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River Pollution concerns

May 3, 2022 10:30 AM
By Keith Melton

River GreetIn England, water companies have pumped raw sewage into waterways 772,000 times in the last two years. The one thousand discharges a day is entirely legal in extreme weather events.

In the past such events were relatively rare. With the weather changing, local torrential downpours occur more and more frequently, leading to flooding and storm water overflows.

In 2020 and 2021, Severn Trent Water dumped raw sewage into rivers and becks 12,000 times. During that time water companies made a staggering £2.7 billion in operating profits with executives receiving £27.6 million in bumper bonuses, benefits and incentives.

In Parliament, Liberal Democrats have introduced a Sewage Discharge Bill. This would set mandatory targets and timescale for ending sewage discharges into rivers, becks and coastal waters. Since the Government has repeatedly promised to take action,will it support the Bill?

National Chair of the Green Liberal Democrats, Keith Melton, who lives locally, has called for legislation which requires Water companies to invest much more to combat raw sewage overflows. Keith added that "Water Company profits need to be invested in community protection, rather than given away as bonuses to Managers and Directors"

River Greet Pollution

Meanwhile, close to home, it seems that we have the same problem as many other locations in the country when it comes to river and watercourse pollution. The River Greet and other local streams have experienced numerous occasions during the last two years when raw sewage entered the watercourse and on more than 100 occasions there has been a discharge from the Sewage Works near the Racecourse.

There is an ongoing investigation by the Environment Agency so anyone noticing future discharges in their area can report this.
Please help to get this stopped: Ring 0800 783 4444 with the date, time and place that you notice the pollution.