Pesticide removal to cost water industry £800 million

Water companies committed to making early reductions in pesticide levels in drinking water will need to invest £800 million in improved water treatment, an ENDS survey has found. Operating costs will also rise by £80 million per year.

Many of the water companies have been required to bring forward their pesticide control programmes following an official review of "undertakings" which they gave at the time of privatisation. Many of these set deadlines around the end of the century for pesticide levels in drinking water to be brought within EC standards, but the threat of legal action by both the European Commission and Friends of the Earth forced the Government to advance th

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