The UK Climate Projections 2018 study says that summer temperatures could be 5.4C hotter by 2070.
The chances of having a summer as warm as this year’s summer (2018) is currently 15-20%. That’s going to rise to 50%. In other words, as likely as not.
The warmer summers will also be much drier, with average summer rainfall dropping by 47%.Read more
Ofwat, the UK water regulator, is set to take a hard line with water companies this winter if bad weather strikes again.
A spokesperson for the regulator says it expects all companies to “show they have learned lessons and are prepared for whatever the weather brings”.Read more
Ari Mahairas is the special agent in charge of the Special Operations and the Cyber Division at the F.B.I.’s New York field office. Peter J. Beshar is the general counsel of the Marsh & McLennan Companies, and has testified frequently before the US Congress on cybersecurity.
The two have written an article in the New York Times pointing to the vulnerability of water companies to attack by cybercriminals.Read more
Water companies face many challenges. Increasing and urbanising population, more extreme weather events, ageing network infrastructure, an ageing workforce, and customers becoming more demanding. The problem is they don’t have more money to address these challenges.Read more
The water industry lacks customer focus and up-to-date IT systems.
So says Perry Noble, partner in investment manager Hermes Infrastructure, according to Utility Week in an article that opens with ““Sticky” workforce and limited “gene pool” in senior management causing talent problems for water”. Perry made the comments last year at the Water UK City conference.Read more