Compensation for Lancashire Water Con...

Lancashire Water
In the wake of Lancashire’s water contamination scare United Utilities has offered to pay compensation to over 300,000 households affected by the incident. Businesses that may have been affected financially by the contamination are also eligible for compensation. The bug was originally discovered at a water treatment works last Thursday [...]

Raw Sewage Pollution a Concern for Ri...

Raw Sewage Pollution a Concern for Rio Olympics
The International Olympic committee will order testing for viruses in waters intended for competitive use in the Rio de Janeiro games, according to a recent Guardian article. Bacteria is usually tested for in recreational waters and this was the intention for Olympic venues, but after an investigation that showed alarming levels of viruses li [...]

Water Quality Warnings down to ‘...

Whitesand Bay in Cornwall
The Environment Agency has issued mored than 30 water quality warnings following the weekend’s heavy rain. A surfing charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have warned that there will be more this summer, citing a “completely oversubscribed” sewage system. The charity are calling for more investment from water companies to pre [...]

Plans for World’s Deepest Pool

The University of Essex is currently in talks to build the world’s deepest swimming pool. At a proposed 50 metres in depth the pool would be used for spaceflight and human endurance testing. The new ‘space pool’ would be 38 metres deeper than NASA’s deep training pool in Houston but is still way off the deepest body of [...]

Governments Told to Act on Climate Ch...

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A coalition of the UK’s most eminent scientific, medical and engineering bodies have issued a joined communiqué which tells the world’s governments that immediate action must be taken to avert climate change. The message is not just environmental, their is also an economic incentive to taking action. The communiqué advises that de [...]

E.coli and Private Water Supplies

We in England and Wales benefit from water quality that is amongst the highest in the world with only 12 ‘serious’ contamination events in 2014. Standards for potable water are understandably very strict when it comes to our public water supply, however a recent report by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) suggests a very diffe [...]