Sniffer dog team get ruff and ready on leaky pipes

United Utilities is using two spaniels to pinpoint problems in its network

Environment Agency: Water pollution penalties must be tougher

The Environment Agency has called for tougher penalties to be introduced for those guilty of water pollution. Although the number of serious incidents has fallen by almost two-thirds since 2001, more than 300 damaging leaks still occurred across the UK in 2016. The organisation says agriculture is the sector most responsible for water pollution and […]

Yorkshire Water vows to plug water leaks

Yorkshire Water has announced a goal to slash water leakage by 40% before 2025. The commitment follows water regulator Ofwat’s call for companies to clamp down on wastage. The supplier plans to recruit 50 new frontline leakage inspectors, invest in new detection technology and use more in-depth data analytics. It says reducing leakage means less […]

Thames Water fined £8.5m for failing to stop leaks

Thames Water faces a maximum penalty of £8.55 million for failing to stop leaking pipes. Water regulator Ofwat said the failure to meet the leakage commitments is “unacceptable”. Leaks from Thames Water’s network rose by 5% in the last year. The missed leakage reduction target of 47 million litres per day – which represents 1.8% […]

Japan pledges 47bn yen for Fukushima cleanup

After vowing to take a more hands on approach to the clean up of Fukushima, the Japanese government has now pledged 47 billion yen (£0.3 bn) towards the effort. The move follows a long series of embarrassing admissions from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) – the operator of the wrecked nuclear plant. Over the weekend […]

Government to take ‘hands on approach’ to Fukushima clean up

The Japanese government has vowed to take “a more hands on approach” in dealing with the clean up of the Fukushima nuclear plant including the use of public funds. Conditions have been deteriorating at the plant, with the Toyko Electric Power Company (TEPCO) struggling to stop leaks from the growing stores of radioactive water used […]

Government to take 'hands on approach' to Fukushima clean up

The Japanese government has vowed to take “a more hands on approach” in dealing with the clean up of the Fukushima nuclear plant including the use of public funds. Conditions have been deteriorating at the plant, with the Toyko Electric Power Company (TEPCO) struggling to stop leaks from the growing stores of radioactive water used […]

Fukushima leak worse than authorities are letting on

Nuclear experts are suggesting the recent leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant is much worse than the Japanese authorities are letting on. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) recently admitted 300 tonnes of radioactive water had leaked from a storage tank into the surrounding soil. Responding to the leak on Wednesday, Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority […]

Oil industry pledges to halve leaks

The offshore oil and gas industry has renewed its pledge to halve the number of hydrocarbon releases – often a precursor to major leaks – by the beginning of 2013. This was the consensus at a seminar in Aberdeen yesterday run by trade body Oil & Gas UK and safety group Step Change in Safety, […]