Environment Bill: New legal duties on water companies to tackle sewage discharges

During wet weather, storm overflows act to prevent sewers becoming overloaded with a combination of sewage and rain and release diluted wastewater into rivers

London’s lost rivers ‘could turn the tide towards low carbon heat’

A new report suggests underground waterways could be fed through heat pumps to warm buildings

Nigerian oil explosion kills 200 people

Around 200 people were killed in an oil explosion in southern Nigeria, reports confirmed today. The incident occurred in the southern Rivers state yesterday as people rushed to scoop up free leaking fuel where a gasoline tanker had overturned. Sampson Parker, Rivers State Commissioner for Health told a news outlet: “I will describe this as […]

Government needs “urgent action” to safeguard UK water

Urgent action is needed from Government to safeguard water quality and availability in the UK, according to a group of Lords, who warn Europe is not doing enough to protect itself against threats to water resources. The warning comes in a new report from the Lords’ Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment Committee published today. In the […]

Water White Paper makes a splash

What does the shake up mean for businesses and consumers? Other water stories: Charity calls for water metering Government “shied away” from mandatory water changes Big changes for water sector mustn’t dry up UK competitiveness Homeowners must not subsidise cheaper water bills for businesses

Water White Paper makes splash

The white paper, Water for Life, published this morning lays out plans to deregulate water markets, help customers negotiate better services and prices from suppliers, open up the sector for new entrants in the water market and encourage local organisations to get more involved in improving the water quality of rivers. Defra also wants water […]

Olympics green legacy: one year to go

A year from today the world’s gaze will be trained on the biggest sporting event on the planet, and as the countdown begins, the Olympics’ green legacy has been saluted by the Environment Agency. The head of the UK government agency that deals with rivers, flooding and pollution, said their work with the Olympic Delivery […]

Renewable focus on mills, reservoirs and rivers

A study is underway to assess the green electricity potential of old mills, reservoirs and rivers in Lancashire. The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is conducting research with local councils before urging farmers and landowners to consider investing in renewable energy systems such as small-scale hydro-electricity plants. A similar scheme in the […]