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The Government's environmental demands

Reducing 'unnecessary' discharges from sewer overflows by two thirds by 2005.

Half of substandard rivers to be cleaned up by 2005.

A minimum requirement for significant coastal discharges, meaning work on some 58 outfalls.

Increased progress to clean up coasts under the Bathing Water Directive.

Agricultural use of untreated sewage to be phased out by 2001.

Steps to be taken to minimise the effects of water abstraction on 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and rivers of significant public interest.

Modernisation of water distribution to be speeded up and completed by 2010.

Lead levels to be significantly reduced by 2003 and work completed by 2013.

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