Watertight Solutions

Publication date:
December 2023

The water crisis is now a familiar feature in the UK media: from sewage discharges released into our rivers and seas, to plastic pollution damaging our wastewater systems, and droughts and floods becoming an increasingly frequent concern as our climate changes.

However, amongst the growing pressures our water infrastructure faces, there are innovative governance, technological, and behavioural solutions emerging from experts and professionals across the water sector. Contributors to this issue of environmental SCIENTIST cover topics that range from wastewater to citizen science and pollution, and they address the crucial ways we can adapt our understanding and management of water in the UK, to respond to multiple environmental and anthropogenic challenges.


  1. Water, water (not) everywhere... – Mark Everard 
  2. Urban drainage in the UK: a water industry in crisis – Richard Ashley & Brian Smith 
  3. A further ten years of water pricing: what progress have we made? – Ali Morse 
  4.  Engaging communities in developing targeted sustainable urban drainage schemes – Mark Davinson, Caitlin Rogers, Dr Ed Rollason & Dr Eleanor Starkey
  5. Nidderdale Ponds: a case study from an important freshwater landscape – Kate Wright 
  6. Chemical pollution of our freshwaters – Dr Rob Collins, Emma Adler, Dr Josh Jones & Anneka France 
  7. Unlocking water supply constraints on growth – Daniel Johns 
  8. Digital transformation and wastewater net zero – Oliver Grievson 
  9. Improving water monitoring through citizen science – The Rivers Trust
  10. Taking an ecosystem approach to water management – Dr Laurence Couldrick

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