Saturday, June 25, 2022

Wetland programme intended to protect rivers and chalk streams in East England

Proposals to create 26 new treatment wetlands across the East of England are part of a new wetland programme from Anglian Water, which the...

Tool to help understand the environmental effects of human medicines in Scotland

A new data visualisation tool aims to help researchers better understand the effects medicines have on Scotland’s environment. It has been launched by the...

Disinfection added to treatment works on river Wharfe

Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection measures have been added to Yorkshire Water’s treatment works at Draughton and Beamsley to help improve water quality at the designated...

Wildfires can contaminate drinking water, reveals study

Following a devastating wildfire in 2018 that raged through Paradise, California, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were found to be contaminating the town’s water—and scientists...

Report is most comprehensive to date on challenges and solutions to the phosphorus crisis

Skyrocketing fertilizer prices in recent months highlight importance of challenges outlined in new report Phosphorus is an essential but often overlooked resource, which is...

Q&A: Delivering holistic solutions to solve water challenges

To tie-in with BlueTech Forum 2022, Kamakshi Sharma, director of marketing and strategy for water technology company Aquatech International, shares her views on data-driven...

Microbes can degrade the toughest PFAS, says new study

Under anaerobic conditions, common microbial communities can break the ultra-strong carbon-fluorine bond Engineers at the University of California (Riverside) are the first to report...

“Unconventional water sources” offer a lifeline for the future, say experts

UN water experts say it is time to increase the tapping of Earth’s diverse and abundant unconventional water sources – the millions of cubic...

Water sector must prioritise supply chain resilience

The importance of supply chain resilience in the water sector was the overarching message from Baroness Brown, speaking at a British Water reception held...

Pumps conference grapples with EU decarbonisation challenge

Trade organisations CEIR, Pneurop and Europump recently held a Joint conference to consider the EU’s roadmap for industrial support. Under the working title of...

Bugs, good and bad

A new study seems to show that chlorinated water supplies don't disturb healthy gut microbiomes in young children, addressing concerns that such effects could lead to longer-term susceptibility to chronic disease.

Anyone for nuclear-powered floating desalination plants?

Land-based desalination plants are a familiar fixture in many regions of the world but their cost and reliance on fossil fuels remain a bugbear. A new report explores the possibilities presented by a novel alternative.

‘Fantasy league’ reveals future of water innovation

Event organiser BlueTech Research has announced the first "innovation showcase" companies who will appear at the BlueTech Forum event in Vancouver, Canada, on 7-8...

Planetary boundaries update: freshwater at stake

The freshwater change planetary boundary has been transgressed, according to a new international study. Green water is the water cycle available to plants, including...

Q&A: Connecting water technology and its potential impact

With water undergoing a transformation, industrial end-users are increasingly embedding sustainable solutions within their operations. Snehal Desai, chief growth and sustainability officer at Evoqua...

Port Meadow becomes UK’s second river site to gain bathing status

A stretch of the River Thames at Port Meadow, Oxford, has been designated as an official river bathing location after a nearly two-year long...

Report flags “overlooked” potential of groundwater

Groundwater accounts for 99% of all liquid freshwater on Earth. However, this natural resource is often poorly understood and consequently undervalued, mismanaged and even...

Government sets out new targets on air quality, water pollution, waste and woodland cover

The UK government announced new environmental targets in four key areas of air quality, water, waste reduction and woodland cover on 16 March....

Scottish utility completes reservoir car-removal operation

A delicate operation to remove nine ageing car wrecks which had been dumped in a Paisley reservoir has been hailed a success by utility...
firefighting foam

Proposal to ban ‘forever chemicals’ in firefighting foams in the EU

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) says it is bringing forward a proposal for an EU-wide restriction on all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in...