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Businesses urged to view water as economic risk rather than environmental issue

Efforts to combat water scarcity are "absent from the portfolios" of investors, and it is now the responsibility of the private sector to step up water efficiency practices to build understanding that water is an economic risk as well as an environmental one.

Brunel University vice-chancellor Chris Jenks and professor Susan Jobling with the Queen and Duke

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.

Fracking protest outside DECC London office last year

Home Counties fracking claim denied

Cuadrilla Resources has admitted it has licenses for the controversial process across the Home Counties, but denies it is planning work in the immediate future - with local councils refuting claims fracking permission has been granted.

Fracking 'will' cause drinking water pollution, warns DEC expert

An environmental engineering technician has warned that fracking will poison New York's water supply through contamination of its aquifers.

Coils and bundles of cloth in a production chamber in China's Well Dyeing Factory

Clothing giants slammed for use of 'hazardous' chemicals

Major clothing brands have been named and shamed in a new report which reveals that hazardous chemical residues in textiles are being released into public waterways.

A municipal waste dump in Afogados da Ingazeira, Pernambuco, north-east Brazil. Photo: Eleanor Bentall/Tearfund

Circular economy provides golden opportunity to save lives in Rio and beyond, report claims

As the curtains draw on the 2016 Olympics, a new report has claimed that toxic waste polluting the environment in the Olympics Host City of Rio de Janeiro and other cities across the world could actually be used to alleviate poverty and save lives through a circular-economy approach to waste management.

Five trillion pieces of plastic are now floating in the world’s oceans, which is frequently mistaken for food by fish and birds

Plastic waste dumped in UK seas 'carried to Arctic within two years'

Plastic dumped into the seas around the UK is carried to the Arctic within two years, scientists have revealed, where it does "extreme harm" to the fragile polar environment.

The average standards were significantly higher across the rest of the continent, with more than 84% of countries meeting the ‘excellent’ level

UK in hot water as bathing sites rank worst in EU

The UK has the highest proportion of bathing water sites rated as 'poor quality' in the European Union (EU), results from the European Environment Agency's (EEA) annual bathing water report show.

Research will be carried out for 12 months measuring nutrient water quality and examining pollution levels when sediments in estuaries are stirred up by storms.

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.

Whyte & McKay was found guilty of spilling 19,260 litres of fusel oil into the Cromarty Firth

Scottish distillery operator fined £9,000 following fusel oil spill

Scottish drinks company Whyte and MacKay has been fined £9,000 after a spill from its distillery in Invergordon polluted the Cromarty Firth at Saltburn Pier, said the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

IN-DEPTH: Concerns over water resources rising

A growing number of European countries are concerned about their water resources, with chemical pollution and climate change considered the greatest threat to the water environment.

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.

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.

UK digital drainage map launches

A new digital map of the UK has been launched by the British Geological Survey (BGS) in a bid to help planners, developers and local authorities reduce urban flooding.

Water minister Richard Benyon takes part in the clean-up in East London

Boris and Benyon support waterways clean-up campaign

London mayor Boris Johnson and water minister Richard Benyon are backing a new campaign to "clean and green" East London's rivers and canals ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Environmental training college fined for water course pollution

A college which specialises in training and education for land-based and animal care industries has been fined for polluting a water-course.

Managing sewerage assets

Jim Grandison from IETG looks at how improvements in data acquisition can enhance performance in sewerage management

Paul Conroy of WRc looks at minimising sewage pollution incidents

Sewerage undertakers are under pressure to avoid incidents that have the potential to result in pollution and, when an incident occurs, to minimise any resulting pollution. Serious failures can cause disruption, health risks, a loss of service, a poor image to customers and unnecessary expense to operators.

Fracking gets green light as shale makes comeback in the UK

Hydraulic fracturing for shale gas will resume after the Government today lifted a ban on the practice, known as fracking.

The Commission's blueprint has called for the EU to step up its efforts to deal with old and emerging challenges

European Commission launches water efficiency blueprint

The European Commission has launched a blueprint to ensure enough quality water is available to meet the needs of people, the economy and the environment.

Europe's lakes need to improve to meet 2015 environmental target

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).

M&S promises to halt toxic chemical release from supply chain

Marks & Spencer has pledged to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chain and products by 2020, following pressure from campaign group Greenpeace.

Projects eligible under the CSF grant include managing pesticides to reduce groundwater impacts and silage stores and works to keep livestock away from streams.

CSF grant scheme helps farmers reduce water pollution

A grant scheme that offers funding to help farmers and producers reduce diffuse water pollution has had more than 3,000 applications submitted.

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.

