Water & Wastewater Treatment

WWT June 2018

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Richard Price, who left Southern Water earlier this year after 24 years with the company, is now consulting for Bristol Water as strategic projects director as well as working as executive director at Richard Price Consulting Ltd, providing consultancy services across multi-billion-pound infrastructure. Water Resources in the South East (WRSE) has appointed former Affinity Water chief executive Simon Cocks as its first independent chair. The group, which brings together the six water companies that supply London and the South East, is pursuing a joined-up approach to addressing drought risk in the region. The Talk: June ROUND UP PEOPLE MOVES 4 | JUNE 2018 | WWT | www.wwtonline.co.uk Two tunnellers helped Scottish Water progress a major new sewer beneath Edinburgh by hand-digging 90 tonnes of debris. The 20-metre stretch was hand- tunnelled to avoid damaging a complex web of utility infrastructure such as electricity, gas, telephone lines and broadband. MPs hold inquiry into regulation of water industry The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the regulation of the water industry. It will consider how well the water industry serves consumers and the environment, how innovation can be encouraged and whether the current regulatory enforcement mechanisms are fit for purpose in their aim of encouraging responsible behaviour. It will also assess whether the industry is adequately increasing water supplies and reducing water demand and will consider if regulatory divergence post-Brexit could deliver any benefits for the environment. Innovation could reduce consumption by two-thirds - Ofwat A concerted effort on demand management combined with new technology and innovations could reduce average water consumption per head by two-thirds over the next 50 years, according to an Ofwat report. It shows we use about 140 litres of water per person per day in England and Wales on average, up from 85 litres in the 1960s. The report says tackling household leaks and using innovative technologies could help to decrease water usage by two-thirds over the next half-century. 'Magic potion' helps Severn Trent to tackle fatbergs Severn Trent is seeing promising results from trials of a 'magic potion' to tackle the build-up of fat, oil and grease in the sewer network. The company is not identifying the product in question at this stage but said it had been used to clean oil spills in the ocean and works to break down fat to help prevent the formation of fatbergs. "In some instances the 'magic potion' has 'eaten' a channel through the fat, helping the sewers to flow freely again," Severn Trent's Celia Jackson said. HELPING HANDS Street Works UK has announced the appointment of Clive Bairsto CBE as its new chief executive. He replaces Bob Gallienne, who has retired a er nearly five years at the helm of the organisation which represents the interests of utilities and contractors who conduct street works. Bairsto had most recently worked at National Grid.

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