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A greener kind of California dreaming

A state-of-the-art water recycling facility in Santa Paula is setting the industry bar in how to reduce energy costs and cut the environmental footprint.

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What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: Whitbread Group & Waterscan

With deadline day for entry to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards later this week, we take a closer look at the outstanding water management initiative from Whitbread Group and Waterscan that won over last year's judges.

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.

Three steps all businesses should take on water management

Businesses could benefit from taking a three-pronged approach to fast-track effective water management strategies, a sustainability expert has said.

Kellogg's has pledged to reduce energy, GHG emissions and water use across its operations by an additional 15% per metric tonne of food produced from a 2015 baseline, and expand its use of low-carbon energy in plants by 50% by 2020

Kellogg's unveils new sustainability goals on energy, water and waste

Kellogg Company has announced new goals to reduce energy, water, waste and packaging as part of a wider drive to strengthen its existing responsible sourcing commitments.

US manufacturer Mosaic Company is operating on more than 90% water and is now helping other businesses to reduce their consumption

US manufacturer works with energy firm to cut water by 20m litres per day

Nutrient producer Mosaic Company has made significant progress in its water conservation efforts during the past 12 months, with its main fertilizer production facility now operating on more than 90% recycled water.

Toilet flushing cuurently accounts for around 30% of UK household water use

Better toilet design could lessen demand on building water supplies

Toilet redesign could unlock the key to reducing the amount of water used during the flushing process within the built environment.

Interserve's group finance director and head of sustainability Tim Haywood says the Middle East is now a priority in terms of water reduction

Interserve increases its thirst for water reuse in Middle East

Interserve is targeting its Middle East operations in a bid to reduce water use across the business, where one of the challenges is to find viable markets for reusable water.

More than 80% of the survey's respondents said water challenges would affect their decision on where to locate future facilities

Rising water threats likely to hit business profits by 2020

Water risks are set to intensify as new research reveals that 60% of major US corporations believe this issue will affect business growth and profitability within the next five years.

Coca Cola aims to achieve a 100% replenishment rate by 2020

Cola-Cola looks beyond water targets to wider policy challenge

Coca-Cola's director of global water stewardship Greg Koch has revealed that policy engagement is the fastest growing area of the company's work on water as he called for greater government intervention on the issue.

The futuristic shower that recycles water 'while you wash'

A prototype shower system has been developed that claims to offer massive water and energy savings by recycling water while you wash.


CDP report: Global companies taking 'outdated approach' to water issues

A misguided approach to water-related risk management has become "business as usual" at the world's largest global companies, according to the latest CDP Global Water Report.

UK and US engineers to collaborate on global water issues

A new trans-Atlantic collaboration, 'Clean Water for All', will bring leading water engineers from the United States and the UK together to tackle problems of providing clean, sustainable water supplies.

Financial incentives are needed if greywater recycling is to make a bigger splash in the UK, according to the report

Greywater recycling benefits must be better communicated

Greywater recycling systems could make a significant contribution towards cutting water consumption, but are unlikely to catch on in the UK without financial incentives according to new research.

IHG sets 2017 water reduction target

Major hotel company, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has today announced that it will reduce water use per occupied room in water-stressed areas by 12% by 2017.

Water issues beginning to 'permeate the mainstream'

Water preservation and scarcity is "on the cusp" of being the next big sustainability issue, says Bloomberg's head of sustainability Lee Ballin.

Brown-Forman cuts water use but acknowledges need for faster progress

Spirits and wine corporation Brown-Forman has reduced its water consumption by 3.4% year-on-year, according to the company's latest sustainability report.

the WBCSD says a stronger knowledge of how to value water can have a significant impact on how companies manage their water use

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).

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).

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.

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".

Merck hits GHG emissions reduction target three years ahead of schedule

Global healthcare company Merck has announced that it reduced its direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 10.4% since 2009, surpassing its 10% reduction goal three years ahead of schedule.

Diamond sorting in DTC Botswana. De Beers' water and energy use increased in 2012

De Beers water use increases by almost 6% due to 'technical issues' at mines

Diamond company De Beers has announced that it used 42.9 million cubic metres (m3) of water in 2012, a 5.8% increase on 2011.

Escondida mining project in Chile: a new $3bn desalination plant will minimise Escondida's reliance on the region's aquifers

Mining giants invest $3bn to secure water supply in Chile

Major mining companies BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have agreed to invest $3bn (£1.95bn) in a desalination plant at their joint venture project, Escondida, in Chile.

Food and drink sector on track to meet 20% water reduction target

Food and drink manufacturers have collectively saved £2.2m by reducing their water consumption through a voluntary agreement led by WRAP.

