Water companies have a responsibility to protect the environment.
Three important areas are:
The work of a water company will have an impact on the environment. Laying pipelines or building a new water or sewage treatment works can cause disruption for a short time.
However, the benefits are long term – for example, sewage treatment schemes improve the quality of waste water returned to the environment.
When a reservoir is built, some habitats are lost because of flooding. But, with careful planning, new habitats are created.