Category Archives: Water

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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The privatisation of Scottish Water’s capital programme

Scottish Water has delivered a massive capital programme to update our aging infrastructure. It spends just under £500m a year on infrastructure including pipes and treatment works, funded largely by the water charge payer with borrowing support from the Scottish Government. While Scottish Water is a public service there has been an incremental drift towards …

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World Water Day. Don’t take our public service for granted

Today is World Water Day. An opportunity to focus on this essential service that we take for granted, but many people worldwide still don’t have access to. We should also remember that there are still those waiting for an opportunity to privatise Scotland’s water. Most of us take clean water for granted, but a sixth …

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Water is a public service – not a commodity

Water is a public good, not a commodity. Today there will be a hearing in the European Parliament on the European Citizens Initiative – Right to Water. You can watch the debate live online. Nearly two million people signed this initiative across Europe. It invites the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to …

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Water, water everywhere

As December was the wettest in Scotland on record, we can probably do without more reminders of flood risks. However, SEPA have obliged with the publication of detailed maps to highlight the places where homes and businesses are most vulnerable to rising water levels and tidal surges. The maps can be searched by postcode and …

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Nearly 2 million people sign EU water petition

The EU petition, water is a human right, has now closed with 1,857,605 signatures. That’s nearly double the necessary number. Petitioners have now been submitting to the respective national authorities. The proposition is: “Water is a public good, not a commodity. We invite the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to water …

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Why we should worry about water quality

The Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland has published the annual report on the quality of drinking water in Scotland. It highlights some public health concerns across Scotland. Media reports have expressed some surprise that the overall quality of water in Scotland is worse than in England. I remember when Sam Galbraith was the water …

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Scottish Water annual report

Scottish Water has published its annual report. Lots of positive outcomes from the public service water and waste water organisation. The highlights include: Customer satisfaction at record levels, with the public corporation out–performing its Customer Satisfaction Delivery Plan target by 5 per cent, its best ever score. Highest ever drinking water quality, with 99.88% of …

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Reasons to be grateful for a public water service

The myth that water privatisation in England delivers a more efficient and effective water industry has been debunked in a report by the New Policy Institute. The report details: the current ownership pattern of the industry and how it has changed since privatisation in 1989; evidence on household bills, profits, dividends, investment levels, interest and …

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