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Use ECI to meet Ofwat targets, water firms told

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WATER COMPANIES will miss their efficency targets unless they use early contractor involvement to maximise cost savings, a leading contractor said last week.

'Early involvement in the supply chain is crucial if the industry is going to deliver smarter, ' MJ Gleeson contracts manager Richard Green told an NCE seminar at last week's IWEX exhibition.

ater companies must improve effi ciency by 3% under targets set by regulator Ofwat.

'There has to be a continuous cycle of improvement. That means getting organisations involved as soon as possible and considering logistics from the outset, ' said Green.

'If the industry wants to start doing things differently it has to harness the expertise of the supply chain, ' he said.

Water company engineers agreed that closer links with suppliers were needed.

'The key challenge is to create an innovation culture and move away from the ivory tower approach where a central team imposes solutions on operation and maintenance teams, ' said Anglian Water head of research and development Steve Kaye.

Creating this culture requires more focus on individuals, said Thames Water head of waste water Patrick Smith. 'People drive innovation by challenging the norm. As an industry we are not helping people enough to implement their ideas, ' he said.

INFOPLUS See the seminar presentations on www. nceplus. co. uk

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