Key decisions on bathing waters, sewage and sludge treatment

New standards for sewage and sludge treatment and the first designations of inland bathing waters were announced by the Government in July in response to a parliamentary report on sewage treatment standards. The timing was dictated by EC legislation, the water industry price review and pressure on sludge disposal to farmland by major retailers. The measures represent a significant tightening of standards which will increase water companies' investment bills by up to £1.44 billion.

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