Unblocktober 2022: What did we learn going into 2023? 

Drainage and wastewater expert Lanes Group writes We are so pleased with the success of Unblocktober 2022, and the efforts that people made to change...

Tracing the flow of water with DNA

Environmental DNA analysis of microbial communities can help us understand how a particular region’s water cycle works. Basel hydrogeologist Oliver Schilling recently used this...

Norwegian utility claims to calculate true cost of sewer ingress

Inflow of stormwater and infiltration of groundwater into sewers is a constant operational challenge, but a water utility in Norway is gaining better understanding...

Comment: Building a cyber-resilient water future

A criminal cyber-attack on a UK water company in August 2022, which saw hackers gain access to customer banking details, led utilities to urgently...

Eating one freshwater fish equals a month of drinking ‘forever chemicals’ water, says US...

A new study appears to find that consumption of just a single serving of freshwater fish per year could be equal to a month...

Against the grain: What can be done about microplastics in soils and digestate?

Microplastics are everywhere: We know that much. But should we be worried? What can we do about it? Some of the speakers at Aqua Enviro's European Biosolids and Bioresources Conference, in late November, presented findings from a project aiming to understand the levels of this contaminant in compost and AD digestate. A change in the policy landscape seems imminent, as Envirotec found out.

Sponsored Content: Trials show new PFAS adsorbent outperforms current methods

Trials have been undertaken by two independent institutions, using a next generation PFAS adsorbent media developed by Puraffinity, the London based science materials company.

Ramping nature-based solutions in North London

A North London flood resilience project has unveiled a new identity and announced plans to use nature-based solutions to tackle flood risk around the Silk Stream - a 2.5-mile tributatory of the River Brent.

Tonic tightening

A water treatment solution to optimise the operational processes at a large-scale gin distillery has been supplied by Veolia Water Technologies. The solution successfully removed excessive levels of residual free chlorine from the feedwater to improve the efficiency of the water conditioning units and prevent damage to the water softeners.

State of the nation

EA chief executive Sir James Bevan set out his vision for Natural Flood Management (NFM) on 9 December. The approach must be a core part of the UK's defence against flooding and climate change, he said.

‘Game-changing’ water level sensor

Instrumentation firm OTT Hydromet has launched a new water level sensor, the OTT PLS 500, which combines robust reliability and accuracy with the advantages of smart sensor technology. Building on decades of experience, the redesigned PLS 500 retains key elements of the trusted, robust, and reliable OTT PLS, while enhancing the sensor to be intuitive and user friendly, says the company.

An accidental life: Serendipity and synthetic biology yield novel sensor

Combining synthetic biology with materials innovation, a bioelectronic sensor demonstrates the possibilities of using specially engineered bacteria to provide real-time sensing of chemical pollutants. Importantly, the microbes are encapsulated to avoid their release.

Safeguarding tech on trial

Digital technology company InfoTiles has won the opportunity to demonstrate its water management platform - which helps guard against I&I - with a municipality in western Switzerland.
Dale Croker

Systems steward: New leader at the British Pump Manufacturers Association

Continuing in his role as managing director of pumps manufacturer KSB UK, Dale Croker takes over the BPMA post following a two-year tenure as vice president.

Nonstationary models help better predict floods, says group

Researchers have identified a method they say can be used to predict flood frequency more reliably than currently used models by considering changing conditions,...

Swedish study attempts analysis of harm posed by antibiotic residues in water

Antibiotic residues in wastewater and wastewater treatment plants in the regions around China and India risk contributing to antibiotic resistance, and the drinking water...

Time to turn grey concrete into green space to stop London flooding?

Green Party London Assembly Member Zack Polanski has issued a statement lamenting inaction on the implementation of forward-looking drainage strategies in London. At a time...

Researchers propose new structures to harvest freshwater from ocean surface

An almost limitless supply of fresh water exists in the form of water vapour above Earth’s oceans, yet remains untapped, it seems. A new...

Sponsored Content: top tips for wastewater process optimisation

Amidst spiralling costs for energy, fuel, chemicals and just about everything else, there’s never been a better time to optimise your wastewater treatment process. Let’s take a journey through a typical site to identify areas where savings can be made.

Sponsored Content: Does TOC represent the future of wastewater analysis?

Measuring the organic content of wastewater is an essential process for assessing contamination levels, environmental trends and water purification methods. To deliver the required insights, however, labs must be able to rely on efficient, consistent and high-quality analytical methods.