Starting work on farming’s water foul up

Dealing with diffuse agricultural pollution is the UK’s biggest challenge in meeting Water Framework Directive targets. Philip Lightowlers reports on efforts to persuade farmers to protect rivers and groundwaters

Silted river, from SEPAWater companies, and water consumers, are spending billions of pounds improving sewage treatment to comply with the Water Framework Directive. The end point is the achievement of ‘good ecological status’ in all natural and coastal waters by 2027.

One reason for this focus is that pollution from sewage effluent discharges and sewer overflows is relatively obvious and easy to monitor. There is also a ready means of remedying it through the water industry’s asset management planning framework and funding from water bills.

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