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Water is precious

If the majority of the earth is made of water, how can it be so precious?

By Sharna Smith | July 18, 2019
Water is everywhere, granted. We are surrounded by it. In fact, nearly three quarters of this earth is filled with it. We head out the door and it’s falling from the sky, we go for a run and we sweat… Read More

Would you risk your life for a quick dip?

By Bethan Stone | July 12, 2019
It’s a hot, sticky summer’s day. Even the shade isn’t cool enough and you start to feel a little faint, a bit dizzy – what you wouldn’t give just to cool off a bit. It feels like a long day… Read More

Why do water mains burst more during winter months?

By Rob Ellis | November 21, 2018
During winter months we see a lot more burst mains and leaks on our network. In the last five years we have spent £220 million renovating and replacing mains to reduce interruptions to supply. But we can’t replace the whole… Read More

What is a ‘rezone’?

By Rob Ellis | November 21, 2018
What do we mean by “rezoning”? When we get reports of customers with no water our first thought is “how do we get the water back on” rather than how do we fix the burst main. When there has been… Read More

How we fix a burst main

By Rob Ellis | November 21, 2018
So how do we fix a burst water main? We know how important water is to your daily life. It’s not just for drinking; it’s for cooking, cleaning, washing, flushing the toilet, and having water supplied to your home simply… Read More

Thoughts on why innovation is important to all of us

By Chris Thomas | October 31, 2018
What do swarms, memes, genes and waves have in common?… Look at this picture. What do you see? Imagery ©2018 Google, Map data ©2018 Google This isn’t a bizarre test of your psyche and you probably won’t know the answer… Read More

The Future isn’t real…

By Rob Ellis | October 26, 2018
…thoughts on an information based future. It’s the weekend, it’s blowing a gail, the temperature hasn’t been in double digits for a few weeks now and it’s definitely going to rain later. Time to hit the beach! Why would I… Read More

Failing fast is for failures… …let’s learn instead

By Chris Thomas | October 26, 2018
The Russians are good at thinking outside of the box. In the 1940s the Russian army trained an elite force of dogs to run under enemy tanks carrying explosives to target the weak underside of those tanks. However, when deployed… Read More

Dynamic District Meter Areas

By Rob Ellis | October 1, 2018
In the early 1990’s the concept of managing water supply networks through discrete network areas called District Meter Areas (DMA) became fashionable and was adopted across the industry. DMAs allowed water companies to manage leakage, and they’ve been very effective.… Read More
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Meaningful work

By Rob Ellis | August 24, 2018
I was listening to Adam Buxton interviewing Diane Morgan, not your usual place for work advice, and I don’t think they were planning on helping someone working in the utilities sector, but they did. When asked about how she writes,… Read More

The Hell-o-cheese-copter

By Chris Thomas | August 24, 2018
This is a blog about innovation in the water industry. This blog can relate to any industry in the world but I care about water. A multi-million pound industry, a public service, a regulated industry. So I start it with… Read More

Thou shall taketh away

By Chris Thomas | August 24, 2018
When people talk about innovation, they often talk of what’s new: what’s the new tech, the new gadget. And that it most certainly is; but when you look up what innovations means – not a great thing to be in… Read More

Living with less water

By Rob Ellis | April 27, 2018
So, over the past week, I have been living with less water than the average Brit. Why? Mainly because I don’t keep my mouth shut when silly ideas come to me, and I end up having to tell people how… Read More
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Rob’s top 5 tips for saving water

By Rob Ellis | April 27, 2018
I’ve spent my week living with the same amount of water as people from other countries. On some days, I had as little as 4 litres, and on other days, I had as much as 400 litres!! You can read… Read More

Water, economics – yawn…

By Iain McGuffog | March 12, 2018
Do the ambitious, the curious, the innovative and the creative come and work in the water industry?  It may be the perception that they don’t. And I can’t claim that I do a great job of getting my friends or… Read More

Reducing agricultural pollution – working together with local farmers

By Matthew Pitts | February 21, 2018
Our most important asset is raw water.  Good quality raw water makes it easier and cheaper for us to provide good quality drinking water to our customers. Back in 2007, Bristol Water had the perhaps dubious accolade of being the… Read More

Harbouring creative thinking – The Gilbert & George way

By Ben Newby | February 13, 2018
Giving people time and space to think is always a difficult ask in an increasingly busy world. But I think it is vital to a business performing well. We tend to want constant results, to be always delivering something. But… Read More

What to do when your pipes freeze

By Rob Ellis | December 7, 2017
If you do not have water Please check with your neighbours  to see if they have water. If they still do, it is likely that it is only your supply that is affected in some way and could be caused by… Read More