Richard Woodhead

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Environment Agency issue drought permits to United Utilities

6:21am 17th August 2018<p>The Environment Agency has announced that it has issued United Utilities with drought permits.<p>The permits allow the water …

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How Delhi's rising heat and a love of concrete caused a deadly water crisis

We never imagined someone would die over water … This has become normal Rohit, Wazirpur resident<p>When we started getting all these supplies from distant places or tube wells ... we forgot about our local resources Manu Bhatnagar, urban environmental planner<p>Our national water policy is a fine …

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Cities in the face of drought

More than five billion people could suffer water shortages by 2050, as a vicious combination of climate change, increased demand and wasteful inefficiencies plunge the world’s water supply under threat. <i>The Telegraph</i> investigates what can be done to prevent future crises.<p>8 AUGUST 2018 • 12:43 PM …

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New South Wales drought now affects entire state

<b>Australia's most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), is now entirely in drought, officials have confirmed.</b><p>A dry winter has intensified what has been called the worst drought in living memory in parts of eastern Australia.<p>NSW produces about a quarter of Australia's agricultural output. It was …

Australia

Water bills to soar as climate change takes hold

The water industry’s battle to drain costs while tightening the tap on widespread leakage could be dealt a major blow by climate change.<p>In the wake of recent scorching temperatures and water shortages, a report from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers has warned that increasingly frequent …

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Reality Check: Have water companies cut leaks by a third?

<b>The claim:</b> Leaks in England and Wales are down by a third.<p><b>Reality Check verdict:</b> Leakages in England and Wales fell 38% - so more than a third - from their peak in 1994-95 to the current level, with most of the reductions coming in the first six years. The UK is about average in Europe for the …

Northern Ireland

Thousands without water after pipe burst in Nottinghamshire

<b>Several thousand homes are without water in Nottinghamshire after a major pipe burst.</b><p>Large parts of the eastern side of the county are affected by the problem, which occurred in the village of Epperstone.<p>Severn Trent Water said it was one of its biggest mains, meaning people may have no supply or …

Water

Australia's Turnbull: 'Now we are the land of droughts'

<b>Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that the country has become a "land of drought" as he announced further measures to help stricken farmers.</b><p>The new package will provide an extra A$140m ($104m; £80m) in payments to farmers and for mental health support.<p>It brings the total amount …

Australia

Will We Innovate a Solution to Water Scarcity?

Ancient and emerging technologies promise sustainable answers to water shortages.<p>Mix rising urban populations with climate-changed cycles of precipitation and drought. Add infrastructure stuck in the mid 20th century, overpumped aquifiers, and wetlands filled with development. What do you get? …

Snorkeling

5-year drought raises questions over Israel's water strategy

KFAR YUVAL, Israel (AP) — For years, public service announcements warned Israelis to save water: Take shorter showers. Plant resilient gardens. Conserve. Then Israel invested heavily in desalination technology and professed to have solved the problem by tapping into the abundant waters of the …

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How to use water wisely | Alys Fowler

Big plants, lush growth, verdant lawns and heavy harvests are often a result of one thing: water. If you are wondering why your plants are half the size of your neighbours’, I can guarantee there is a hidden soaker hose or sprinkler somewhere. That or they have the time to water the garden as if it …

Gardening

China's water quality improves in first half of 2018: ministry

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's overall water quality improved in the first half of this year, with 70 percent of groundwater samples taken from around the country deemed fit for human use, up from 67.9 percent a year ago, the environment ministry said on Wednesday.<p>According to an analysis of samples …

China

UK water firm asks for more water from Lake District to fight drought

A water company has asked for permission to take more water from some of the Lake District’s most famous lakes, as the UK experiences its driest summer for decades.<p>United Utilities, which supplies water to north-west England, has submitted three drought applications to the Department for …

Lake District

Millions to face hosepipe ban in north-west England

<b>Millions of people will be affected by the first hosepipe ban of the summer in England.</b><p>United Utilities (UU) said a temporary ban affecting seven million people in the north-west of England from 5 August would "safeguard essential supplies".<p>It said reservoir levels were already low and hot weather …

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Cape Town has a new apartheid

By Ashley Dawson<p><i>Ashley Dawson is a climate activist and professor at the City University of New York. His latest book is “</i><i>Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change.”</i><p>A person can survive only about three to five days without access to water. What about a city? …

Cape Town

‘Nothing to worry about. The water is fine’: how Flint poisoned its people

When the people of Flint, Michigan, complained that their tap water smelled bad and made children sick, it took officials 18 months to accept there was a problem. By Anna Clark<p>On a hot day in the summer of 2014, in the Civic Park neighbourhood where Pastor R Sherman McCathern preached in Flint, …

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Reality Check: Do hosepipe bans work?

