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Providing a sustainable supply of clean water to the 1.1bn people who currently suffer from water deprivation will be the subject of 'Pump up the volume', an Appropriate Development Panel event, at the ICE on Wednesday. A series of short films from the Television Trust for the Environment will illustrate innovative water supply projects from countries as far apart as Greece and South Africa. Contact Ruth Dennett (020) 7665 2154.

Chris Hitch, engineering geologist at consultant Scott Wilson, has scooped the £300 top prize in the Yorkshire Association Geotechnics Group papers competition for young engineers with research titled 'Salter's Brook Bridge south west retaining wall stabilisation'.

London association is seeking entries for its Merit Award 2002, which rewards excellence in a construction project completed within the M25 in 2001. The award seeks to recognise innovation, physical achievement and sustainability, regardless of project size or cost. Last year Mile End Park beat the British Museum Great Court to the top prize. Closing date for entries is 5 April. Contact Tim Warren (01223) 339385.

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