Archive: Water

Thames Water workers help distribute bottled water in Hampstead, north London, after thousands of people were left without water.

Burst pipes: Why water privatisation failed

If privatisation was supposed to improve efficiency, it went badly wrong.

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  • Rivers are a much-prized resource and many form or cross national borders

    DfID pours cold water on 'river wars' warning

    The British government has sought to dampen down concern from conservation group WWF that "water wars" are a growing threat to global security.

  • Govt 'squandering wave technology'

    Govt 'squandering wave technology'

    The government has been accused of squandering Britain's embryonic wave energy system by failing to use to spend any of the £42 million budget it set aside for the technologies.

  • "Unprecedented" rainfall behind flood defence failure

    Minister defends flood response

    The environment secretary Hilary Benn has defended the government's response to the widespread flooding witnessed in large parts of the UK this weekend.

  • Govt to boost flood defence spending

    Benn boosts flood defence budget

    The government has designated a further £200 million to boost flood defences and improve risk management after the north of England was hit by flash floods.

  • Ofwat says Thames Water's leakage record is "unacceptable"

    Thames Water slammed over leaks

    Industry regulator Ofwat has condemned as "unacceptable" Thames Water's failure to meet its leakage targets for the second year running.

  • Government slammed for failing to consider water supply in house building plans

    Peers attack government housing plans

    The government's plans to build 200,000 more homes in the south east of England fail to properly take into account the strain it would put on water supplies, peers warn today.

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