The chair of the Environment Agency has cautiously welcomed plans outlined by the water regulator for 'rebuilding public trust in the water sector', but reiterated her call for tougher sanctions for environmental breaches by water firms
New guidance on charges and fees for bulk supply or bulk discharge of water and wastewater in England has been published by DEFRA
Mike Lodge: The media spotlight on water pollution and demand for action at unprecedented levels serve as warnings to industry leaders to act now to safeguard the environment and public health
Greater abstraction of water from the Thames and a new reservoir in Oxfordshire are among Thames Water’s plans for meeting rising demand in the south east
The highly-anticipated 25-year environment plan has split opinion with some saying it ‘lacks teeth and urgency’ while others praise its scope and ambition
Diffuse pollution from farming could reverse improvements in drinking water quality, the condition of rivers and the quality of bathing waters once the UK leaves the EU, according to researchers
Brexit and repeated resource cuts have left DEFRA struggling to fulfil its duties, forcing it to review and de-prioritise aspects of its workload, according to the National Audit Office
The EA will crack down on abstraction licences, develop catchment strategies, integrate licensing into permitting regulations, review charges and digitise the whole licensing system
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