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The View From Water UK
Water UK has released the results of its 2014 survey of investors, carried out by Indepen.
The View From Water UK
It is looking increasingly uncertain that any member state will achieve good status in all water bodies by 2015, and significant use of exemptions is ...
The View From Water UK
The Water Bill has completed its progress through Parliament and will soon become the Water Act. A government amendment was introduced in the House of...
The View From Water UK April 2014
The Water Bill is now in its final stages in the House of Lords and the Government has committed to presenting an enabling amendment to allow voluntar...
The View From Water UK - March 2014
The water sector has delivered major benefits to customers, society and the environment over the past 25 years. Our water supplies are even more relia...
The View From Water UK - February 2014
Water companies are set to complete a five-year investment programme worth £25 billion, while keeping rises in the average household water and sewerag...
The View From Water UK - January 2014
This month there have been two key developments on the path to establishing a competitive retail market for non-household water and sewerage customers...
The View From Water UK - December 2013
Water companies have listened to their hard-pressed customers over the last year and looked to ensure their bills for 2015-2020 will be as low as poss...
The View From Water UK - November 2013
The water sector understands the pressures that households are under and why the Secretary of State wrote to companies about this issue.
The View From Water UK - October 2013
Water UK now has its first independent chair, and two companies, Albion Water and Peel Water Networks Limited, have joined as members.
The View From Water UK - August 2013
Last month saw a significant step towards deciding the future of prices, investment and service levels for water and sewerage services, as Ofwat publi...
The View From Water UK - July 2013
The much anticipated Water Bill was introduced into the House of Commons by the UK Government last week.
The View From Water UK - June 2013
The 2012-13 results season is well underway, focusing attention on the need for sustainable financing for long-term investment in the water industry.
The View From Water UK - May 2013
Two recent publications, one on the future of the utility sector and one focused more specifically on the water sector, show the consequences of takin...
The View From Water UK - February 2013
Water UK's 13th City Conference in London on 28 February saw company executives, sector experts, government and financial analysts and more than 150 ...
The View From Water UK - January 2013
The Efra Select Committee has today published its report on the Draft Water Bill. This followed a thorough, in-depth inquiry during which we were ple...
The View From Water UK - December 2012
Ofwat has today issued a new consultation on changes to water company licences.
The View From Water UK - November 2012
The deadline for responses to Ofwat's second consultation on possible changes to water companies' licences closed on 23 November, and while the full...
The View From Water UK - October 2012
Following discussion with the industry, Ofwat has issued revised proposals to amend the charging provisions of companies' licences. These changes rep...
The View From Water UK - September 2012
The publication of the draft Water Bill in July has brought forward the proposals set out in last year’s Water White Paper to introduce market reform....
The View From Water UK - July 2012
The long-awaited Draft Water Bill was published on 10 July. Its content was much as anticipated by Water UK, largely mirroring the Water White Paper i...
The View From Water UK - June 2012
The combination in June of flash flooding and Temporary Usage Bans to manage drought underlines the challenges faced in delivering sustainable water r...
The View From Water UK - May 2012
With April showers giving way to a late May heatwave, seven water companies continue to have Temporary Use Bans (TUBs) in place.
The View From Water UK - April 2012
The rain over the past couple of weeks has helped to reduce demand and provide some relief to the land and our rivers, but the overall water resources...
The View From Water UK - March 2012
Parts of the country are now officially in severe drought. This is an environmental drought, affecting not only rivers and reservoirs but also ponds, ...
The View From Water UK - February 2012
The Water White Paper, currently being examined by the Efra Select Committee, is a useful high-level document addressing the future of the water indus...
The View From Water UK - January 2012
Water companies are investing a record £22 billion over 5 years in the future of water and sewerage services, boosting local economies throughout the ...
The View From Water UK - November 2011
Ofwat's consultation on Future Price Limits landed on our desks this week, with a thud worthy of its 300 plus pages.
The View From Water UK - October 2011
The water industry has taken a lead role in supporting the Get Ready For Winter initiative, co-ordinated by the Cabinet Office in England. Similar ini...
The View From Water UK - September 2011
As of 1 October, water and sewerage companies take over responsibility for more than 200,000 kilometres of private sewers in England and Wales. Water ...
The View From Water UK - July 2011
The focus of the latest Chief Inspector's report confirms the excellent quality of drinking water provided via the public water supply and further co...
