Sewage Discharged Into Rivers 400,000 Times In 2020

And United Utilities, the bane of our lives in West Lancashire, which operates in the North West, had the longest duration of spills.

Water companies discharged raw sewage into rivers in England more than 400,000 times in 2020, according to new figures published by the Environment Agency.

Untreated effluent, including human waste, wet wipes and condoms, was released into waterways for more than three million hours last year.

Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency, said that his organisation was “working actively with the water companies to ensure overflows are properly controlled”.

He also said that the harm they do to the environment needed to be stopped. But the Rivers Trust, an organisation which campaigns to protect river environments in England and Wales, said “This is a shocking volume of untreated contaminated wastewater reaching our rivers and shows that our current approach and infrastructure, managing storm water in particular, needs a radical overhaul”.

Pertinent quote “UU are in partnership with WLBC and advise on planning matters, should we be worried?” Most certainly. Equally as bad as each other!

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