Can the UK learn from China’s extensive sponge cities?

As a country with a major problem with urban flooding, China has been working hard over recent years to implement innovative flood defence and drainage strategies to tackle the perennial and recurrent issue of devastating floods that it faces every single year.

Its solution to the problem? The development of sponge cities – an idea that has been floating around Europe and the rest of the world for decades.

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How lean and efficient thinking could revolutionise the construction industry

Modern manufacturing has turned lean philosophy into a fine art. Simply put, it’s all about reducing waste, cost and effort while at the same time increasing quality, efficiency, and profitability.

Take Toyota as a case in point; largely recognised for trail-blazing lean manufacturing practices in John Krafcik’s 1988 article, “Triumph of the Lean Production System”, the auto manufacturer is now a global leader in its field. They’re doing something right.

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Asset helps realise Hull’s renewable energy vision of the future

The expertise and engineering vision of Newport based large diameter plastic pipe manufacturer Asset International has played an integral role in the creation of a new world class centre for renewable energy in Hull.

Green Port Hull is a collaboration between Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Associated British Ports to promote investment and development of the renewable energy sector in the Humber region and to secure long-term economic growth for the area.

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Is there a North / South divide in the UK government’s flood defence spending?

Is there a north/south divide when it comes to flood defence spending in the UK?

Well, in essence that depends where you live, and how you perceive the statistics. And very often who you listen to.

For example, in the winter of 2015, the then Prime Minister David Cameron paid a visit to flood stricken York, during which he claimed that the Government was spending “more per head on flood defences in the north of England than we do in the south of England. And here in Yorkshire we are almost trebling the amount we will be spending in the current Parliament.”

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How the Victorians shaped our water industry

The fresh supply of drinking water and the easy disposal of sewage and waste are basic human needs that we rarely give a second thought to. It’s easy to take these things for granted, but the fact of the matter is that the water and sewerage management systems found in our cities, towns, villages and countryside provide some of the key building blocks of civilised societies.

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Bioterrorism in the water industry – how safe is our water supply?

The vulnerability of our water supplies to disruption and contamination by potential terrorist or malicious acts is a growing concern for authorities across the country. It’s a terrifying prospect, the thought of our cities’ water supplies being poisoned with a deadly pathogen, but nonetheless, one that is all too real. While this may sound a little on the dramatic side, the fact of the matter is that our water supply is potentially susceptible to acts of bioterrorism.

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Cyber security – how real is the threat to the UK water industry?

The UK has one of the most advanced water management systems in the world and we have the Victorians to thank for placing us on such a pedestal.

One hundred and fifty years ago our Victorian ancestors undertook a feat of engineering so spectacular that it was the envy of the world. The vast London sewerage system was unprecedented in scope and scale, and became the blueprint for similarly advanced cities across the globe. And their influence wasn’t confined to the capital. The Victorian era water grid stretches the length and breadth of the UK, incorporating dazzling aqueducts and vast reservoirs, the majority of which is still utilised today.

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Harnessing the power of the Nile to bath time in ancient Rome – water management in the primitive world

Water keeps us alive and the earliest civilisations on earth recognised the significance of harnessing the power of water in order to survive and flourish. In fact, some the most successful ancient cities were the ones that discovered ways to provide their citizens with ample clean water, established efficient waste disposal processes, and the irrigation of essential crops.

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The UK’s worst flooding disasters

Disaster: 2007 Hull floods
This summer marks 10 years since more than 9,000 homes and businesses were destroyed after the city of Hull received a sixth of its annual rainfall in just 12 hours. The disaster affected an estimated 35,000 people and caused an estimated £41m worth of damage. More than 6,000 people in Hull were forced into temporary accommodation and many of those spent over a year out of their homes while some 1,400 people had to live in caravans until their homes were repaired.

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