Following a recent consultation on charge proposals for water quality permits, the Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed that charges will increase significantly, especially for water companies. The proposals were covered in Water News in January. The EA has now published the outcome of the consultation, including the response summary, detailed summary of responses, list of respondents […]

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The government has published a list of over 140 wastewater treatment works legally required to be upgraded to stringent nutrient removal limits. The requirement to deliver nutrient neutrality will enable the construction of thousands of homes and improve aquatic ecosystems. Water companies have a duty to ensure wastewater treatment works serving a population equivalent over […]

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Interesting piece in The Guardian highlighting a multiple approach to cleaning up the Seine in time for triathlon events at this summer’s Olympic Games. Approaches include Improving the performance of wastewater facilities Modernising the sewage system in order to separate rainwater and wastewater in a more systematic way Correct misconnections to the system, in which […]

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People’s trust in water companies risks being irreversibly damaged unless consumers witness a sustained improvement in the sector’s care of rivers and the wider environment. The warning comes from the Consumer Council for Water (CCW) as it publishes its annual Water Matters survey. It reveals an unprecedented decline in household customers’ satisfaction with water companies across […]

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From Action Network Target: Steve Barclay MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food, And Rural Affairs Untreated sewage was discharged into English waterways for more than 3.6 million hours in 2023. In 2022, water companies paid out £1.4 billion in dividends – even as 11 of them were fined in the same year for missing performance […]

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The MailOnline tested water quality at 6 of England’s 27 new designated bathing spots. It revealed that 5 of them are riddled with E. coli bacteria that can cause stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea. According to the MailOnline, “one of the spots has so much of the faecal bacteria that swimmers have been told to […]

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The National Infrastructure Commission has published its Infrastructure Progress Review 2024 – the Commission’s annual assessment of government progress on infrastructure strategy and delivery in priority areas. The review finds that over the last 12 months, progress has been mixed. There has been continued expansion in the reach of digital networks, and devolution deals for […]

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