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As well as providing an excellent service and high quality drinking water to our customers we appreciate that a lot of what we do impacts on society as a whole.
We like to be open about our position on things that affect our customers, such as climate change or price rises. Here are our position statements on some of the latest hot topics.
In Yorkshire we have demonstrated that our proactive and innovative approach to debt management can mitigate the challenging circumstances relating to our customer base.
We recognise the need to support customers in circumstances that make them vulnerable. We offer a variety of methods to help through Watersure, our Community Trust, Resolve and WaterSupport.
The key is to be able to differentiate between the 'won't pays' and 'can't pays'.
We're committed to playing our part in responding to the challenges of climate change through adaptation and mitigation.
In some cases, new regulations don't balance the need for higher quality standards with the potential carbon impact of delivering these standards. Better alignment of regulators and Government is essential if we're to deliver stretching carbon goals.
We have developed a Climate Change Strategy, all of which can be found on our Climate Change and Carbon page.
We're governed by Local Authorities and Public Health England on this issue. It is up to each local authority to conduct consultations on proposals of new fluoridation schemes. If local authorities carry out proper public consultation and can prove the public supports such a move, they can ask Public Health England to ask their local water company to fluoridate.
Any fluoride that is present in the water is naturally occurring. Go to our post code look up to check the fluoride levels in your water - click here
Although we don’t have control over whether fracking takes place in the region we are a statutory consultee on planning applications for onshore shale gas extraction.
This means we carefully consider and comment on all shale gas planning applications to make sure that where fracking does occur, it has no impact on water supplies. We cannot emphasise enough how absolutely vital it is to us that customers enjoy the safest drinking water at all times.
Our current assessment is that the risks to water supply from shale gas production are acceptable, provided they are properly identified and lead to appropriate risk mitigation. If more companies apply for permission to produce shale gas by hydraulic fracturing we will review each application on a case by case basis.
For information about our position on treating waste water from fracking please see here.
Below is an explanation of the company structure and how the amount of corporation tax paid is calculated.
Since the floods of 2007 we have played an active role in developing a multi-agency approach to water management planning and flood emergency response in partnership with regional local authorities and with the Environment Agency in our region. We feel this multi-agency approach is the best way to deliver improved flood protection and management for the future and we welcome this model now being enshrined in law in the Flood and Water Management Act.
As we expressed during the passage of the Flood and Water Management Bill through Parliament, we feel that water companies have an even greater role to play in surface water management. We feel that opportunities have been missed to give water companies greater responsibilities that would ensure that we have a complete understanding and control of our networks. We remain convinced that water companies would be best placed to own and manage SUDS given the significant interdependence with the sewerage network. Likewise, we feel that the missed opportunity to remove the automatic right to connect to the sewerage network will mean that we water companies remain handicapped in terms of the risk of overloaded sewers.
Given the concerns raised by local authorities about lack of funding for their new responsibilities we are interested to see how this plays out. We remain committed to the multi-agency approach and we look forward to continuing and expanding on the important partnership work that is already established in Yorkshire with local authorities and the Environment Agency.
Natural England asked us to support the trial of a Hen Harrier recovery plan which comprises of the below six points. We would very much like to see Hen Harriers on our land, not have them removed, which seems to be the main concern of interested parties. This is why we are supporting the plan.
•Monitor Hen Harrier numbers in England and the UK via satellite tagging and tracking
•Share best practice with land managers and gamekeepers, encouraging the provision of food for birds of prey
•Work closely with the Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group (RPPDG) to analyse intelligence on persecution and deliver more effective enforcement and deterrence measures
•Monitor and protect nests and winter roosts from disturbance and destruction
•Work with landowners to reintroduce Hen Harriers to suitable areas in the South of England
•Scope out feasibility for trialling brood management
For the last of these - to scope out feasibility for trialling brood management - we sought further explanation from Natural England. The explanation we received was that a group, chaired by Natural England, was currently working up a licence application for this trial. The proposal, we understand, is that all nests in the English uplands – where the land is included within the geographical scope of the licence – could contribute to the density figure (generally expressed as 10km between nests) but that landowners will make the decision as to whether or not they wish a particular nest to be brood managed in this way.
We think that a multi-stakeholder approach is more likely to be effective. In order to be a recipient site for Hen Harriers, landowners needed to register their land in the licenced area.
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