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serious pollution, pollution per km of
sewer pipes, supply resilience, selfreporting of pollution and complying
with permits, and also compares individual company performance to highlight the best and worst.
Northumbrian Water was the only
company achieving the highest 4-star
rating, showing that it is possible to
bring in good environmental practices and limit the impact of operations on nature. The Environment
Agency report said this improvement
is to be applauded, which had only
been possible with focus from the top
of the organisation and ongoing effort
from operational teams.
The report highlighted the best and
worst performance including:
• Northumbrian Water improved to
gain the highest rating of 4 stars.
• Severn Trent Water, United Utilities
and Wessex Water dropped from 4
stars to 3 stars, with Anglian Water
and Thames Water remaining on 3
stars. Companies with 3 stars must
improve their performance to
reduce their impact on the environment.
• Southern Water, South West Water
and Yorkshire Water were only
given 2 stars and described as
demonstrating an ‘unacceptable
level of performance.’
• Again this year, South West Water is
poor performing and has consistently demonstrated unacceptable
performance and a red rating for
pollution incidents. Most water
companies look set to fail to meet
2020 pollution targets.
• Southern Water and Thames Water
failed to demonstrate they have
robust enough plans to maintain
secure water supplies.
Executive Director of Operations Dr
Toby Willison said:
“Water companies need to clean up
their act. People expect water companies to improve the environment,
not pollute rivers and ensure secure
supplies of water. With only one
exception, none of the companies are
performing at the level we wish to
see, the country expects and the environment needs. We will continue to
challenge CEOs to improve company
performance, and we will take strong
and appropriate enforcement action.
Companies performing well have a
positive ripple effect on the natural
environment and communities in
their regions. We want all water companies to meet the expectation of
their customers, the needs of environment and learn from the best practice
that the leading company is demonstrating.” n
MP joins Angling Trust’s call for
parents to take their children
fishing this summer
With the cricket and football World
Cups now over and the school summer holidays coming up, many parents will be wondering how to keep
their youngsters occupied over the
long six-week break. The message
from the Angling Trust is simple:
“Take your children fishing.”
To highlight all that fishing has to
offer to young people, Angling Trust
Policy Chief Martin Salter invited his
old parliamentary colleague Charles
Walker MP, Chairman of the All-Party
Parliamentary Angling Group, to
bring his sons and their mates on a
special day out to College Lake in
Hampshire where the youngsters had
a great time catching some fighting
fit carp and beautiful roach on a variety of methods. Best fish of the day
was a lovely 14lb mirror carp caught
by Jack Boyd on a method feeder.
Charles Walker, MP, said: “My sons,
James and Alistair, love fishing, and
all the lads had a fantastic time catching fish and learning a few more fishing tips from Martin. I just wish more
parents would realise that taking your
children fishing is a great way to help
them learn about wildlife and nature,
and may well give them a healthy
hobby that could last a lifetime. There
are lots of safe and friendly angling
schemes and projects run by the
Angling Trust and its partners for
young people and those new to fishing, so it really couldn’t be easier.”
Martin Salter added: “With so many
other distractions out there, we all
have to work harder to get the fishing
message across to young people in
order to give our sport a future. Studies have shown that spending more
time on outside pursuits such as
angling is good for both mental and
physical health and wellbeing and for
gaining a greater understanding of
the countryside and the environment.
And now with free fishing licences for
under 16s, it’s even easier for youngsters to get into fishing.”
This summer there are hundreds of
completely FREE events, which offer
opportunities to discover the joys of
fishing, including the Angling Trust’s
‘Get Fishing’ campaign, Get Hooked
on Fishing’s ‘Family Fishing’ initiative, Canal & River Trust’s ‘Lets Fish!’
sessions and National Fishing Month,
run by the Angling Trades Association.
You can find all these via Children aged between
13 and 16 can get a FREE Environment Agency fishing licence to fish in
stillwaters, canals, rivers and streams,
so now it’s even less expensive for
families to start fishing. n
Charles Walker MP, with his son James and friend Jack Boyd displaying one of
the fine carp landed at College Lake in Hampshire.


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