Water pollution incidents the highest ever

The number of water pollution incidents in England and Wales during 1992 was the highest on record, according to a report by the National Rivers Authority (NRA).1 The two largest sources were water and sewerage businesses and industry at large.

A total of 31,673 incidents were reported to the NRA during the year, a 7% increase on 1991. Of these, 23,331 (74%) were substantiated - a 4% increase over the previous year. The most serious "Category 1" incidents also increased slightly to 388.

The NRA has improved its reporting of pollution incidents to include a classification both by pollution source and by pollution type. However, this means that some figures are not directly compar

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