General Electric targets water reuse as buffer against scarcity concerns

Water scarcity will be a key focus for General Electric (GE) in coming years as the company sets out a clear mandate for improving its water reuse strategy.

The Esso brand is used on stations owned by ExxonMobil.

ExxonMobil reduces freshwater consumption by 11%

Oil and gas giant ExxonMobil has reduced freshwater consumption throughout its operations to 2,083 million barrels, representing an 11% decrease from 2011.

Employee in the filling station of the Supply Center at Bergkamen, Germany.

Bayer cuts water use by 7% but progress on waste and CO2 stalls

German healthcare firm Bayer reduced its water consumption by 6.6% in 2012 compared to the previous year, partly due to the closure of one of its production sites in the US.

€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 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.

Floods in 2007 prompted a review of SuDs, which can be used to reduce the impact of development on flooding and the environment

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.

A full rollout of the technology is cuurently under review

Coca-Cola water recovery process has 100bn litre potential

A new water reuse approach being taken by the Coca-Cola Company could save as much as 100bn litres of water annually if implemented across its global bottling plants, says the company.

PepsiCo applauded for off-grid water ambition

Plans by PepsiCo to take its largest manufacturing factories off the water grid by 2018 have been singled out by a leading environmental think tank as an example of best practice.

Coca-Cola slashes water footprint by 13%

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has revealed it is continuing to make progress on its water, carbon and waste and packaging reductions.

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).

Work at Heathrow T2 will save 75 tonnes of water a day

BAA is set to recycle 75 tonnes of water a day when the newly developed terminal two opens at Heathrow Airport in 2014.

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.

Businesses urged to reduce water usage

Water flows have improved in the UK's rivers as a result of tighter rules on abstraction for businesses, water companies and agriculture, but there is still a way to go says the Environment Agency (EA).

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

ANALYSIS: British soft drink sector tackles water wastage

Reducing water use by 20% by 2020, compared with a 2007 baseline, in the production chain is the second key area flagged up in the British Soft Drinks Association's (BSDA) Sustainability Progress report.

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Ford aims to cut water usage by a third by 2015

Car manufacturing giant Ford has unveiled an "aggressive" new water strategy which aims to cut water usage per vehicle built by 30% in 2015, compared with a 2009 baseline.

British Water signs 'landmark' water agreement with Israel

Water industry trade association British Water and Israeli research and development (R&D) agency MATIMOP have signed a "landmark" water agreement.

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London 2012 Olympic Park to use recycled wastewater

A new £7m water recycling facility is set to turn Londoner's wastewater into non-drinkable water for flushing toilets and irrigating gardens at the London 2012 Olympic Park.

First Milk improves wastewater recycling

Dairy business First Milk has installed a new dissolved air floatation (DAF) treatment system at its Haverfordwest creamery, Pembrokeshire in a bid to improve its wastewater recycling process.

New energy saving measures trialled at eco-friendly B&Q store

A pilot environmentally friendly DIY store will showcase a host of new energy saving devices.

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.

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.

Innovation harnessed in Dutch water treatment

A utility in the Netherlands has taken an innovative approach to making treatment more effective and more sustainable at a number of its sites. Aqualia's Frank Rogalla finds out what has been achieved

Severn Trent Services wins contract to build largest denitrification system in China

Severn Trent Services (STS) has been awarded a contract to provide wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) Zhang Gui Zhuang (ZGZ) with a deep bed denitrification system in Tianjin, China.

Science Museum puts water scarcity in spotlight

A new exhibition dedicated to water conservation and its role in beating a global food crisis opens tomorrow at London's Science Museum.

'Mature discourse' needed regarding UK water recycling

The first in a series of three seminars to discuss local water recycling and attitudes in the UK was held earlier this week (13 September) at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IoME), London.

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.

Dairy recycles half of its wastewater

A Scottish dairy is now recycling half of its wastewater as part of an environmental drive across the business, it said today (31 August).

Professor Praveen Kumar (right) and graduate student Phong VV Le.

Water use overlooked in energy crop impact work

Water use has been ignored when the environmental impacts of bioenergy crops have been researched, according to new research.

Nestle scoops 2011 Stockholm Industry Water Award

Nestle has received the 2011 Stockholm Industry Water Award as recognition of its work to improve water management and performance in its operations.

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.

Stephen Drury of Coast, David Cliffe of  FWAG and Ian Wait of Branston

Water recycling plant helps potato packing firm cut water use by 85%

A £1M water recycling plant in the South West has enabled potato packer and distributor Branston to reduce its use of mains water by 85%.

