Angling reacts to government ‘water wastage’ proposals

Angling reacts to government 'water wastage' proposals

by Freddie Sandford |
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ANGLERS have cautiously welcomed a raft of new government proposals aimed at reducing water wastage.

The record low levels recorded over recent summers at many rivers and reservoirs has made fish stocks more vulnerable to pollution and predation, and now industry regulator Ofwat has suggested using a ‘carrot and stick’ approach to encourage consumers to decrease water usage. Those who avoid paving over their gardens could receive discounted bills, for example, while heavy water users might face penalty charges. Critics, however, have pointed out that the biggest cause of wastage is the water companies themselves, with over a fifth of supply lost in leaks due to old infrastructure.

“We can all do our bit, but it’s the same old story – years of underinvestment and huge profits at the utilities, yet it’s the public who are being asked to redress their shortcomings,” said AT editor James Furness.

Some of our rivers have recorded record low levels

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