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

Water companies ‘not doing enough to reduce serious pollution incidents’

The number of events that have a serious, extensive or persistent impact on the environment has increased

New rules for farmers to prevent water pollution

New requirements for farmers in England to improve and protect the quality of water have come into force. Under the rules, it is mandatory for all farmers to maintain good practice to prevent water pollution incidents. Farming-related pollution incidents can harm wildlife in rivers and seas, impact the economy and result in higher bills from […]

EU auditors raise water policy concerns

EU member states need to do more to protect water resources and ensure long term sustainable use, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) suggest. Its new report reveals the EU has been “only partially successful” in integrating water policy goals into the common agricultural policy (CAP). The CAP represents just under 40% of the EU […]

Tough water quality testing begins at Lincolnshire beaches

The Environment Agency has started its annual testing regime to make sure the water on the Lincolnshire coast meets strict quality standards. Samples will be taken in the next five months at nine locations including Cleethorpes (pictured), Skegness, Mablethorpe and Humberston, the Environment Agency said. Sampling and Collection Team Leader Adrian Lack said: “We will […]

US awards $9m to improve water quality

The US Government has awarded grants worth $9 million (£5.5m) in total for innovative and sustainable ways to improve water quality. Four research organisations have won a share of the fund to improve existing water infrastructure, including looking into problems of ageing wastewater collection and treatment systems. Gina McCarthy, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator […]