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MPs quiz water regulators on pollution in rivers

18 June 2021

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) holds an evidence session as part of its inquiry on Water Quality in Rivers with the Environment Agency, Ofwat and Highways England.

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.

Witnesses

Wednesday 23 June 2021

From 14:30:

  • 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

Further information

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