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Water companies in England & Wales need to do more to protect the environment

The water and sewerage companies in England and Wales need to do more to protect the environment, says a new Environment Agency report.

The report highlights that whilst there has been a gradual improving trend in environmental performance over recent years, the industry is not doing enough to reduce serious pollution incidents and comply with permits. Last year saw a rise in the most serious pollution incidents, with ‘Category 1’ incidents at 11. Previous reductions in serious (Category 1 and 2) incidents have also plateaued continuing at around one incident per week.

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The ‘Water and Sewerage Companies’ Environmental Performance Report’ rates how well the big nine water and sewage companies (operating mainly or wholly in England) managed their impact on the environment in 2017. This is done across a wide range of measures – including pollution, managing sewage and complying with permits – and also compares individual company performance.

More about the report can be found here

The report itself can be found here