Severn Trent CEO Liv Garfield said the company is not doing much in the protection of water as needed by the government and public. A good pace is required to meet the expectations.
She added that both Anglian Water and Severn Trent have vowed to enhance the efforts following the request of environment minister Rebecca Pow to minimize dispersing of sewage into the rivers.
The sewage making its way into the rivers is in high volume and frequency. The overflows have been an issue lately, after the Brexit was initiated, for the water companies. Late last year, the government allowed the dumping of partially processed sewage into rivers as COVID-19 disrupted water treatment in the country.
The exit of Britain from the EU bloc is making water treatment difficult due to disruption in the supply chain of chemicals at ports and the Covid pandemic has intensified the issue.
The Severn Trent and Anglian Water have pledged to work on the issue and assure the sewage does not harm the rivers. An investment of about 100 million pounds is being expected each year and the plan includes having people and wildlife get more access to the rivers.
Anglian chief executive Peter Simpson said with the Environment Bill converted into Environment Act, the company believes more action is required to ensure the good health of the rivers and work in collaboration with other sectors.
He added that collaboration can solve challenges and it is important to involve together right people. A movement titled Get River Positive has been initiated and actions will be taken to deliver changes.
About Severn Trent
Severn Trent was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Coventry, UK. It serves the Midlands, South West area with drinking water and recycled wastewater products. The key people in the company include CEO Liv Garfield and chairperson Christine Hodgson.
The water company is listed on the London Stock Exchange. It is simultaneously a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It acquired waste management company Biffa in May 1991, but a demerger took place in October 2006. It acquired East Worcester Water in 2011.
The company operates in various reservoirs including Carsington Reservoir, Draycote Water, Shustoke Reservoir, Foremark Reservoir, Tittlesworth Reservoir, Linacre Reservoir and Ogston Reservoir.
Brexit is the acronym for British exit and it means the withdrawal of the UK from the EU bloc based on a 51.89 percent favoring vote in a referendum held in June 2016.