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CALL FOR LONDON RAT TSAR BY COUNCILS AND WATER COMPANIES

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A conference on sewers and rodents heard that the time is ripe for a 'rat tsar' to crack down on London's booming r...
A conference on sewers and rodents heard that the time is ripe for a 'rat tsar' to crack down on London's booming rat population, reported the Independent (October 18, p7).

Water companies and local authority environmental health officers agreed that they are failing to coordinate and that current systems of pest control are inadequate.

The paper said that before privatisation councils and the old state-owned water authorities had a much closer working relationship. Now water companies complain that councils do not notify them when the sewers are a likely source and councils allege that water companies are no longer regularly putting poison bait in the sewers.
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