The View From Water UK - June 2011
The regulations implementing the transfer of private sewers were approved by the House of Commons this month and Defra is expected to formally announc...
The View From Water UK - May 2011
Ofwat's consultation on involving customers in price-setting contains much to support but introduces unnecessary complexity and is not built on how c...
The View From Water UK - April 2011
Media stories suggesting the "inevitable" prospect of water shortages this summer do not reflect the true position, as reported by water companies.
The View From Water UK - March 2011
The word 'innovation' calls to mind gleaming metals and plastics in hi-tech production plants. But if you work in the water industry, innovation mi...
The View From Water UK - February 2011
There is a widespread sense of frustration within the industry that the timetable for the very long-standing project to transfer privately-owned sewer...
The View From Water UK - January 2011
David Gray’s presentation of the emerging thinking from the Defra Review of Ofwat and CCWater contained much that the industry can support and demonst...
The View From Water UK - November 2010
Defra's review presents a timely opportunity to assess the contribution of the regulatory regime to the industry's success and to establish arrangem...
The View From Water UK – October 2010
The remit of regulators, complexity of price regulation, and consumer participation will be at the heart of the water industry's response to the gove...
The View From Water UK - September 2010
"Finance for water industry investment can be secured for the long term by building on current success and providing the right balance between risk a...
The View From Water UK - August 2010
Defra has announced a review of Ofwat's role and remit as the water sector faces changing demands.
The View From Water UK - July 2010
The priority for government is saving money and Defra has provided its share of fuel for the bonfire of quangos. We wait to see if more cuts are in st...
The View From Water UK - June 2010
UK water companies have worked together to produce 'Meeting Future Challenges: a blueprint for policy action'. For the first time, the industry sets...
The View From Water UK - May 2010
In an ambitious manifesto, 'The coalition: our programme for government', ministers underline their commitment to pro-environment policies for a fiv...
The View From Water UK – April 2010
Cast your mind back to the days before the banks crashed and recall that the environment was a top political issue. Mr Cameron urged us to Vote Blue, ...
The View From Water UK – March 2010
Customers in England and Wales are very satisfied with their water and sewerage services, according to the latest tracking survey for the Consumer Cou...
The View From Water UK - February 2010
"There is a genuine question as to whether a system of economic regulation set up to extract maximum efficiencies at the time of privatisation is sti...
The View From Water UK - January 2010
Sustainable drainage and hosepipe bans were among the big issues discussed at the Committee Stage of the Flood and Water Management Bill, completed on...
The View From Water UK - December 2009
Barring an early general election that dramatically cuts short this parliament, prospects for the Flood and Water Management Bill are looking rosier.
The View From Water UK - November 2009
Ofwat issued its final water price limits for 2010 to 2015, moving on from unrealistic draft determinations but still arriving at flat bills in real t...
The View From Water UK - October 2009
The 2009 price review began with Ofwat's warmly welcomed innovation - requiring companies to produce 25-year Strategic Direction Statements ensuring ...
The View From Water UK – September 2009
Short-term decisions on prices could affect investment and service quality. Water UK responds to PR09 draft determinations.
The View From Water UK – August 2009
Water company share prices have fallen sharply since the publication of the draft determinations at the end of July, while the UK stock market as a wh...
The View From Water UK - July 2009
Water companies face many uncertainties in providing a sustainable service, not least recession and climate change. Everyone will agree that whatever ...
The View From Water UK - June 2009
The first report of Anna Walker's Review on charging and metering lays firm foundations for developing policy on some complex social, economic and en...
The View From Water UK – May 2009
A Water UK position paper on climate change mitigation covers measuring, reporting and managing greenhouse gas emissions.
The View From Water UK - April 2009
The Budget revealed the extent of Britain’s economic woes. Steady investment in water infrastructure is an undoubted bright spot amid the gloom.
The View From Water UK - March 2009
Spring is here, and the publication in April of water company final business plans for 2010-15 could herald the first signs of a new approach to impro...
The View From Water UK - February 2009
This is no time for bankers to hold back on relationships that have long proved their worth to water investors and customers, Water UK said yesterday.
The View From Water UK - January 2009
Water UK has responded to the call for evidence by the independent Walker Review of charging and metering. A wide-ranging submission looks at the crit...
The View From Water UK - December 2008
The government has published its long-awaited response to Sir Michael Pitt’s review of the 2007 floods. Among other measures, Hilary Benn MP has creat...
