Sponsored content: Lanes wins drainage contract in Derbyshire

Drainage engineers from Lanes Group plc are carrying out important annual maintenance work for a Derbyshire council to ensure public spaces can be used...

London borough installs gully sensors to build flood resilience

Redbridge Council has invested in nearly 100 gully sensors, which have been installed in flood prone parts of the borough to create a smart...
Flooding in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, in January 2016.

€21 million available for climate adaptation via new Horizon 2020 programme

The new Horizon Europe 2020 programme Pathways2Resilience (P2R) has launched a Call for Expressions of Interest, "marking a first step toward multiple open call...

Utilities commit to smart water installations to help avoid sewer spills

Water technology firm SDS has completed the installation of its latest smart rainwater management systems at homes in Forton, Lancashire, and Deal, Kent, as...

New wetlands in Wiltshire to recharge nearly 600 million litres of groundwater per year

In a tie-in with World Water Day in late March, employees from Amazon Web Services (AWS), The Rivers Trust and Action for the River...

Closing the adaptation gap

Climate adaptation is chronically underfunded in the UK, and is falling short of what the country needs to insulate it from impacts such as heatwaves and increased rainfall, according to a new report from the Government's advisory body, the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

Managing complexity

In a first for the English water sector, utilities are being asked to produce drainage & wastewater management plans (DWMPs) by Defra.

Hundreds of water sector research reports made available at UKWIR

UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) is providing free access to over 1,000 of its water sector research reports aimed at helping to improve water...

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...

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.

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.

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,...

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...

Unblocktober survey reveals discouraging drain habits persist

97% of British public ‘worried’ about environmental damage of drain habits that two thirds of the population still engage in A new survey of 1,758...

Super sewer progress

Recent aerial photography shows some of the changes being made to the banks of the Thames during the construction of London’s 25-km super-sewer, Tideway. Now said to be three-quarters complete – and on-schedule to finish in 2025 – the 2.5m-diameter tunnel will provide an extra 1.6 million m3 of storage in London’s sewers.

National drainage awards

The first National Drainage Awards will take place on 23 November at Charlton Athletic FC, as part of the National Drainage Show. Organised by The National Association of Drainage Contractors (NADC), the awards are “a long overdue recognition for the great job that so many contractors do day in and day out for their customers, often in emergency situations.”

Groundwater monitoring underpins management of the Great Fen

Securing a sustainable future for the Great Fen depends, in many respects, upon restoration derived from managing water levels. Wendy Strain from OTT...

Next UK prime minister must ban microplastics, says drainage group

The UK’s next prime minister should ban manufacturers from intentionally adding microplastics to consumer or professional use products, according to a new environmental campaign...

SPONSORED CONTENT: Water jetting safety and quality get a training boost

More hands-on refresher training and digital technology are among improvements being made to water jetting courses to help contractors enhance the quality and safety of services they deliver.