Rainwater harvesting solves flooding problems

Wessex Water is using rainwater harvesting as part of its flood alleviation measures in Dorset.

Hong Kong firm interested in Northumbrian Water

Shares in Northumbrian Water rose by 8p this morning as a far eastern business announced its intentions to make a formal take over.

Can large-scale water recycling work in England?

Large-scale water recycling technology could provide a solution where there are water constraints in areas of new urban development. However, the English water industry would need to adopt a more flexible approach to its structure and standards first, says Bob Sargent.

The partnership falls under GE's Ecomagination, a strategy launched 10 years ago to solve energy and environmental challenges

General Electric and BHP Billiton team up to lower mining emissions

American conglomerate General Electric (GE) has today (2 November) teamed up with a leading mining company to identify ways to lower GHG emissions from mining operations.

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Thames Water: Olympic winner

Thames Water has been chosen as the London 2012 Water Utility Services Provider for the Games.

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).

Debt ridden American Water starts selling off assets

America's largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility company has today (January 24) announced plans to sell off its businesses in Arizona and New Mexico.

Food producer doubles its reuse capability

Water reuse is an increasingly attractive process for food manufacturers across the UK and worldwide. Geraint Catley and Steve Goodwin of Aquabio revisit an expanding site in Evesham to increase capacity

Northern Ireland utility watchdog appoints new CEO

The watchdog overseeing all of Northern Ireland's utility infrastructure has appointed a new chief executive.

Dublin announces water rationing measures

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

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.

Homes evacuated but Cornish floods due to subside

Floods which have torn through the south west of England are due to ease as rain levels drop towards the end of this week.

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.

Fears in Canada over shale gas drilling

A row has broken out in Canada over the water draining impact of a renewed interest in drilling for shale gas.

Hull barrier back in action after £10 million overhaul

Following an intensive refurbishment - the UK's second largest flood barrier is back in operation - and has already been pitted against the elements.

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.

Slurry leak farmer forced to pay £14,000

A British farmer has been ordered to pay over £14,000 in fines and costs, after being found guilty of severely polluting a stream in a protected area.

Human poo turned into power for first time

British homes are using renewable gas made from human poo for the first time this morning (October 5).

Urban drainage: a step change on the streets

How should we manage surface water and what does this mean for our traditional urban drainage systems? Christopher Digman, senior principal engineer at MWH, explores the options

Water complaints down but some firms still failing

Overall complaints about water companies are down but a number of firms have failed to tackle customer complaints.

Online views sought ahead of Water White Paper

People are being given the chance to have their say online ahead of the Water White Paper from today (September 9).

Water use threatens 21% of African freshwater species

At least 21% of freshwater species in continental Africa are threatened with extinction putting the livelihoods of millions of people at risk, according to the ICUN Red List of Threatened Species.

Thousands were moved to build the Three Gorges Dam.

330,000 Chinese make way for giant dam

A third of a million Chinese citizens must leave their homes to make way for a new waterway - in the biggest relocation scheme since China built the Three Gorges Dam.

Euro 540 million Irish eco-park could solve water needs

Plans for an eco-park could create 1000 construction jobs as well as supplying Dublin's and Midland counties' water needs.

Hosepipe bans loom for UK

United Utilities has become the first company in the UK this year to indicate it will need to apply for a hosepipe ban this summer.

UK's first desalination plant opens on Thames

The Duke of Edinburgh was on hand to unveil the plaque at the official opening of the UK's first desalination plant this week.

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.

Israel opens world's largest reverse-osmosis desalination plant

Israel's has unveiled what it claims is the world's largest reverse-osmosis desalination plant.

Population pressures could make water shortages a UK crisis

Although Britain is typically seen as a damp, rainy nation water shortages could be a very real environmental crisis as demand from a high population squeezed onto a small island puts pressure on this deceptively limited resource.

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

A case of clouded thinking?

Sustainable drainage systems could play a vital role in a range of water management uses. But the Flood & Water Management Bill going through Parliament is just not recognising their potential, says Bob Sargent.

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Celebrities climb Kilimanjaro to call for more clean water

A host of celebrities and environmental experts are climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to highlight a lack of clean drinking water.

California water use 'not sustainable'

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

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.

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.

EA warns over flooding costs

The financial cost of being flooded is 28 times worst than a burglary, says the Environment Agency in the wake of one of the worst storms this year.

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.

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).

The River Avon

Green light for controversial climafuel scheme

Controversial plans to test whether climafuel could replace coal have been given the green light by the Environment Agency.

Water must not become a reason for war

Making sure water does not become a reason for war is a main part of the agenda for Britain at Copenhagen, according to Hilary Benn MP.

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.

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