Feature in Utility Week

A feature I wrote with Roger on the new Technology Strategy Board water security competition just came out in Friday’s Utility Week (20 April). It’s titled ‘Same old story’. Look out for it online (free) in a few days if you’re unable to get hold of the hardcopy magazine. (Update: It’s now available to read here.)

We’ve already had some positive feedback on our main points in the feature. In a nutshell we make the argument that the competition is very far from what’s actually needed to spur more innovation in the UK water sector. It has blurred aims, too many interests involved, a piecemeal approach to the projects it will fund, and a very small overall budget.

In the meantime, while we’ve been writing this feature, the UK news has been overloaded with drought and leakage stories. In a few days time we plan to do a round-up. Already though, we imagine the issues are going to quickly fade from the media’s attention – as they sadly always do with droughts and floods – and will have little lasting impact on the water sector…

Duncan Thomas

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