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Water leakage is down

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Water leakage for last year is down on 1997-98, according to latest figures from water industry regulator Ofwat. Southern Water delivered the lowest losses at 16.1% of distribution input. Highest was Thames at 31.1%. Water experts last week claimed better value for money could now be achieved by investing in reservoirs than by reducing leakage further.

The ICE is to merge its membership registry, human resources and professional development departments under the chairmanship of personnel manager Mike Bruton. Current director of professional development Richard Larcombe is leaving the ICE.

The British Constructional Steelwork Association has issued new guidance for the erection of steel framed buildings, taking into account the Construction (Design & Management) regulations and changes in the construction contracting market. Copies available from BCSA, priced £15. Tel (020) 7839 8566.

Congestion charging needs to be justified by benefits to business not its effects on public health, according to Imperial College professor Stephen Glaister, author of a report for the Department of Health on London air quality and its impact on health. Government figures show airborne pollution in UK cities has been declining steadily since measurement began in 1993. Greater health benefits could be achieved by targeting smoking and exercise, he said.

A study of waste produced in construction and demolition in England and Wales is being carried out by consultant Symonds for the Environment Agency. Three reports will cover operators of crushing plant used to produce aggregates from construction and demolition spoil; licensed landfills; and registered exempt sites for construction and demolition waste.

Scrapheap, the Mad Max-esque Channel 4 series in which two teams of engineers- cum-DIY fiends compete to produce machines from junk, is looking for new recruits. If you fancy an unorthodox challenge and can muster a team, contact Scrapheap on (020) 7313 6787.

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