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Call to curb water pollution at source


YORKSHIRE WATER this week called for the government to bring in legislation to curb water pollution at source, which would reduce the need for expensive treatment processes.

The water company's head of environment, health and safety Tony Harrington told NCE that water companies welcome the European Water Framework Directive, which encourages the control of pollution at source, but that the government must do more to force polluters to stop contaminating water courses.

'The directive supports the polluter pays principle but it is up to the government to lead change, ' he said.

Harrington will be speaking on the issue at the NCE sponsored Water Framework Directive conference in London on 15 September, along with presenters from the Environment Agency, water regulator Ofwat and the Department for the Environment Food & Rural Affairs.

The Water Framework Directive requires countries to manage water on a catchment basis using river basin management plans. Catchments must work towards achieving 'good ecological status' by implementing measures to improve water quality. This is expected to cost most EU states billions of pounds.

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