Category Archives: Water

Water leaks and the case for metering

We may not be short of water in Scotland, but that’s no excuse for losing more than a third of drinking water before it reaches the taps. According to the latest figures from Scottish Water, 500 million litres a day are lost. This is despite a six-year, £3.5bn upgrade programme that is due for completion …

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Public sector water ‘most trusted’ service in Scotland

Scotland’s public sector water industry rates the “most trusted” sector among Scottish consumers at 68%. In contrast, private sector energy is one of the “least trusted” at 36%. This is set out in a report by the consumer group Which? on consumer attitudes in Scotland. The report shows some interesting contrasts between the views of …

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Water treatment – beer drinkers beware!

Responsibility for the regulation of reservoirs in Scotland has now transferred from local authorities to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). The safety of all existing reservoirs more than 25,000m3 capacity will now be regulated by SEPA following the implementation of the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011. The aim of the transfer is to provide a …

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Why CETA has implications for Scottish Water

The CETA trade agreement could lock in water privatisation in England and have implications for Scottish Water. The Council of Canadians has warned that if the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) were ratified, it would pose a serious obstacle to the remunicipalisation of privatised water services in England. That's because the Ontario …

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Scotland’s public sector water contract privatised. Confused? You should be!

A £350m contract to provide water and wastewater to Scotland’s public sector has been awarded to a privatised utility firm in East Anglia. Confused? Scotland has a public water corporation, Scottish Water that is accountable to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament. Scottish Water is responsible for the provision of water and waste water services …

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Water is returning to public service delivery

Water privatisation is in retreat. Water and wastewater is returning to local authority ownership across the world. The Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), Multinational Observatory, Municipal Services Project (MSP) and European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) have released new research on the growing wave of cities worldwide that are taking previously privatised water …

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Public water contract – ultimate in market madness

Paying a privatised English water company to provide Scottish public water to Scotland’s public services has to be the ultimate in market madness. An article in yesterday’s SundayTimes reports that the Scottish Government is about to award a massive contract to provide water and waste water services for most of Scotland’s public bodies to Anglian …

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Scottish Water delivers again as a public service

Water charges in Scotland will increase by 1.6%, which is about £6 a year for the average household. This means the average Scottish Water household charge in 2015/16 will be £346. Scottish Water, a public corporation, not the ‘company’ it keeps describing itself as, said that since 2009 its charges have reduced by 10% relative …

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Remember the Hydro Boys

On Thursday this week, the Scottish Parliament will debate a motion from Annabelle Ewing MSP that remembers the contribution of the workers, many displaced persons from post-war Europe, who built our hydro power system. S4M-10672# Annabelle Ewing: Remembering the Contribution of Those who Built the Dams and Tunnels—That the Parliament notes plans by Scottish and Southern …

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Changing public attitudes to recycled water

In a wet Scottish August it may seem a little strange to discuss recycled water. However, severe water shortages in many parts of the world are driving the search for new ways of ensuring a clean water supply. The technologies to produce high quality water from wastewater are improving all the time. While this could …

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