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Clean Waters

A deluge of untreated sewage is being dumped by water companies into our rivers and along our coastlines, but the Government is failing to act.

Around 14,500 storm overflows are in operation across England to keep sewers from becoming overwhelmed. But as our Victorian-era sewers are pushed to their capacity, sewage is increasingly being discharged by water companies into our rivers coastal waters and other waterways.

This should only happen in an emergency, but it is becoming a routine practice for water companies. Last year alone, there were a whopping 372,533 sewage spills, over a period of 2.7 million hours.

This is one of the biggest environmental scandals of our times. But the Government is failing to put a stop to it.

We need urgent action to protect our precious and biodiverse ecosystems and to safeguard everyone’s right to safely enjoy our beaches and waterways for generations to come.

This is why we are joining forces with Richard Haward’s Oysters and surfer and campaigner, Hugo Tagholm, to compel the Government to rewrite its Storm Overflows Discharge Reduction Plan to impose much tighter deadlines on water companies to clean up their act. We are also in discussions with other potential claimants, who may be added to the claim later.

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