Efforts to address the challenge posed by antimicrobial resistance to the water industry

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Dear Yorkshire Water Services Limited,

I would be most grateful if you could respond to the following request for information:

Are there any activities you have initiated since 2019 in response to the challenge posed by antimicrobial resistance in wastewater and/or specifically in response to the National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance? (link to the gov't doc here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio... )

For clarity, these activities could include (but aren't limited to):
1) Better understand how AMR spreads between and among humans, animals and the environment
2) Minimise spread of AMR through the environment
3) Develop an improved evidence base on AMR in the environment
4) To deepen understanding about AMR in the environment
5) Minimise antimicrobial contamination

Many thanks for your time in considering this request. It is greatly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,
Dr. Andrew Singer

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford OX10 8BB

EIR Compliance, Yorkshire Water Services Limited

Reference Number: EIR 461

 

Dear Andrew Singer

 

The Yorkshire Water Services Ltd Data Protection Team acknowledges your
request on 13 July 2022 for information regarding antimicrobial resistance
to the water industry.

 

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EIR Compliance, Yorkshire Water Services Limited

Reference Number: EIR 461

 

Dear Dr. Andrew Singer,

 

I refer to your request for information submitted to Yorkshire Water dated
13 July 2022.

 

Included with this email is our response to your questions:

 

Are there any activities you have initiated since 2019 in response to the
challenge posed by antimicrobial resistance in wastewater and/or
specifically in response to the National Action Plan on Antimicrobial
Resistance? (link to the gov't doc here:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
)

 

For clarity, these activities could include (but aren't limited to):

1) Better understand how AMR spreads between and among humans, animals and
the environment

2) Minimise spread of AMR through the environment

3) Develop an improved evidence base on AMR in the environment

4) To deepen understanding about AMR in the environment

5) Minimise antimicrobial contamination

 

Yorkshire Water, in conjunction with other partners across the water
industry, has initiated work on the issues around Antimicrobial Resistance
(AMR) in wastewater. Since 2019 we have:

 1. Been part of the project steering group for the United Kingdom Water
Industry Research (UKWIR's) 'antimicrobial resistance literature
review' (2021).  This project focused on literature for AMR in
wastewater, drinking water, sludge and the environment and has been
published by UKWIR under report reference 21/EQ/01/21 (further details
available at [2]Antimicrobial Resistance - Literature Review
(ukwir.org)), and
 2. Participated in the Chemical Investigations Programme Phase 3 (CIP3)
investigation into 'Changes to antimicrobial resistance through
wastewater and sludge treatment processes' (2022).  This project is
also being led by UKWIR and we expect a final report to be available
in the near future.

 

I trust that the provision of this data satisfies your request.  In
accordance with the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, if you are
not satisfied with this reply to your request you can ask for an internal
review.  A request for an internal review must be submitted within 40
working days by contacting the Data Protection Team.

 

Thank you for contacting Yorkshire Water.

 

Yours sincerely,

Data Protection Team

 

Email: [3][email address]

 

 

 

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addressee’s attention only. If you’ve wrongly received this email, please
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to confirm, this email isn’t a binding offer, acceptance, amendment,
waiver or any agreement or obligation – unless this is clearly stated in
the email.

We need to let you know that the content is subject to the legal notice at
yorkshirewater.com/about-us/our-policies/privacy-policy. Any disclosure,
copying, distribution or action taken based on its contents, is prohibited
and may be unlawful.

Yorkshire Water Services Limited
Registered Office Western House, Halifax Road, Bradford, BD6 2SZ
Registered in England and Wales No 2366682

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2. https://ukwir.org/antimicrobial-resistan...
3. mailto:[Yorkshire Water request email]