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News: British Waterways

British Waterways has launched a Government backed Public Private Partnership initiative, aimed at developing Britain's 3,200km of inland waterways as a means of supplying untreated and treated drinking water. A recent report by consultant Binnie Black & Veatch described a canal based 'water grid' as extremely economical, and capable of supplying water in significant quantities. Sources close to the water industry expressed scepticism, citing high costs and problems associated with blending water from different sources.

However consultants Mott McDonald and WS Atkins have both expressed interest in the project.

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