LORDS

Industry Representatives give evidence to Lords in Freshwater Inquiry

09 November 2011

Three representatives of the water industry gave evidence to the Lords Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment EU Sub-Committee at 11am on Wednesday 9 November.  It was the second evidence session of their current inquiry, which is scrutinising EU freshwater policies and possibly identifying ways to help ensure a sustainable, good quality water supply for Europe in the long-term.

Witnesses

The committee heard from:

  • Andrew Fairburn, Head of Public Policy at Severn Trent Water;
  • Howard Brett, Wastewater Policy and Strategy Manager at Thames Water; and
  • Sarah Mukherjee, Director of Environment at Water UK.

Issues

They were questioned by the committee on issues including:

  • how the quality of our drinking water compares with that of the rest of Europe
  • the interaction between improving water quality and increasing emissions  of greenhouse gas
  • whether the costs of water use are being met fairly;
  • the voice of the consumer and local communities in water management
  • whether concerns about justification for the European Commission's proposals for costly wastewater treatments are shared across the EU

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