MPs quiz water regulators on pollution in rivers
18 June 2021
The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) will be holding a further evidence session as part of its inquiry on Water Quality in Rivers with the Environment Agency, Ofwat and Highways England.
- Parliament TV: Water quality in rivers
- Inquiry: Water quality in rivers
- Environmental Audit Committee
Purpose of the session
In early evidence sessions, the EAC heard shocking evidence of water pollution including sewage, plastics and run-off, which not only threaten the health of biodiversity along waterways, it poses significant risks to human health with more and more enjoying waterways recreationally. Only 14% of English rivers are currently achieving good ecological status, and no river has achieved good chemical status.
During this evidence session, MPs will be putting this to water regulators to hear what is being done to stem the tide of pollution and how water quality can be improved.
Wednesday 23 June 2021
- Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency (EA)
- David Black, Interim Chief Executive at The Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)
- Nick Harris, Acting Chief Executive of Highways England