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Steps to improve water quality in England

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River Lune near Lancaster

Protecting and improving our nation’s rivers, seas, lakes and other waters is hugely important to local communities and to our precious wildlife.

Here are some of the recent actions taken to deliver cleaner and more plentiful water:




  • Water bosses will be banned from receiving bonuses if a company has committed serious criminal breaches, pending consultation by Ofwat.
  • The cap on civil penalties for environmental offences has been removed.
  • A new portal to make it easier for internal water company whistleblowers to safely report serious environmental wrongdoing by water companies to the Environment Agency.

You can read more about action for clean and plentiful water in the Plan for Water, published in April 2023.

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