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A consultation on the proposal to abolish the Inland Waterways Advisory Council (IWAC) has been launched today by Defra

Morecambe Bay, the Glens of Antrim and the Lomond Hills are among spectacular UK landscapes earmarked for financial support today (August 2nd)

Customers could benefit from improved customer services, lower prices and saving water if the water services market in England was Wales was deregulated, according to new research from leading think tank Policy Exchange (July 26th)

 

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Millions of homes and businesses in rural parts of the UK could receive better value broadband services by the end of this year. This follows Ofcom’s decision to reduce significantly the prices that BT Wholesale can charge internet service providers (ISPs) in primarily rural, less densely populated areas (July 20th)

 

Leading UK humanitarian agencies are launching a joint appeal to help more than 10 million people in East Africa parts of which are suffering their worst drought in over half a century (July 8th)

 

Defra has today published its review of Ofwat, assessing whether the economic regulator for the water sector is fit for future challenges (July 6th)

 

Parts of the Anglian region are now officially in a state of drought, Defra and the Environment Agency announced today (June 10th)

 

Environment Agency officers are stepping up river monitoring activities to quickly identify impacts on fish and other wildlife as dry conditions continue across many parts of the country.

 

This Spring’s intense dry spell is a sign of things to come and water companies need to be prepared to avoid water shortages, Environment Minister Lord Henley warned today (May 20th)

 

Water bills will be cut for the most vulnerable households under plans announced by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman today(April 5th)

 

Plans to create one of Britain’s biggest charities to secure the future of more than 4,000 kilometres of canals and rivers in England and Wales have been set out today(March 30th)

 

 Many water customers in England and Wales may be surprised by the increases to bills announced today (25 February 2011) by water regulator, Ofwat, says watchdog the Consumer Council for Water

 

South West Water have joined Achilles' carbonReduction programme to help them address the critical issue of carbon emissions in the supply chainSouth West Water is now part of a collaborative community with seven other major utilities - Anglian Water, CE Electric, E-ON, National Grid, Northumbrian Water, Scottish and Southern Energy and United Utilities - which has adopted a common approach to engaging with suppliers to reduce carbon emissions.

 

The UK has secured an agreement to a complete review of the controversial cod recovery plan for 2011, including current days at sea restrictions, at the December Fisheries Council in Brussels ( Dec 16th )During the meeting the UK also successfully fought for a 12 per cent increase in North Sea cod quota to allow expansion of the successful catch quota trials. Both deals will support our ongoing fight to stop perfectly edible fish being thrown overboard.

 

 

The Scottish government is to publish a consultation document debating the future of water in a low carbon economy

 

Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water and sewerage sector, has reported that companies deliver good levels of service to most consumers, but six companies failed to meet their leakage targetsOfwat's 'Service and Delivery' report scrutinises how the companies performed in delivering services to customers in England and Wales in 2009-10. It showed that:

 

Farmers are getting involved in one of the largest studies of its kind to establish the best ways of halting water pollution from agricultureThey will develop an understanding of how pollutants move through river systems and will test up to 80 methods for reducing their impact. These include satellite technology (GPS) to ensure fertiliser is spread in the right places; better-designed farm yards to stop pollution draining into fields and rivers; and designing ditches and ponds to soak up substances.

 

The Consumer Council for Water revealed today (Tuesday 21 September) that complaints to water companies in England and Wales reduced by nearly 17 per cent last yearextending the trend of declining complaints to the industry, and bringing complaint numbers down by nearly a third in the last two years.

 

The CBI commented on Caroline Spelman’s first speech on the need for adaptation to the risks posed by climate change 

 

Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP – Speech: ‘Futureproofing the present – adapting to the reality of climate change’

 

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