Scots count the costs of EC water and sewage rules

Complying with EC environmental standards will cost Scotland's water industry £4.5 billion over the next 15 years, a conference in Glasgow was told in March. Large increases in water and sewerage charges are inevitable, but experts fear that Scotland will still fail to meet the deadlines for compliance with the EC urban wastewater treatment Directive.

Data on the impact of recent EC legislation on water and sewerage has been slower to emerge in Scotland than in England and Wales. Scottish sewerage undertakers, the regional councils, are still deciding how to comply with last year's wastewater treatment Directive, particularly the requirement to phase out sea dumping of sewage sludge by 1998 (ENDS Report 194, pp 34-5).

A report produced by Consultants in Environmental Sciences (CES) for

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