South West Water Responds to Environment Agency 'Spotlight' Report
South West Water notes the contents of the 'Spotlight on Business Environmental Performance 2004' report published today and is pleased the joint working arrangements between the company and the South West Region of the Environment Agency have once more been positively recognised.
The water company is also pleased that recognition has been given to the substantial improvement achieved by the company in the area of sewage treatment works compliance. 98.7% compliance was achieved at its 324 larger works, but when the performance of all 624 works for which South West Water is responsible is taken into account, this figure rises to over 99%. In 1989, compliance was only 60% and was way behind the rest of the water industry.
In the area of pollution incidents, South West Water had the lowest number of incidents, achieving a 77% reduction on the previous year and is one of only two companies which had none of the most serious Category 1 incidents. In addition, South West Water is the only company not to have had a Category 1 incident in the last six years.
South West Water's Chief Executive, Bob Baty, said today, "South West Water has delivered an environmental transformation in the region and is continuing to make further improvements. As a result, the region is now able to boast some of Europe's finest bathing waters, beaches and rivers. Whilst we have made excellent progress, we are also determined to overcome the protracted planning consent issues that have delayed a small number of improvement schemes and look forward to working with the Environment Agency and Ofwat to achieve this."
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For further information please contact Hilary Weatherley, Corporate Communications Manager, on 01392 443035.
Notes to Editors
1. South West Water has over 600 sewage treatment works, nearly 800 sewage pumping stations and 5,500 miles of sewers – a huge infrastructure considering the region's resident population.
2. Although South West Water has the lowest total number of pollution incidents, as a result of the ranking methodology used which simply divides the number of Category 1 and 2 incidents by the resident population, it is almost certain that South West Water, which has by far the smallest population of all water and sewerage companies, will appear to perform badly when compared with other companies.