South Korea unveils seawater desalination R&D project

Water professionals must radically change their attitudes to water sourcing if global water scarcity is to be tackled, according to the International Water Association (IWA).

SWW fined for water pollution

South West Water (SWW) has been slapped with a fine of £16,000 after polluting the Tamar Estuary with poor quality sewage effluent.

Interior view of H&M store in Stockholm, Sweden

H&M aims for sustainable 'fast-fashion'

High street fashion powerhouse H&M is ramping up its commitment to become a 'fast-fashion' eco leader with its latest report showing impressive reductions in water, energy and waste.

Unexpected pollution incidents an lead to significant fines and a substantial bill for environmental remediation

Environmental pollution - is your business watertight?

Business owners and site managers need to ensure that their facilities are protected from water pollution and flooding. How will spill containment systems work in a real-life emergency? Would regulatory authorities be satisfied that containment systems are effective? David Cole from Hydro Consultancy finds out.

OECD environmental study paints 'grim' picture of 2050

A 50% increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, an 85% global dependence on fossil fuels, a 400% increase in water demand from manufacturing and urban air pollution to be the number one environmental cause of premature death... the OECD predictions for 2050 make stark reading.

The letter asks food and beverage companies for increased transparency and disclosure about their exposure to water risk

Global investors urge food firms to address rising water risks

Investors managing more than $2.6trn in assets have sent joint letters to 15 international food and drink companies amid growing concerns over water security and pollution.

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".

Local residents hit back at Cuadrilla fracking plans

Oil and gas company Cuadrilla felt the wrath of furious local residents at a public meeting to discuss its proposed plans to drill test for shale gas in the Home Counties.

Natural capital refers to the elements of the natural environment that provide valuable goods and functions such as clean air, clean water, food and recreation

Nature & Wellbeing Act needed to protect dwindling natural capital

The UK's current rate of loss of biodiversity and natural capital is reaching a crisis point and "significant new effort" will be needed by the incoming government to ensure the delivery of much-needed national infrastructure.

The retailer has agreed to ban dangerous pollutants by the end of June 2016

Aldi commits to hazardous chemical detox

Leading discount retailer Aldi has signed up to Greenpeace's Detox campaign, committing to the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals from the lifecycle and production of all its textile and footwear goods by 2020.

South West Water fined for water pollution

South West Water (SWW) has been fined for discharging poor quality effluent from a sewage treatment works into a River tributary near Exeter, Devon.

Manchester waterways clean-up project reveals bizarre dumps

A doll's house, giant Guinness hat and wrestling DVD have been some of the more unusual objects collected from Manchester's waterways as part of a clean-up project.

EA issues septic tank registration reminder for Wales

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued a reminder calling for people in Wales to register their septic tanks or small package treatment plants.

Yorkshire airport lands £45,000 fine over water pollution

Leeds Bradford International airport has landed a £45,000 fine after it admitted releasing potentially harmful surface-water into a watercourse.

Woodland Trust wins £60,000 RBC grant for water project

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has awarded conservation charity Woodland Trust £60,000 to help it increase awareness of the role trees play in managing water and flood management.

Consultation could bring swifter project delivery

Government proposals to streamline the planning process for major sewer projects would benefit water companies like Thames Water, says Shane Toal, partner in the real estate team at law firm Dundas & Wilson

Data catchment: Eden monitoring goes live

One of the first projects to capture river water quality in Cumbria, live, has just gone online. A report from Lancaster University explains what it means for catchment management.

United Utilities fined £27,000 for Lake District watercourse pollution

United Utilities has been fined £27,000 and ordered to pay £1,702 in costs after raw sewage overflowed into watercourses near Keswick, Lake District on two occasions.

There are 2.6bn people worldwide without access to adequate sanitation

Countdown to World Toilet Day

The 10th annual World Toilet Day takes place tomorrow (November 19th) and will be marked with events in more than 19 countries according to the organiser, the World Toilet Organisation (WTO) including an online flush tracker.

The acid leak turned the River Quaggy "reddish Brown" (River Quaggy not shown)

£10k fine for company leaking acid into river

Streamline Environmental Services has been successfully prosecuted by the Environment Agency (EA) for causing hydrochloric acid to leak into the River Quaggy in Lewisham which "devastated wildlife".

One of the five recent recipients Northern Ireland Water education manager Jane Jackson

Chartered environmental recognition for five water professionals

Five water industry professionals recently achieved the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) qualification through the Institute of Water (IoW).

Local community involvement 'key' to water resource management and security

Water resource management and water security could be "dramatically improved" through local community involvement, according to a new report.

