Watershed Issues

Water is vital, it sustains life, and so the way in which we manage water will automatically divide opinion. But through constructive exchange, we can arrive at better solutions.

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Latest Articles

  • A good news story on plastics and water…?

    Beach strewn with plastic pollution

    There are a lot of negative stories out there on plastics – their overuse, their inherent unsustainability, their impact on the environment affecting water quality, posing a threat to both marine life and human health…

    And rightly so; it’s estimated that more than 8m tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans each year, and their ill-effects are undeniable. The UN has moved to make sanctions on the use of products in disposable and short-lifespan products, while the UK environment secretary has pledged to take action.

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  • 2017 in Review in the UK Water Industry

    2017 in UK water industry

    This year, we’re bookending the blog with a ‘year in preview’ and this ‘year in review’ post. Here’s a run-down on the biggest events for the UK water industry in 2017.

    Competition Increased in the water industry

    April of this year saw one of the market reforms set out in the Water Act 2014 come into play, as Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water sector in England and Wales, allowed companies in England and Wales to choose their water utility for the first time.

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  • Water issues in peri-urban areas

    Spitalgate Heath Garden Village

    Dr Vanessa Speight, Managing Director of TWENTY65, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, talks about the opportunities and challenges of water management in expanding cities.

    I have been attending the 2017 Peri-Urban Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, this week. Peri-urban is loosely defined as the areas outside of formal cities or urban areas, also sometimes referred to as the outskirts, hinterland, or interface between town and country. Although often considered a problem primarily for developing countries, the issues related to expansion of cities and how their water needs can be met are actually universal.

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  • One Problem, Two Cities

    Isle Group logo

    Piers Clark, Chairman of Isle Group, kindly shares an article with Watershed Issues…

    Over the years I have been to enough conferences to know that when an important government minister takes to the podium the audience is in for a fairly dull 20 minutes. No one is going to learn very much, although everyone will be respectful and clap at the end as the minister scuttles from the room with the feeble excuse of having another pressing engagement (while everyone actually knows their hasty departure is to avoid answering difficult questions). Somewhat depressingly, it is a universal truth that the more senior the minister, the less informed they will be, and the faster they will scuttle.

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  • Offsite Manufacturing – Can it solve the skills shortage?

    Neil O’Sullivan, Marketing Manager for Stanton Bonna Concrete Ltd., explores whether the construction industry needs to be braver in adopting offsite manufacturing methods to overcome skills shortages and improve whole life costing of its assets.

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