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Burst pipe blamed for water cut
More than 400 homes in part of Wiltshire were without water this weekend after a main burst.
Source: bbc, Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 15:26
One of Birmingham’s most famous sculptures has sprung a leak.
The much-loved sculpture of a woman reclining in a water fountain outside Birmingham Council House, nicknamed the Floozie in the Jacuzzi, is losing gallons of water a day.
Source: bpost, Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 15:26 15:23
Calculating The Cost Of A Drip
Every time I go to the bathroom here at work, I’m annoyed by a dripping faucet in the men’s room.
Source: waterworld, Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 15:23 12:54
Water use a 'threat' to UK food production, warn scientists
The amount of water used to produce food is the biggest threat to Britain's food chain, according to a leading scientist.
Source: farmersw, Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 12:54 17:54
Want cheaper water? What about a borehole?
Everyone knows of a farm with a borehole. Some are recent additions, while others have been around as long as anyone working on the farm can remember. But all are useful, if not essential to the farm.
Source: farmersw, Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 17:54 17:53
Children ill after chlorine leak
About 40 people, mainly children, have been affected by a suspected chlorine leak at a Black Country swimming pool.
Source: bbc, Wednesday, April 08, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 17:53 16:17
MP takes up case of residents with water leaks
A SOUTH Yorkshire MP has asked Yorkshire Water to be more flexible in dealing with a leak affecting the homes of two elderly women and two of their neighbours.
Source: esg, Friday, April 03, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 16:17 12:25
Brassed off by water leak
Copper thieves who stripped piping from an empty Tilehurst council house flooded the neighbouring home of a single mother.
Source: esg, Friday, April 03, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 12:25 12:23
Q&A: Water meters and you
As the Environment Agency calls for water meters in virtually all homes in England and Wales, we look at some of the issues for consumers.
Source: bbc, Friday, April 03, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 12:23 12:22
Teleprocessing through GSM and broadband
Conventional methods of leak detection rely primarily on the expertise of operators to identify leaks within the system based on pressure losses at various locations.
Source: ecomp, Friday, April 03, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 12:22 12:21
Water Leak Problem
ennifer and Jim kept getting huge water bills. They knew beyond a doubt that the bills weren't representative of their actual usage, and no matter how they tried to conserve, the high bills continued.
Source: esg, Friday, April 03, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 12:21 12:17
Water meter for every home?
(West Country) EVERY home and business in the region could have a water meter installed as part of plans to cut usage in the Westcountry.
Source: wmn, Thursday, April 02, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 12:17 12:32
We could have been blown up!
DESPERATE thieves nearly caused a major explosion after they cut into the gas supply pipe to a rundown block of flats.
Source: esg, Thursday, April 02, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 12:32 12:30
Household repairs 'unaffordable'
Around 14% of people who had experienced problems ranging from a burst pipe to a broken boiler, had to take on debt to pay for the problem to be fixed, according to property repair group HomeServe.
Source: pa, Thursday, April 02, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 12:30 12:26
Repair now, pay later
Homeowners facing common home emergencies have been forced to borrow money in order to fix problems with their properties, according to a new report by HomeServe...
Source: esg, Thursday, April 02, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 12:26 12:25
Plumber fined for boiler scam
An unqualified plumber who illegally fitted a faulty gas boiler has been ordered to pay more than £1,100 by magistrates.
Source: watford, Monday, March 30, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 12:25 14:43
Tony the plumber, Nile cruise, jokes
He recalled one occasion when his crew got a job to fit a bathroom radiator at 19 St Anne’s Drive. The owners would be out and the key was under the mat.
Source: huddersfld, Monday, March 30, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 14:43 14:33
Call to fit water meters in homes
Water meters should be installed in virtually every home to reduce use and prevent shortages brought on by climate change and a rising population, the Environment Agency has urged.
Source: pressassoc, Monday, March 30, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 14:33 14:25
Water use reaches monstrous proportions
There's been a lot of talk about carbon footprints lately. Another kind of footprint is water, a crucial issue, especially for those of us in the West
Source: lasvegas, Thursday, March 26, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 14:25 11:12
Water waste 'incomprehensible'
Every aspect of our lives depends on it, yet Canadians are among the biggest wasters of water in the world.
Source: calgary, Thursday, March 26, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 11:12 11:11
Urgent drains probe wanted
WATER bosses have been told to look into Morpeth drainage problems as a matter of urgency.
Source: morpeth, Thursday, March 26, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 11:11 09:12
Urban growth poses dangers to groundwater drainage
(From the USA) What you're doing on your property will affect your neighbor," he said. That's why he works to establish "best-management practices" that will protect ground water.
Source: esg, Thursday, March 26, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 09:12 09:11
United Utilities sees full year meeting hopes
Utilities (UU.L) expects full-year results to meet its expectations and has a robust financing position, the water group said on Thursday.
Source: reuters, Thursday, March 26, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 09:11 09:09
Contractor Fined after Smashing Up Pig Pens
A contractor from the UK has received a fine after smashing up pig pens and dumping up to seventy tons of potentially deadly asbestos in the ground.
Source: blog, Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 09:09 18:18
East of England 'to have construction safety visits'
Among the concerns to be addressed will be good order on site to prevent slips, trips and falls, safety of those working at height and the management of asbestos removal.
