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i2O makes data ingress easier for clients

Thanks to its advanced data ingress capabilities, iNet unifies the format of data obtained by any data logging systems used by water companies. 

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i2O is on top of the world

This week i2O installed loggers in La Paz, Bolivia.  At 3,640m above sea level it is the highest altitude city in the world.  And that’s not the only extreme environment that i2O’s equipment works in.

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i2O passes quality audits with flying colours

i2O is pleased to announce that it has passed its quality assurance audits with flying colours.  i2O has quality, environment and security ISO accreditations 14001, 9001 and 27001.

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Smoke gets in your eyes

In most foreigners’ minds, England is a place where it rains quite a lot.

But Sir James Bevan, CEO of the Environment Agency has warned that England could run short of water within 25 years. His language was dramatic. England faces an "existential threat", and in around 20 to 25 years, England will reach the "jaws of death” - the point at which we will not have enough water to supply our needs.

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Lessons from the sewers

In 1775, London watchmaker Alexander Cumming patented the S-bend. It was a beautifully simple solution to containing sewer smells in the sewer.

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The politics of water

Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico is the title of a new book by Veronica Herrera, assistant professor of political science at the University of Connecticut. At $75 it’s not cheap; it’s not exactly a thriller; and 8 cities in Mexico may not be a large enough sample size. But the book considers an interesting question: the impact of electoral cycles on improvements in public services.  Veronica finds that:

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The Water Court of Valencia

Eight men in black robes meet every Thursday at noon sitting in a circle on chairs in the street outside a cathedral. They are the Water Court of Valencia. According to the Times of India the Court has been in existence for 1,000 years. It’s an elected body who resolve irrigation conflicts in an agricultural area of Spain. Not perhaps a very modern model for regulation of scarce resources, but a democratic one at least.

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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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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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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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