Gove tells water companies to improve environmental performance

Michael Gove says water firms’ performance in stopping pollution has ‘stalled’ and warns of possible regulatory changes to ensure the environment is protected

Untreated sewage
Thames Water incident: untreated sewage was discharged from various sites into the river Thames

Environment secretary Michael Gove has said that water firms’ performance in stopping pollution has “stalled” and warned that he is prepared to consider changes to the regulatory framework to ensure the environment is protected should companies “continue to drag their feet”.

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