Welsh bathing water standards hit record high

Wales' bathing waters standards for 2011 came in higher than England's, with 98.9% of Welsh beaches meeting mandatory public health and environment standards, according to the Environment Agency (EA).

Opposition to London "super sewer" forces Thames Water to revise plans

Thames Water has unveiled revised plans to use brownfield sites, rather than greenfield, as part of its London Thames Tunnel project, resulting in £500m in additional costs.

Minister Hogan unveils Water Services Amendment Bill 2011

The Water Services Amendment Bill 2011 has been published by the Irish minister for the environment, community and local government Phil Hogan, in a bid to reduce drinking water and groundwater pollution in Ireland.

3,000 fish killed in River Thames sewage spill

The Environment Agency (EA) has launched a full investigation into a raw sewage spill along a seven mile stretch of a tributary of the River Thames.

The scheme will work with farmers to access funding to reduce agricultural pollution

Yorkshire scheme to reduce agricultural pollution

A new two-year project in the Yorkshire Dales National Park will continue work with local farmers to help reduce water pollution on their land.

Tom Pellereau

Apprentice star launches 'revolutionary' legionella treatment

A pioneering water product developed by BBC Apprentice star Tom Pellereau which kills legionella and other water borne diseases has launched.

VIDEO: WaterAid supporters celebrate 30 years of clean water

WaterAid has marked 30 years of bringing clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest countries at its Annual Supporters' Meeting in London.

VIDEO: Anglian Water sewer campaign tackles blockages

Anglian Water has launched an innovative 3D animation to celebrate the success of its campaign to reduce sewer blockages in Peterborough.

Washwater guidance a 'welcome step' towards tackling pollution

New Environment Agency (EA) guidance on the treatment and disposal of concrete washwater is a "welcome step" forward in reducing pollution from building sites.

Human Rights Council pledges to improve water supply protection

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UN) has passed three resolutions that cover water, climate change and toxic waste issues at its 18th session in Geneva and is calling on its member states to take action.

John West launches full supply chain transparency application

UK canned seafood manufacturer John West has unveiled plans to bring "full transparency" to its supply chain.

Farmers awarded grants to tackle water pollution

Farmers in the South West have been awarded more than £5.7m in grants over the past year from a government-funded initiative to tackle water pollution across the region.

Seahorse found in the Thames

Improvement to River Thames water quality entices seahorses

Water quality improvements in the River Thames could encourage seahorses to its shores after evidence of a colony was discovered.

The Environment Agency launches new water quality testing service

The Environment Agency (EA) has developed a new water quality testing service in a bid to improve the standard and efficiency of water monitoring in England and Wales.

Scottish Water fined again

Scottish Water has been fined for the second time in a week for discharging raw sewage into a waterway.

Southern Water fined £25,000 for estuary pollution

Southern Water (SW) was fined £25,000 and order to pay costs of £5,467 after pleading guilty to allowing unscreened sewage to be illegally discharged from its Southampton sewage treatment works.

Northern Ireland reports cleanest waters in 15 years

Environment minister Alex Attwood has announced that all of Northern Ireland's 24 bathing waters passed EC Bathing Waters Directive mandatory standards for water quality in 2011.

Makers of The Famous Grouse fined for watercourse pollution

Highland Distillers was fined £15,000 after pleading guilty to failing to comply with the conditions of its water use licence following a diesel spill into a nearby watercourse.

River Eden, Armathwaite Gorge - photo courtesy of Eden Rivers Trust

Defra-funded water project goes live

Ten river monitoring stations on the River Eden and its tributaries went live on Monday as part of the Defra-funded Eden Demonstration Test Catchment (EdenDTC).

VIDEO UPDATE: mine water 'likely' cause of River Neath pollution

The Environment Agency Wales (EAW) has now confirmed that water from an old iron ore mine is the most likely cause of pollution in the River Neath, Wales after a 10km stretch of the river was turned bright orange.

Foam on the River Wandle last week. Picture courtesy of the Environment Agency

Foam on River Wandle caused by waste plant fire

A serious fire at a waste tyre processing facility on the Purley Way, Croydon, resulted in a large quantity of foam, used to fight the fire, collecting on the River Wandle.

SEPA results reveal bathing water quality improvements

Nearly 100% of Scottish bathing waters have passed European bathing water quality standards this summer, as a result of daily prediction and technology improvements.

Last call for nominations for the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is urging water industry experts to nominate individuals or organisations for the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize before the 15 September deadline.

Wessex Water continues sewer upgrade scheme

Wessex Water is continuing its sewerage upgrade scheme by provided a rural village in Somerset with its first sewer.

Water scarcity overtakes global warming as top environmental concern

Water pollution and water supply issues have overtaken global warming as a top environmental concern, according to a new report.

