Paying for ecological quality: phosphate

Whether water customers will pay a fair share of the cost of meeting the water framework Directive’s goals is a concern for the water industry and its financial regulator Ofwat. The latest research commissioned by Ofwat and the Environment Department (DEFRA) provides an argument that detergent manufacturers should contribute up to £100 million per year to the clean-up costs of phosphate discharges. James Richens reports

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