The Last Drop

In 2019 “sustainability journalist” Tim Smedley wrote Clearing The Air.  It’s highly rated and was shortlisted for the Royal Society insight investment science book prize 2019.

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Stock picking

Water companies have been busy pandemic planning.  And their suppliers have no doubt been busy planning too, trying to work out the likely impact of the COVID-19 situation. There are several pointers now to water use being up overall in spite of commercial and industrial use being down.

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Scenes from a dry city

World Press Photo has awarded the top prize for online video to Scenes from a Dry City.  It’s a documentary set in and around Cape Town, South Africa about the water crisis and how the problem is worsening existing social inequalities.

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Lessons From Lockdown

Not a school curriculum for remote learning but two observations.

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Wave for water

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World Water Day

The UN News says that water resources are often overlooked, but are an essential part of the solution to climate change.

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Coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus is impacting most things. First the good news.

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It's alarming

The cost to instrument a network has fallen dramatically.  You can get a pressure/flow logger for less than £200, US$260, EUR230 at today’s exchange rates. But what’s not so easy is to make use of the information that’s derived from those devices. Today we want to highlight just one function: alarms.

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Regulators get tough

The UK’s regulator is seen as having been tough on UK water companies in its recent price determination. Headlines such as “It's about time Ofwat got tougher on 'game-playing' water companies” suggest that there isn’t much public sympathy. But Northumbrian Water, Anglian Water, Yorkshire Water and Bristol Water are all appealing.  Thames Water, who had been thought likely to appeal, accepted the determination because fighting it would be a “significant management distraction.”  And they lost a CEO candidate in the process.

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