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 Act passed to crack down on water and air pollution

The act will also look to cut waste, protect biodiversity and increase recycling rates

EU targets ‘zero pollution’ in air, water and soil by 2050

The Zero Pollution Action Plan sets out key 2030 targets to reduce pollution at source and ensure people could all live in a toxic-free environment

Green energy to help scale back fish deaths during dry weather

The Environment Agency is using solar-powered aeration systems, which help to increase oxygen levels in the water and reduces the risk of fish dying

EIB backs water quality in the Netherlands with €190m loan

The funds will support the upgrade of production installations, storage facilities and pumping stations across the Evides estate

Welsh Government unveils £10m fund to tackle water pollution from abandoned metal mines

Abandoned metal mines are regarded as one of the principal causes of water pollution in Wales due to discharges from underground workings and leaching of metals from spoil heaps

Environment Bill to give new powers to stop exports of plastic waste

The government has also committed to set a legally binding target to reduce fine particulate matter, the pollutant of greatest harm to human health

Severn Trent Water pays £226k for sewage pollution

The incident at Rothley Brook, Leicestershire took place in August 2016 and killed more than 2,000 fish

EU agrees minimum requirements for water reuse in agriculture

The Commission says the practice of water reuse is currently established in only a few member states and it is deployed ‘much below its potential’

Picture of sheep in Welsh farm.
Tougher rules for Welsh farmers to tackle water pollution

They will be introduced next spring and will come into force in January 2020