The View From Water UK - November 2008
Sustainability is at the heart of development in the water industry. Water UK works on behalf of the industry "towards a sustainable future". So kno...
The View From Water UK - October 2008
In responding to the innovation questions in the Cave Review call for evidence, Water UK has emphasised that consistent regulation is critical to the ...
The View From Water UK - September 2008
Investment in water and sewerage infrastructure in England and Wales has risen, with water companies on track to complete planned improvements as anti...
The View From Water UK - August 2008
On 11 August all water companies in England and Wales published their Draft Business Plans for water and sewerage services for 2010 to 2015.
The View From Water UK - July 2008
The Water UK Flooding Review Group, led by independent chairman Sir John Baker, has published its second and final report on the industry’s response t...
The View From Water UK - June 2008
The Chief Inspector of Drinking Water, Professor Jeni Colbourne, last week issued her reports on the quality of drinking water in England and Wales fo...
The View from Water UK - May 2008
Source 2008, the national water symposium held at Lancaster House in London on 29 May, was attended by Defra Secretary of State Hilary Benn and 200 re...
The View from Water UK - April 2008
Water companies in England and Wales are now publishing draft water resource management plans for public comment. The plans explain how companies will...
The View from Water UK - March 2008
Findings from the 2008 Investor Survey were presented at the Water UK City Conference last month and now the final report has been released.
The View from Water UK - February 2008
Future Water, the government's water strategy for England, raises many questions for customers and stakeholders at a time of growing uncertainty due ...
The View from Water UK – January 2008
Water UK has responded to the Ofwat consultation on the approach and methodology for price setting.
The View from Water UK - December 2007
In one of the key early stages of the 2009 water price review (PR09), water companies have published Strategic Direction Statements setting out their ...
The View from Water UK – November 2007
This week water companies in England and Wales began to release results for the first half of the 2007-08 financial year. The interim season coincides...
The View from Water UK - October 2007
The 2009 Price Review (PR09) is under way. Ofwat has published its consultation on how it will carry out its fifth review of water prices in England a...
The View from Water UK – September 2007
The water industry is in the front line against climate change. Its services are the foundations of normal life. Its raw material depends directly on ...
The View from Water UK - August 2007
Water UK is working with UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) and the Carbon Trust to design and implement an updated common accounting tool to be intro...
The View from Water UK - July 2007
In what is being billed as the worst episode of flooding in modern British history, water companies are joining forces to provide relief to those affe...
The View from Water UK - June 2007
Which uses of water should be allowed and which restricted when a hosepipe ban is in force? Water UK welcomes the Defra consultation on proposed chang...
The View from Water UK - May 2007
The water sector - policy-makers, regulators, water companies, product and service suppliers - is committed to sustainable development. It follows tha...
The View from Water UK - April 2007
Water companies in England and Wales are performing well according to the latest report on a group of water service suppliers in Europe, North America...
The View from Water UK - March 2007
Publication of the draft climate bill is welcome evidence that the government is taking action to mitigate the potential damage of catastrophic change...
The View from Water UK - February 2007
After a challenging few years since its formation, Scottish Water is being hailed for its performance. Yet its future is high on the election agenda.
The View from Water UK - January 2007
The World Cup is done, the Ashes turned to dust. In 2007 Big Sport must be content with less dramatic fare. Water would happily settle for similar, es...
The View from Water UK - December 2006
The announcement of a Climate Change Bill is welcome evidence that the government is acting to help business and the public take a fresh approach to s...
The View from Water UK - October 2006
Global warming means a rise in sea temperatures and more extreme weather events. Water is the natural resource most threatened by climate change.
The View from Water UK - September 2006
In the past year 'the environment' has emerged blinking into the spotlight and a frenzy of publicity. Last week water and the water industry were ev...
The View from Water UK - August 2006
Threats to water supplies in South East England have stabilised, but this could change if a hot, dry autumn brings a rise in demand from current subdu...
The View from Water UK - July 2006
The latest report from the Drinking Water Inspectorate shows that quality in England and Wales has again improved; 99.96% of tests in 2005-06 met UK a...
The View from Water UK - June 2006
In the past two weeks, water companies have been announcing preliminary financial results for 2005-06. This is the first year since the current price...
The View from Water UK - May 2006
Spring this year will be different in many southern parts following two very dry winters. Strange as it seems after so many years of consumption with...

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