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Water water everywhere, nor any drop to drink

This is a picture of Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The picture is an image from NASA generated from a Landsat satellite image and elevation data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). The city centre is located at Table Bay (at the lower left), adjacent to Table Mountain, bounded by the sea on two sides.

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The playbook for best practice outage management

In a recent event experienced by Anglian Water in the UK in March 2017, a tweet was picked up by local media outlet LincolnshireLive from resident Phil Scrafton who tweeted at Anglian Water: "No water for 20hrs, 1 week old baby needs feed, multiple calls to you yet still no bottled water. Why aren't you looking?" The rather ponderous headline read: “Tesco out of water as hundreds STILL have no supply after 20 hours (including family with newborn)”.

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Drought and about

California’s drought may be over for now but they’re heading into summer and California’s rain levels vary more than anywhere else in the United States. By 40 to 50% in either direction compared with eastern states which fluctuate by only 10%. So the outlook isn’t rosy.

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i2O prices down, water tariffs up

While i2O is busy reducing its prices, some water utilities are putting prices up. That’s not always going down well.

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More extreme weather events

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that February 2017, December 2016 – February 2017, and 2017 year-to-date are the 2nd warmest in the 1880-2017 records.  The previous year stays in 1st place.

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Chile

Our new man in Latin America, Patricio Orozco, has just spent a week in Chile meeting our existing clients and introducing some new ones to i2O’s solutions.

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News OfWat’s going on

Every 5 years, the UK water regulator Ofwat does a price review which sets limits on charging and sets expectations about what customers get for those prices. The next price review will be in 2019, known as “PR19”. The timetable includes a final methodology statement from Ofwat by the end of 2017, and UK water companies submitting their business plans by September 2018 for review by Ofwat, so the industry is already gearing up for the process.

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It's time to visit Colombia

Your preconceptions about Colombia could be 20 years out of date. Now is the time to visit before the country is inundated by tourists.  i2O has a number of clients in the country and is hoping to bring the benefits that those clients have achieved to other cities. Our CEO and Latin America sales team spent last week visiting the country.

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Sydney sweats it out

As the UK enjoys another week of freezing winter temperatures, Sydney Australia enjoys (or suffers) a heatwave.  news.com.au called it a “summer of sweat”.  Sydney has just experienced the hottest January on record with temperatures above 40C.

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Water: spiralling cost or drop in the ocean?

Water UK reports that the average household water and sewerage bill in England and Wales for 2016-17 will be £389 - an increase of £2 (less than 1%) compared with the previous year.  Despite this small increase, water and sewerage companies will deliver a 5% average drop in real terms in prices between 2015 and 2020.

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