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Pollution: Rivers

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in reducing (a) pollution in and (b) water abstraction from English rivers since 2005. (268736)

The following table indicates the percentage of rivers in England which are of “good or better quality”. Figures for 2008 are due to be published later this year.

2005

2006

2007

Chemical quality

73.4

74.4

76.2

Biological quality

71.4

72.1

72.4

Phosphate

55.8

58.9

61.1

The total amount of water abstracted from all sources in England and Wales in 2005 was 57,757 megalitres (Ml) per day and 59,752 in 2006. Figures for 2007 will be available in July 2009. The Environment Agency manages abstraction within sustainable limits of the catchment.