Water company dumped sewage 8,014 times in rivers last year

2 Mar 2023

New figures released by the Environment Agency show Thames Water, the water company for London discharged sewage into waterways a staggering 8,014 times last year. 

The sewage discharges by Thames Water lasted 74,693 hours.

The Government allows water companies to discharge raw sewage into rivers, lakes and coastlines following a storm. This includes sewage being pumped into bathering water areas and wildlife habitats. 

Edward Lucas has called for a ban on these sewage discharges in protected waters, as well as a ban on water company executives being paid multi-million pound bonuses. 

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