Coca-Cola granted self-supply retail water licence

It is the fourth company in England to be granted a licence to supply its own water and wastewater services since the business retail market opened last year

Southern Water being investigated by Ofwat

Ofwat is investigating Southern Water’s performance of its wastewater treatment sites and reporting of compliance information. It will look into whether the water company has breached its statutory duties and licence obligations. Ofwat stated: “We will conclude the investigation as quickly as we can to establish whether or not there has been any contravention and […]

UK-Malaysia bioelectricity project wins Newton Prize

A project that generates sustainable electricity from effluent waste processing has been awarded with the Newton Prize worth £112,000. UK and Malaysian researchers from the University of Cambridge and University of Malaya successfully developed an integrated microbial fuel cell prototype using tropical algae from wastewater. The project is expected to help meet the demands for […]

EU approves €222m for low carbon projects

The European Commission has approved an investment package of €222 million (£195m) for low carbon projects. A total of 139 new projects in 20 Member States will share funding for environment and climate action. Projects include testing an Italian prototype that could cost-effectively convert petrol cars into hybrid vehicles, creating bio-based products from wastewater sludge […]

Yorkshire Water to invest £300m this financial year

Yorkshire Water is to invest more than £300 million this financial year to improve water and wastewater infrastructure. Projects include a £20 million project at Langsett water treatment works and a £24 million scheme at Rivelin water treatment works, which is expected to be completed in Autumn 2018. In Barnsley, £20 million has been allocated […]

UK had largest number of polluting facilities in EU in 2015

The UK had the largest number of facilities releasing air and water pollution in Europe in 2015. According to the European Environment Agency, the UK had 14 facilities, followed by Germany with 7 and France and Poland with 5 each. Its analysis is based on latest data available for 2015, covering 35,000 facilities across Europe, […]

Glasweigan sewer pipes: unlikely energy saviour?

The heat hidden in sewer waste water could be used to warm Glasgow through the winter. That’s according to a Scottish Renewables report released today, which suggests the “enormous scale” of energy in the water could heat the city for more than four months each year. Around 921 million litres of sewage are flushed down […]

Largest Scottish wastewater tunnel reaches halfway stage

Construction of the biggest wastewater tunnel in Scotland has reached the halfway stage. The £100 million Shieldhall Tunnel, being built by Scottish Water and 3.1 miles long, is expected to improve water quality in the River Clyde and tackle flooding. Last week, engineers installed a set of the giant concrete rings that form the tunnel […]

Australian bank sells final stake in Thames Water

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRS) has sold off its final stake in Britain’s biggest water supplier Thames Water. It follows the 11 years of the Australian bank’s investment, with the 26.3% interest now to be owned by Canadian pension fund Omers and Kuwait Investment Authority. The companies snapped up the stake in Kemble Water, […]

New deal to clean UK’s nuclear wastewater

Veolia’s nuclear solutions business will help clean wastewater at four nuclear sites in the UK. Its subsidiary, Kurion, will deliver the effluent treatment systems under a new contract with nuclear operator Magnox. It will design, build and install the Modular Active Effluent Treatment Plant (MAETP) systems at the Chapelcross, Hinkley Point A, Oldbury and Dungeness A sites. The technology […]