions again as Irish supplies run low

Residents in County Clare are again being asked to reduce their water use after a lengthy spell of dry weather.

Steel plant decontamination work sees 20-year high for cockle numbers

A combination of an industrial clean up and limits on cockle harvesting has seen one of Wales' most successful fishing years.

Balfour Beatty's Jason Barratt and Lee Maddock

Balfour Beatty take top spot at Drilling and Tapping

The 2010 Institute of Water National Drilling and Tapping main event was won by Balfour Beatty in a closely fought contest.

Judge Charlie Dervison

Volcano ash crisis hits drilling and tapping

The annual speed-plumbing showdown that sees water companies from across Britain and Holland pit their teams' skills against one other has been affected by the air travel lockdown.

Water industry must act on climate change adaptation

Regardless of what we do to reduce our future impact on the climate, greenhouse gases already built up in the atmosphere mean that some change is inevitable - and the water industry is likely to feel the effects more than most.

Mike Norton

Regulated Water Management

This may sound a surprising assertion on the face of it, but we expect that within a few years every UK new build domestic house will have rainwater harvesting equipment installed as standard. Without it, developers and builders will not be able to meet the requirement for water usage laid down in the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Big clean as Thames hits five year low

The Thames will fall to a five year low next month giving volunteers and ideal opportunity to pick up rubbish.

UK and India climate change research deal

The UK and Indian governments have signed two deals to collaborate on water and health research.

Irish Uni opens water research facility

The National University of Ireland in Galway has opened a new waste water

Walker wants Ofwat to lead metering implementation

Industry regulator Ofwat should lead the transition to water metering as part of an overall government policy to keep total costs down. The recommendation is one of several proposed by Anna Walker in her independent Final Report on Charging for Household Water and Sewerage Services.

Ireland pledges millions to improve water use

Water saving measures worth around 300m Euros have been announced by the Irish Government.

Metering for the future

Water meters in the future will not feature moving parts, and will represent a "dramatic step" in water metering technology, according to Sensus Metering Systems.

Irish taps running dry?

Water shortages across Ireland

Burst pipes and increased demand has led to water shortages across Ireland as the country faces continued snow and freezing temperatures.

California water use 'not sustainable'

Satellite imagery has revealed the full extent of the unsustainable water use in California for the first time.

Pressures on water supplies make metering essential - EA

Even notoriously wet and rainy England will face severe water shortages as it feels the bite of climate change and a growing population.

Hannah Stoddard of Stakeholder Forum

COP15 delegates attacked for not thinking of water

A coalition of environmental groups has attacked COP15 delegates for not creating a specific role for water in any agreement coming from Copenhagen.

COP15 delegates need to talk more poo

Delegates thrashing out carbon savings need to think more about what they're flushing down the loo, according to a leading climate change manager.

David Owens

Outspoken CEO of Thames Water stands down

The outspoken chief executive of Thames Water has decided to step down after three years and less than a week after Ofwat's ruling on prices.

Water bills to remain stagnant as industry fears investment collapse

Water industry regulator Ofwat has blocked plans by some water companies to increase charges and in fact ordered bills to be cut.

Queen's Speech boost for UK low carbon economy

The Queen's Speech this month included the latest energy bill designed to move the UK to a lower carbon economy.

World toilet day highlights third world sanitation

A London toilet was transformed into a 'loo form hell' by a leading water charity to highlight the fact 2.5billion people live without proper sanitation.

Marine act a good start says RSPCA

The Marine and Coastal Access Bill will receive royal assent tomorrow (November 11) creating the world's only legislation protecting British seafronts.

A water vole

Water vole sightings double

The UK's fastest declining mammal the water vole is making a return to the nations waterways.

NI water quality 'getting better' despite washout summer

Northern Ireland's bathing water quality is getting better despite the difficulties posed by wet summer weather and flooding.

Ireland's 'abject failure' on waste water law

The European Court of Justice has ruled against the Irish Government in a case brought by the European Commission on waste water laws.

European space search for water launches

A satellite looking for water and monitoring climate change was successfully launched from northern Russia this morning (November 2).

Mumbai's Victoria station

At least two killed in water pipe accident

At least two people have been killed when a water pipe crashed onto a packed commuter train.

Water reviews an 'opportunity'

Fears over water reviews being swept away should a general election bring a change of political leadership are unfounded, according to the chief executive of Ofwat.

Arnold Schwarzenegger via Twitter this morning

California making progress on water infrastructure improvements

A standoff over water modernisation between California's Republican governor and the largely Democrat dominated local government which threatened the future of more than 200 pieces of legislation appears to be resolved.

Government seeks opinions on renewables obligation worth over £1 billion by 2010

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is looking for feedback on its new renewable energy plan requiring electricity suppliers to source a proportion of their energy from renewables, a scheme which, the DTI says, will be worth more than £1 billion by 2010, and even more in the following years.

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Irish bathing water published online

Data about the quality of Irish swimming water is available online through a new government service.

New York cracks down on fire hydrant abuse

Educating deprived communities about water conservation has seen a cut in the number of reported fire hydrant abuses in New York City.

In search of the one-litre drop

Regulators are putting pressure on water companies to save more and more water, which means consumers will be asked to play a big role as well. Jonathan Reed maintains technology will only get us so far - it is a behavioural shift that is needed.

B&Q's DIY approach to water conservation

Andy Francis, energy manager of B&Q, explains how its store-wide campaign to cut consumption of water is starting to have a positive effect on the bottom line

Intelligent plans for our resources

As a growing population and increasingly unpredictable weather put more pressure on water resources, Anne Dacey of the Environment Agency says meters are the answer.

Pace quickens on road to metering

Whichever way you look at it, meters have a key role to play in the water supply in England and Wales. Andy Godley of WRc weighs up the pros and cons

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