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Protecting the environment

The water industry has invested £25billion in rivers since 1995

Current issues

Issues the industry is facing

River Dunsop

Protecting rivers and coasts

Water companies are going further than ever before to protect rivers and coasts but more needs to be done

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Climate change

Water companies will reach net zero on operational emissions by 2030

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Storm overflows

Water companies are putting in place a major infrastructure programme to reduce CSO spill activity

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Bathing waters

Water companies want to work with the Government, farmers and landowners to help create bathing rivers in every region of England


invested to improve rivers


of storm overflows will be monitored by the end of 2023


the amount the UK water sector reduced its carbon emissions by between 2011 and 2020

News, views and publications

Environment articles

Milestone storm overflow data shows there's more to do

Water UK response to Government's Storm Overflows Discharge Reduction Plan

Number of English bathing waters classed as ‘excellent’ hits record high

River Dunsop

21st Century Rivers

Water companies unite on the road to net zero

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Industry statistics

Explore the website for industry statistics including company performance, leakage and water quality

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Tideway super sewer

Our 25 year plan for waste water

To expand sewers and reduce sewage going into rivers

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Information for customers

Help with bills, interruptions to water supply and more

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