Waste water & sewage

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  • Photograph: William Starkey/geograph.org.uk

    Industry faces steep increase in EA charges

    The Environment Agency has opened consultation on fundamental changes to the way it sets regulatory fees

  • Hundreds of fish were killed by the sewage discharge. Photograph: Environment Agency

    Yorkshire Water hit with £70,000 fish kill bill

    The water utility has been fined following a discharge of raw sewage that killed hundreds of fish but has ambitious plans to avoid future incidents

  • Bevan is mulling changing water quality definitions. Photograph: Michael Charles/123RF

    England to miss 2027 water quality targets

    England will miss its already deferred water quality targets out to 2027, according to Environment Agency chief James Bevan

  • 'Excellent' rating no guarantee of water quality on a given day. Photograph: 123RF

    Bathing waters not as ‘excellent’ as could be

    Insufficient investment in sewage treatment is blamed for the lack of improvement in bathing water quality, with around two-thirds rated “excellent” for third year running

  • Environment secretary Michael Gove. Photograph: Parliament TV

    Gove mulls Environmental Protection Bill

    An Environmental Protection Act and a national policy statement underpinning environmental principles are being considered by the environment secretary

  • More water projects may qualify as 'nationally significant infrastructure'. Photograph: daveh123/123RF

    DEFRA tries to head off water shortage

    DEFRA plans to fast track planning consent for large water supply projects in a bid to head off a water shortage of up to a fifth of England’s demand by 2050

  • Developers may get discounts for not connecting to public sewers. Photograph: Sanphet Pruksaritanon/123RF

    Water firms mull conservation discounts

    United Utilities plans to offer developers discounts for not connecting to public sewers and Anglian may waive connection charges for water efficient new homes

  • Andrew C Singer, senior scientist, Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

    Wastewater treatment is a seeping health timebomb

    Andrew C Singer: In addition to dangerous chemicals and illicit drugs ending up in our rivers through sewage treatment, the greatest danger could come from the presence of antimicrobials

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