Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more


Water & drainage

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.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.