<b>The UK heatwave has led to much talk of whether there will be hosepipe bans, although so far only Northern Ireland Water has introduced one.</b><p>But do they work? The answer is that they probably do, although the reductions in water demand tend not to be huge.<p>There's been some research into the …

The Observer view on why we shouldn’t waste a drop of water when it’s so vital and valuable | Observer editorial

It’s hot. Very hot. And as ever in the UK when the sun comes out for more than a few, fleeting summer afternoons, there is talk of water shortages, rationing and hosepipe bans. It is a pity the millionaire bosses of privatised water companies do not spend more time lining leaking pipes and less …

4bn litres of water will be wasted this weekend as quarter of British people fill paddling pools

As heatwaves continue to scorch the nation, a quarter of UK households intend to find some relief from the heat by taking a dip in their paddling …

Thames Water chief tries to fix leak in public trust

<b>Thames Water's chief executive, Steve Robertson, will try to convince a group of hostile MPs on Tuesday that the company is sincere about its latest major repair programme - the one to its own reputation.</b><p>The company has become a regular target for regulators, customer service groups and politicians …

Water companies have damaged trust, regulator Ofwat says

<b>High levels of payments to bosses and investors by water companies have damaged customer trust, the regulator Ofwat has said.</b><p>It has published new rules that will force firms to explain how executive pay is linked to performance and to prioritise customers' interests.<p>Companies paying dividends above …

Commentary: Singapore’s water story underscores the value of preparedness

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s water supply has come under the spotlight this week, following comments from Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad that …

Water shortages warning on hottest day of the year

Some Midlands counties see supplies cut as a result of high demand, prompting the setting up of bottled water collection points.<p>Water companies are …

Bogotá Could Run Out of Water, Environmentalists Warn

Colombia’s capital depends on a unique ecosystem called páramos for its water supply. Environmental advocates warn that the páramos are now threatened by climate change and other factors.<p>Colombia’s capital Bogotá relies on a unique ecosystem called <i>páramos</i> for its water. The tropical plants and moss …

Why These Children Are Forced to Scale a 40-Foot Well

Video<p>A short video shows young girls in India climbing into dangerous, deep wells to retrieve worm-infested water.<p>Video<p>When Kajal Lodha and her fellow villagers want water, they have a long walk and a steep climb ahead of them.<p>The people in a village in Madhya Pradesh, India, have to walk several …

Water firms failed customers during 'Beast from the East'

<b>Some of the UK's biggest water companies did not support customers properly during this winter's Beast from the East snow chaos, causing "significant hardship", Ofwat has said.</b><p>The regulator said more than 200,000 customers were left without water for more than four hours and tens of thousands were …

India faces 'worst-ever' water crisis: report

Alarming study finds about 600 million Indians are facing high to extreme stress over clean water access.<p>India is facing its worst-ever water crisis, a new report by a government advisory body has warned.<p>About 600 million Indians are facing high to extreme stress over water, according to the …

Water and Money's $1 Trillion Relationship Crisis

At this rate, Cape Town won't be the last big city to almost run out of water. Population growth, urbanization, old infrastructure, pollution and …

Labour denies toning down water industry nationalisation plans

Labour has insisted it is not toning down its nationalisation plans despite claims from a water company chief that a mutualisation-style approach has been discussed with opposition leaders.<p>Labour has made forceful public statements on renationalising water – along with energy and rail – in recent …

Thames Water ordered to pay back £120m over leaks - or £15 per customer

Thames Water was today ordered to pay £120 million back to customers after being found to have breached its licence conditions by failing to properly …