The costs of water quality: the regulators' turf war continues

The Office of Water Services (OFWAT) has added its voice to the debate about the cost of higher standards of drinking and surface water quality with an assessment of the implications for future water bills.1 But its consultation paper is likely to mislead consumers about their ability to influence the costs of complying with existing EC rules - and to provoke renewed conflict with the National Rivers Authority (NRA) over the speed at which river quality should be improved.

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