According to the government, it has set out “a new plan to clean up our waters and ensure a plentiful supply for the future”.
Specific measures include
- £1.6 billion investment brought forward to speed up vital water infrastructure projects
- a commitment to consult on a ban on the use of plastic in wet wipes
- fines from water companies will be reinvested into a new Water Restoration Fund, making polluters pay for damage they cause to the environment
- new proposals to restrict the use of ‘forever’ chemicals (PFAS)
- Reducing water demand by encouraging water companies to consider how to rapidly increase smart meter installations for household and non-household customers
However, most of the measures have been previously announced, years ago in the case of the ban on wet wipes.