England’s first hosepipe ban to come into effect

The hosepipe ban in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight aims to protect the habitats of rivers in these regions

Farmers to be offered grants of up to £30k for ‘greener’ practices

Regenerative practices designed to protect rivers will be supported by Severn Trent’s funding

Thames Water blamed for dumping raw sewage into rivers over 5,000 times in 2021

Campaigners have claimed that the company dumped untreated water for more than 68,000 hours into rivers

United Utilities completes £164m rebuild of wastewater treatment plant

The project is believed to be the largest purpose-built Nereda process plant in Europe

Water firms urged to unveil plans to protect rivers after ‘regular’ sewage spills

Ofwat expects water companies to publish plans that run up to March 2025 and they should support any forthcoming targets from government regarding improvements to river quality

Northumbrian Water fined £240k for sewage pollution

The company pleaded guilty to two offences of river pollution that took place in 2017

Yorkshire Water to invest £13m to improve river water quality

The company plans to invest in a range of measures that aim to improve the Wharfe upstream of the bathing water

Environment Agency calls for jail sentences for bosses of polluting companies

The EA Chief said the new regulating policy will mean much tougher punishment for the biggest polluters

‘Pollution is killing our waterways’

A new report claims that agricultural waste and sewage are destroying waterbodies in the UK and could lead to certain species’ extinction

Environment Bill: New legal duties on water companies to tackle sewage discharges

During wet weather, storm overflows act to prevent sewers becoming overloaded with a combination of sewage and rain and release diluted wastewater into rivers