Water & Wastewater Treatment

WWT August 2017

Water & Wastewater Treatment Magazine

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Ofwat has an- nounced the appointment of two new senior directors. Emma Kelso will join the regulator as Senior Director, Customers and Casework, while Lisa Commane (pictured) will take up the role of Senior Director, Busi- ness Improvement. Kelso joins from Ofgem, while Lisa Commane joins from Coventry City Council. Affinity Water has named Stuart Ledger as its new chief financial officer. He will also be appointed a director of the company, and is expected to take up his post by the end of December. Ledger joins the business from Thames Water, where he is chief financial officer of its retail business. He succeeds Dun- can Bates who is retiring. Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco UK has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of a head of water and asset management, Ola Holm- strom. He joins from WSP Group where he had been director and head of water for seven years. He has also previously worked at Hyder Consulting and RPS Group. The Talk: August ROUND UP PEOPLE MOVES 4 | AUGUST 2017 | WWT | www.wwtonline.co.uk Pollution caused by WASCs on the rise The number of pollution events caused by water and sewerage companies (WASCs) in England have risen for the first time since 2012. According to the latest Environmental Performance Assessment (EPA) report from the Environment Agency (EA), the total number of water quality incidents rose from the low point of 1,742 in 2015 to 1,902 last year. Five of the nine WASCs had an increase in total incidents between 2015 and 2016. The total number of serious incidents (categories 1 and 2) fell slightly last year to 57, from the 59 reported in 2015. However, the EA said it was "disappointed" that there were nine category 1 incidents (the most serious) compared to the four recorded in each of 2014 and 2015. Yorks Water to sell business retail arm Yorkshire Water has confirmed that it will sell off its business retail arm, Three Sixty, putting at risk around 100 jobs at its Bradford and Barnsley sites. Kelda Group said in a statement that it had decided to exit the new non- household retail market, which opened in April, and that colleagues working for Yorkshire Water Business Services and Three Sixty had been informed. Ofwat chairman calls for reform of Thames Water Ofwat chairman Jonson Cox has set out a challenging five-point plan for reform of Thames Water, following criticism of the company's finances and operational performance. Thames Water must make an urgent "step change in the way it operates and behaves," Cox wrote in a column for WWT's sister title Utility Week. In an unprecedented move by a sitting regulator, Cox called on Thames to make five commitments, including an immediate review of the board's composition and action on executive pay.

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