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10 steps to sustainable water by 2015

Waste less water
Reduce water consumption by at least 20% through more efficient use in homes, buildings and businesses


Keep our rivers flowing and wetlands wet
Reform abstraction licensing to reduce pressure on rivers, lakes and wetlands today and increase flexibility to adapt to future climate change


Price water fairly
Make household water bills reflect the amount of water people use


Make polluters pay
Make those who damage the water environment bear the costs through more effective law enforcement, tougher penalties and fairer charges


Stop pollutants contaminating our water
Introduce targeted regulations to reduce harmful pollutants in water


Keep sewage out of homes and rivers and off beaches
Upgrade the sewage system to reduce discharges of sewage into urban environments and ecologically sensitive areas


Support water-friendly farming
Reward farmers who deliver healthy rivers, lakes, ponds and wetlands, and provide a range of other benefits to society


Slow, manage and clean drainage from roads and buildings
Create a modern urban drainage network that can mitigate surface water flooding and trap pollution


Protect and restore catchments from source to sea
Regenerate rivers, lakes and wetlands in partnership with local communities

Retain water on floodplains and wetlands
Restore large areas of wetland and floodplain to create vital wildlife habitats, improve water quality and quantity, and reduce urban flooding


10 steps to sustainable water by 2015