Source: safety, Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 18:18 18:17
New EU environmental liability directive to come into force
the new legislation would plug a gap between the contaminated land regime and rules governing damage to biodiversity
Source: bgreen, Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 18:17 18:14
Killer asbestos found at Commonwealth Games site
The two venues are expected to play a major role in Scotland's sporting future. Last night, residents in the area surrounding the contaminated land were stunned when the Record told them about the poisoning.
Source: record, Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 18:14 18:11
Residents Of California Town Oppose Construction On Asbestos-Contaminated Land
Residents of Eldorado Hills, California are opposing a proposal for a tract of housing to be built in an area that is close to land contaminated with a highly toxic form of asbestos.
Source: maacenter, Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 18:11 18:08
Heating firm fined £8000 as staff exposed to asbestos
Mrs More said that in 2006 1,000 heating workers died as a result of asbestos – a quarter of all asbestos related deaths. She added: "It is the most serious occupational health issue in the United Kingdom."
Source: eveningnews, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 18:08 14:25
2008: a bad year for occupational health
Occupational health has been a real rollercoaster ride with Dame Carol Black's report promising us everything and giving us nothing.
Source: pt, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 14:25 14:22
In pictures: The victims of asbestos
He would cut up sheets of asbestos cement, wearing no protective clothing at all, and by the end of his shift the white dust would be so thick on him he looked like a snowman.
Source: scotland, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 14:22 14:08
London Olympics site urged to tackle pollution
Such a move would be in line with the London mayor’s best practice guidance on controlling dust and emissions from construction and demolition.
Source: regen, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 14:08 14:05
Flood fears over bid to extract gravel at Egham
The land will then be returned to agricultural land, wildflower grassland and wet woodland and will involve areas of native tree and hedgerow planting.
Source: staines, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 14:05 12:04
Working Toward Guidelines for a Truly Green Garden
The landscape initiative has been developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, part of the University of Texas at Austin
Source: washpost, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 12:04 12:01
A dry December for many parts of the state
eventy-one percent of topsoil and 61 percent of subsoil moisture was rated in short to very short condition.
Source: hpjrnl, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 12:01 11:25
Compaction may reduce the amount of water held in lower topsoil
They found that although the top few inches of soil had been saturated by winter rain, the lower topsoil and the clay subsoil was relatively dry, due to soil compaction at varying depths, restricting vertical drainage.
Source: yorkpost, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 11:25 11:24
Recycled green waste compost proves a success
The trial involved mixing a total of 2,300 tonnes of the special compost in with the topsoil left in an area of the Dunbar Works quarry after materials had been extracted.
Source: eveningnews, Monday, February 09, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 11:24 15:32
Aberdare's gateway for tourists
During the works, by contractors Walters (UK) Ltd, 16,500 tonnes of topsoil and boulder clay is being moved to create the new camp site and caravan site extension
Source: wales, Monday, February 09, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 15:32 15:31
UK gardens hope for a flourishing year
So new or restored gardens in historic places seem to do well but greenfield sites present a mixed picture.
Source: hortweek, Monday, February 09, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 15:31 14:20
The tide is turning
The development framework for Leith Docks outlines the planned creation of nine waterfront areas or villages, on 144ha of brownfield land, over the next 30 years.
Source: regen, Monday, February 09, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 14:20 14:00
Protect green spaces, says MP
Thousands of new homes each year that ministers claim are going up on brownfield sites are actually being built in back gardens.
Source: oxfordm, Monday, February 09, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 14:00 13:58
Brownfield use increases
The proportion of homes built on previously developed land increased in 2007, as did the density of residential development.
Source: planres., Monday, February 09, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 13:58 13:55
Crop residues have value
As Kentucky farmers begin to explore this new form of alternative energy, they need to be aware of the value of their crop residue, according to a soil scientist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.
Source: frmprs, Monday, February 09, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 13:55 13:44
Ground breaking soil project kicks off
A project that combines the latest soil science and technology with remote satellite imagery and on-the-ground efforts to analyse thousands of soil samples from remote areas across Africa has been unveiled.
Source: capbus, Monday, February 09, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 13:44 13:42
Soil Association sets organic target
We’re not in any way anti-science or luddite and we do need to research things such as soil science to prevent degradation.
Source: soilasoc, Monday, February 09, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 13:42 13:40
Energy, Environmental Project Receives $2.4 Million (USA)
"During the last five years, the KRCEE has addressed a myriad of challenging issues, ranging from soil and groundwater contamination to seismic and economic development issues in western Kentucky.
Source: ukynews, Monday, February 09, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 13:40 11:31
Toxic pesticides banned in Europe
Countries must also protect drinking water by establishing pesticide buffer zones around bodies of water and "safeguard zones" for any surface and groundwater used that will ultimately come out of someone's tap.
Source: euobsrvr, Monday, February 09, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 11:31 11:29
'Tomorrow's Kent' could be a watery place
In Thanet, there needs to be an emphasis on protecting the groundwater and grade 1 agricultural land from wasteful developments such as China Gateway.
Source: km, Monday, February 09, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 11:29 11:28
Predictions For 2009: What Construction Insurers Need To Know Now
The UK is shortly expected to implement the Environmental Liability Directive in the form of The Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009.
Source: mondaq, Monday, February 09, 2009 Date and Time of entry: 11:28 11:11