Environment: Rat tsar needed to clear sewers
Saturday 18 October 1997
The water companies - whose sewage pipes they lurk in - and local council environmental health officers agree that they are failing to coordinate, and current systems of pest control are inadequate.
Before privatisation, councils and the old, state-owned water authorities had a much closer working relationship. Now water companies complain that the councils do not notify them about rat infestations when the sewers are a likely source. Councils allege that the water companies are no longer regularly putting poison bait in the sewers.
The problems emerged at a conference in London devoted to rats and sewers. Some delegates felt central Government should take the lead role in bringing the two groups together and drawing up a new code of rat-busting standards and practices.
Stephen Battersby, of Surrey University's Robens Centre for Environmental Health, complained that the new crop of ministers showed little interest. The centre had asked for one to attend to give the Government's view, but none came.
He believes the new, plastic pipes used in sewers may be less rat-resistant than the old cast iron ones, and poor workmanship when installing drains may be a factor.
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 Greece crisis: Alexis Tsipras accepts troika bailout proposals with conditions
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 French woman dies in freak bungee jumping accident
- 5 Facebook rainbow profile pictures likely being tracked by social network
Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
Russian officials ban yoga because it's too much like a religious cult
Greece crisis: Alexis Tsipras accepts troika bailout proposals with conditions
German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
Britain First insist their videos aren't racist in bizarre attack on comedian Jason Manford
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a 3-4 month pro rata fi...
£16000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Telesales Executive is requir...
£25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join ...