Abstraction reform to start before 2022

Water abstraction reform is expected to begin in less than a decade in some river catchments, the government has told the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee

Water abstraction reform is expected to begin in less than a decade in some river catchments, the government has told the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee. This was revealed in a written response to EFRA’s report on the government’s Water White Paper published over the summer (ENDS Report 450, p 46).

EFRA’s report accused the government of a lack of ambition on abstraction reform and criticised the slow pace of change. The committee did not want reform left until the mid to late 2020s as is currently planned.

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