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Protect our right to swim

We’re supporting Jo Bateman in her action against a water company that sent a fleet of lorries to unleash a tide of sewage.

Jo Bateman

Case overview

Jo Bateman tries to swim in the sea off Exmouth every day, because of the huge benefits to her physical and mental health. But in December 2023 this retired physiotherapist couldn’t get into the water for 10 days straight, after a pipe burst and South West Water started driving a fleet of lorries full of untreated sewage to a pumping station that was already overflowing.

Part of campaign:

  • Right to swim

    Fighting to stop water companies putting profit over people

    Right to swim