Water UK has issued an updated briefing note outlining the industry’s position on the Environment Bill, which is currently in Report Stage in the Commons. It sets out how the body thinks the legislation can be improved.
The industry body broadly supports the Bill, “including the introduction of biodiversity net gain, conservation covenants, moves to tackle waste (especially plastics, which are a growing pollutant in our water sources) and the inclusion of provisions specific to the water sector”.
However, there are four areas related to water in which Water UK believes the legislation could be improved:
- Transforming the nation’s approach to water efficiency
- Tackling single use plastics that cause pollution
- Clarifying the powers and remit of the Office for Environmental Protection.
- Improving flood risk management through Drainage and Wastewater Management Plans
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