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Alert over high phosphate levels in the river Lugg
The quality of water in the River Lugg in Herefordshire is under threat from high phosphate levels.
High levels of the nutrient which could have an adverse affect on wildlife have been found in the Lugg and is having a knock-on effect on planning applications along the river’s course.
Phosphates are naturally found in water but high rates can cause excessive algae growth which, in turn, can deprive water of oxygen and have an adverse effect on wildlife.
Herefordshire Council has said any new development along its course will now have to demonstrate that phosphate levels will not be increased.
The authority has not revealed what has caused the raised levels but said developments featuring sewage treatment works would have to show phosphate levels won’t be increased.
The council is also working with the Environment Agency, Natural England and Welsh Water to try and resolve the issue.
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