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Water pollution requires States action

Post by GD on Fri 22 Apr 2011, 7:06 pm

Jersey Water is concerned about nitrate pollution and has called for government action.

Last year water quality tests reached 99.86%, but Jersey Water chairman Kevin Keen says they remain concerned about the ongoing relatively high levels of nitrates in water resources.

Mr Keen said: "When rainfall levels are above average in the early months of the year, nitrate levels in all our surface water resources are greater than 50 mg/l. Whilst the Company has dispensations for 33% of samples taken for nitrates, this is a short-term measure. We continue to promote the need for the States Environment Department to implement an appropriate, sustainable and long-term solution to this ongoing diffuse pollution."

The call for action comes in the company's annual report which shows Jersey Water made a pre-tax profit of 4.1m last year on turnover of 14.6m . Operating costs were reduced by 5% to 9.5m.

The board is proposing a final dividend on ordinary and A ordinary shares of 2.24 bringing the total dividends for the year to 3.40 per share, an increase of 6.6%. (from CTV)

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