Sewage, agriculture, and plastic pollution to blame for England's woeful river quality, MPs say

A step change in regulatory action and greater investment by water companies is urgently required to improve the water quality of England’s rivers, a parliamentary committee has today warned.

Just 14 per cent of rivers in England are currently deemed to have a good ecological status with a new report from the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) today warning that a “dangerous chemical cocktail” created by pollutants from agriculture, sewage, roads, and single-use plastics is blighting the nation’s waterways.

While sewage discharge from water companies was deemed to be responsible for 36 per cent of rivers failing to meet the ‘good’ status, the agriculture industry also came in for criticism for its failure to curb levels of pollutants.

MPs found that rural diffuse pollution is the most common form of pollution preventing rivers from achieving good ecological status. Poultry farming, in particular, was accused of driving up phosphorus levels in a

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