“Water companies’ dirty secrets exposed”
Our river and coastal waters are not doing very well, as recently reported:
EA report: in the South West, only one in every five rivers support a healthy ecology – Vision Group for Sidmouth
Coronavirus in untreated sewage “can remain infectious” – Vision Group for Sidmouth
With the likes of George Monbiot travelling to the River Wye – and making excoriating documentaries:
Britain’s rivers are suffocating to death | George Monbiot | The Guardian
Although the Environment Agency has been promised more powers:
Promise of cleaner rivers with more farm inspectors | News | The Times (paywall)
Surfers are not particularly enamoured of the current situation, as the latest newsletter from SAS shows:
Water companies? Wat’er load of 💩
There’s no place else to start, is there? Let’s recap the past fortnight in the murky world of UK water quality:
- 9 July – Southern Water slammed with record fine for sewage pollution
- 13 July – damning Environment Agency report showing that ZERO water companies met all their environmental expectations in 2015-2020
- And then… “Of all the swim spots, in all the beaches, in all the world, he had to paddle into mine…”
20 July – Hugo, our chief exec, swimming on a hot, bright, cloudless day, with no recent rainfall, finds himself in the middle of a sewage slick at Cligga Head, in north Cornwall. 💩 🤢 😡
South West Water’s response? They said it didn’t happen.
We don’t believe them, do you? Watch Hugo’s video, get angry and join our fight to #EndSewagePollution for good.
By now, you must know that our free Safer Seas & Rivers Service app lets you check for water quality alerts. But do you also know the app gives you the power to email your MP and water company boss directly and call them out on pollution? 📢 ✊
Make a big splash. Download now.
Surfers Against Sewage | Environmental charity tackling plastic pollution
Here is their report from 2020: