Water industry and retailers close on sludge-to-land agreement

The water industry is confident of reaching a deal with retailers within weeks on the future of sewage sludge disposal to agricultural land, a meeting of industry experts heard in April. The agreement will mean a phase-out of untreated sludge spreading "as soon as possible", with some sludge likely to be diverted to landfill as an interim measure until treatment facilities can be built.

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