Little Britain star begins 140 mile River Thames charity swim

TV comic David Walliams has started a 140 mile charity swim along the River Thames from Gloucestershire to London.

Water companies help Environment Agency improve river standards

The Environment Agency (EA) has today (30 August) published a list of the 10 most improved rivers in the UK, with the list including one river than was officially declared a 'sewer' in the 1960s.

Environment Protection Agency urged to issue water warnings

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) for Ireland has been urged to issue water warnings when water supplies breach international standards for cancer causing chemicals.

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.

Scottish Water trials oxygenation to improve water quality

Scottish Water has launched Scotland's first oxygenation trial on the Inner Clyde Estuary, Glasgow in a bid to improve water quality and stimulate local wildlife.

Heineken owned drinks firm fined £36,000 for river pollution

Universal Beverages, a subsidiary of Heineken UK, has been fined for polluting a river and breaching the conditions of its environmental permit.

Bakery causes vegetable oil spill in River Avon

A bakery company spilled 5,000 litres of rapeseed oil, resulting in 800 litres of the oil polluting the River Avon.

Closing the nutrients cycle

Unsustainable agricultural and wastewater disposal practices pose an irreversible threat to global and water resources. Researchers at the Fraunhofer-Institut in Germany, Jennifer Bilbao, Maria Soledad Stoll and Siegfried Egner, are investigating strategies for reusing the nutrients

Human rights group accuses China of not acting on lead contamination

Human Rights Watch has accused Chinese government officials of restricting access to lead testing and treatment of people in areas contaminated by industrial pollution.

Pig slurry pollutes stream

A company has been fined after pig slurry leaked into a tributary after a storage lagoon bank collapsed causing 'gross pollution'.

Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling Tower Image: Ruhrfisch

US shale gas company fined over $1 million

Chesapeake Energy has been fined almost $ 1,088,000 for two instances of contaminating water supplies at its shale gas drilling sites.

 Phil Hogan: Image:Fine Gael

Ireland environment minister 'disappointed' by EU fine

EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potoènik has recommended that Ireland be fined a lump-sum fine of €2.7 million and a daily penalty payment of €26,173 over the country's handling of septic tanks.

Ben Fogle swimming through the plastic debris

Ben Fogle swims through 'horrific' plastic soup in ocean

Explorer and television presenter Ben Fogle has swum through a vast slick of plastic soup in the Indian Ocean to highlight the pollution crisis threatening our seas.

Lustrum Beck: Photo by Ian Barton

Sewage discharged into River Tees

The Environment Agency is warning residents in Stockton not to enter Lustrum Beck after a large discharge of sewage was found in the water.

Japanese contamination fears rise over reactor water cooling

Nuclear regulators are becoming increasingly concerned about the levels of contamination in water used to cool Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

An earlier protest against BP in the USA

BP executives face Gulf of Mexico protester's wrath

A wave of protests are expected as BP's top executives gather in London today (April 14) in London's Excel.

Farmer fined for manure pollution

A farmer in County Down, Northern Ireland was fined £4,000 plus court costs for polluting a waterway with sludge and manure.

Biggest 'shake-up' of water management since nationalisation

A three month consultation into the future management of much of Britain's waterways begins today (March 30).

Tap water contaminated for 1,800 households

Residents in Galway have been warned not to use tap water after home heating oil leaked into the water supply.

A number of people attended the launch of Maidstone's food waste scheme this week

Maidstone launches new food waste scheme

Maidstone Borough Council officially launched its new food waste scheme earlier this week (21st March).

Governments must invest in water

Governments must invest in water and sanitation - that's the message of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on World Water Day.

Oil leak disaster threatens penguins

An oil leak in Tristan da Cunha UK overseas territory in the South Atlantic is threatening a colony of penguins.

NI Water announces fourth year of water improvement

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

One billion without water

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) says that despite global shortages, the real water crisis is not with scarcity but of access to safe drinking water.

Fine after sewage poured into homes and gardens

A water company has been fined hundreds of thousands of pounds after it allowed sewage to pour into homes and gardens following an eight year court battle.

App to warn of flooding launched

The country's first ever mobile phone app to warn of flooding has been launched today (March 14).

NI Water guilty of pollution offence

Beleaguered water company Northern Ireland Water (NIW) has been found guilty of releasing polluting discharge into the Enler River.

Fish farmer fined

A former fish farm owner has been fined for failing to clear up waste on his fish farm.

H1N1 flu vaccine

Flu drugs may harm drinking water

Research has found that existing plans for antiviral and antibiotic use during a severe influenza pandemic could reduce wastewater treatment efficiency.

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