New measures to safeguard water supply in England and Wales

The UK and Welsh Governments have introduced new measures to safeguard water supply and resources on both sides of the border. The protocol meets a key commitment made during the passage of the Wales Act 2017, paving the way to remove the Secretary of State powers to intervene on water policy. It ensures there is […]

EU supports water supply infrastructure in Bosnia

The EU and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are supporting the water infrastructure in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) with loans totalling €9.5 million (£7.9m). The cash will be used by the municipal public utility company JP Komunalno Čapljina to expand the water supply network in sub-urban areas and replace outdated water meters. […]

World Bank pledges $500m for water supply in rural India

The World Bank has signed a $500 million (£302.6m) agreement with the Government of India to improve piped water supply and sanitation services in four Indian states. The six-year project will support the design and implementation of the Indian Government’s Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) initiative in 33 districts in the states of Assam, […]

Kyrgyzstan gets €2m aid to improve wastewater services

A London-based bank is providing part of a €2 million (£1.6m) loan to help a city in the Kyrgyz Republic improve its wastewater facilities. The cash from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank and the EU will enable Talas, which has a population of over 45,000, to modernise its water […]

Indian President calls for efficient water use

The Indian President has called on his country to use water more efficiently with the three ‘R’s – reducing, recycling and reusing. Speaking at the second India Water Forum event in New Delhi, Pranab Mukherjee (pictured, right) said the nation has only 4% of water resources despite being home to 17% of the global population. […]

South West Water profits rise by £150million, gives poor discounts

South West Water is giving discounts to 10,000 of its lowest income customers, the supplier said yesterday as it announced a multi-million pound rise in profits. It’s part of an extra investment programme which is also meant to protect bathing water quality at tourist beaches and maintain nearly six million metres of sewers. The firm […]

UK utilities ‘more worried’ about running out of water

Water utilities in the UK are more worried about water demand outstripping supply than firms worldwide, according to new statistics, while three-quarters of them believe the prices need to change to press people to save water. More than a third (38%) of firms in the UK rate the prospect of more water being needed than […]