The Environment Agency and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have worked together on the ‘Wild Wiske Revival: Clean and Green’ project over the last three years. New wetland habitat, reduced pollution and a restored river bank are just some of the enhancements made in a three-year £230,000 project to improve water quality in a North Yorkshire River. […]

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Demonstrating a welcome shift in attitude from the Government on water quality, Ministers have agreed with the majority of the recommendations in the Environmental Audit Committee report, Water quality in rivers. Read the Government Response Read the Report: Water Quality in Rivers Inquiry: Water Quality in Rivers Environmental Audit Committee The Government and the water […]

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CIWEM release new report: River water quality and storm overflows –  A systems-approach to maximising improvement Storm overflows from combined sewers and wastewater treatment works are currently discharging in thousands of locations and for millions of hours each year. Impacts on amenity and nature are unacceptable and solutions are needed. The reasons for this situation […]

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from Carvemag Thousands of people are expected to take part in the first National Day of Action on Water Quality on Saturday 23 April, a mass protest calling on water companies to end the sewage scandal polluting UK waterways. Ocean conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has joined forces with clean water campaign groups to organise 11 […]

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On World Water Day, the English and Welsh water regulator, Ofwat, has awarded £5.2m to innovative projects using new technology and cross-sector collaborations to improve water quality, reduce pollution and enhance services for consumers. Between now and the summer, the Water Breakthrough Challenge will award up to £39m to projects across England and Wales. The […]

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An area of the River Thames in Oxford and a coastal area in the Isle of Wight have been put forward for bathing water status. Two popular swimming areas in the Isle of Wight and the River Thames in Oxford could become new bathing water sites under plans set out in consultations. Designated bathing waters are coastal or inland […]

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Bathing water classifications for 2021 show that 99% of bathing waters in England have passed water quality standards following testing by the Environment Agency at over 400 designated sites. Of these, 94.7% of beaches and inland waters gained an ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ rating while 4.3% achieved the minimum ‘Sufficient’ rating. This compares with 98.3% passing […]

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