Water UK has made 24 recommendations for improving the Environment Bill, which is currently going through parliament.
Water UK and our members have strongly supported the Bill – and efforts to strengthen it – since its inception. We welcome its ambition, including the introduction of biodiversity net gain, conservation covenants, moves to tackle waste (especially plastics, which are a growing pollutant in our water sources) and the inclusion of provisions specific to the water sector.
The Environment Bill is crucial for allowing water companies to build on improvements made over the last thirty years. It facilitates a predictable, stable legal framework following Brexit – absolutely essential for enabling continued long-term planning, investment, and innovation.