EA: ‘Potential threats to water quality’ include fracking, pesticides

Around 86% of river water bodies did not reach ‘good’ ecological status in 2016, according to the EA which identifies fracking and other threats to future water quality

Few rivers and lakes are meeting the required WFD standards. Photograph: Matthew Dixon/123RF

Fracking is a ‘potential future threat to water quality’, according to the Environment Agency (EA).

The EA made the statement in a report on water quality published on 19 February which shows the majority of England’s rivers and groundwaters continuing to fail to meet legal targets set out under the Water Framework Directive (WFD). 

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