Water & Waste roundup

Ofwat's draft determination suggests water bills are set to fall by around 5% in real terms in the next Amp period between 2015 and 2020. Investment of £43bn is included in the determination.

More than 1,400 properties between Camber and Lydd will benefit from a £30M scheme as work begins on the Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme in Kent. Team Van Oord is building a new1.7km rock revetment and tidal wave wall, increasing the amount of shingle along 700m of the beach, putting in eight new 54m groynes to stabilise the beach.  The works are scheduled for completion in December 2015 and will improve the flood protection to more than 1,300 homes and 100 businesses by increasing the standard of protection to the area from 1 in 20 years to 1 in 200 years. 

New research from University of Southampton says that Britain’s increased flooding events have been caused by increased building in vulnerable areas. They conclude that when population growth and building growth are taken into account there is no rise in the number of reported major floods events over the past 129 years. The study was published in Hydrological Sciences journal. Meanswhile, the Environment Agency said it had dredged 4km (8km of riverbank) of the Parrett and Tone in the Somerset levels, removing approximately 80,000 tonnes of silt and remains on programme to complete post winter flood work by the end of October.