Water Bill set for rough passage over abstraction, competition

Pointers to some major tussles to come over the Water Bill emerged when it received its second reading in the House of Lords on 6 March. Environmental and business interests have conflicting objectives over reforms of the abstraction licensing system, and the Government is under pressure to extend a duty to use water efficiently beyond the water industry. The potential impact of competition in water supply on domestic water bills is also set to be a major flash-point.

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