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Water quality at designated bathing sites is at its highest standard since classifications began in 2015 with 99% attaining acceptable quality and almost 95% being classed as good or excellent. However, the UK’s first designated inland bathing site in the River Wharfe in Ilkley was rated as poor in its inaugural assessment by the Environment Agency.
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Head of the Environment Agency James Bevan has said regulators need to “think differently, speak softly and carry a bigger stick,” working with operators to protect the environment and improve waterways but being “far firmer” if they fail to cooperate. He also called for “fewer, simpler and better” regulations to achieve environmental goals.
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The chair of the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) has said the newly formed body will not rely on financial fines as its go-to enforcement action, claiming reputational penalties are more effective in changing behaviour. Speaking ahead of the OEP being granted its full powers by parliament on 24 January, Gladys Stacey said the office will be "independent but not remote".
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Yorkshire Water has set out £13 million of investment to improve water quality in the River Wharfe in Ilkley which was the first inland bathing site designated last year. The company stressed that its interventions alone would not be sufficient to transform the river and called on stakeholders to work together to tackle pollution at source
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England could face a daily water deficit of 3,435 megalitres by 2050 - an extra 1,500 megalitres over the previous forecast from two years ago - if no action is taken to prevent the shortage, regional water resource groups have warned. Representatives of the groups said demand reduction will play a vital role in managing water resources across the country until major infrastructure projects can be completed.
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Responsibility for improving water quality in rivers cannot be laid solely at the door of the water industry, the Environmental Audit Committee has said in its report following a year-long inquiry into the health of rivers in England. The committee said engagement is needed with farmers, landowners, housing developers and local authorities and called for a culture of “water citizenship” to make people better aware of the impacts of their behaviour.
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NI Water is set to reduce its non-domestic water and sewerage charges by an average of 2.7 per cent from April, it announced today.
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