The Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill places a duty on water companies to ensure that untreated sewage is not discharged into rivers and other inland waters. The Bill will require water companies to set out plans progressively to reduce their reliance on combined sewer overflows (CSOs). It proposes increasing levels of transparency, as firms will be mandated to report publicly not just on the frequency and extent of sewage discharges from CSOs and any other sewer catchment assets, but also on the impact on water quality as this is enabled by advances in technology.
The Bill also proposes measures to upgrade drainage infrastructure to separate household sewage from surface water drainage, helping reduce the risk of overspills. It includes measures to reduce harmful products such as non-biodegradable wet wipes, commercial fats and oils from being disposed down the drains. It also proposes measures to expand the number of inland bathing waters and establish targets to increase those classified as “good” or “excellent”.
In the Media
Shropshire Live – ‘Philip Dunne MP launches new Bill to tackle river pollution’
Shropshire Star – ‘Shropshire MP publishes ‘ambitious’ Bill to clean UK rivers’
Water Briefing – ‘Philip Dunne MP launches new Bill to tackle river pollution’
Conservative Home – ‘Philip Dunne: Why I’ve tabled a Bill to clean up Britain’s rivers’
ENDS Report – ‘‘Licence to spill’: EAC chair launches bill to stop water firms polluting rivers with raw sewage’
Environmental Law News Update – Charles Morgan, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies consider the new Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill 2019-21