It is an exciting time for the water industry in the UK. After a lull as the last spending round, AMP3, tailed off, huge spending programmes are now being launched all over the country.
In this water and drainage special, NCE speaks to water companies in England and Wales to find out how they are planning to procure work and how they aim to achieve their work programmes within the financial constraints set by regulator Ofwat. The challenges are clear: tight efficiency targets mean water companies are hungry for cost savings.
In Northern Ireland huge changes are afoot as the Water Service moves towards a commercial footing, introducing charges for domestic supply. New contractual relationships are being introduced as the province gears up for £2.7bn of investment, to be unleashed by the new charges.
NCE also looks at projects challenging water and drainage engineers: How they are resolving the problem of flooding on the London Underground caused by water mains leakage; how Derry wastewater treatment works are being brought into line with European Union environmental legislation through £15M of investment; and why engineers in Hong Kong are on the lookout for new pipe replacement technologies as they face up to the challenge of renewing 3,000km of water mains.