Lack of action on Sewage Dumping will lead to a Conservative “reckoning at ballot box”.

21 Apr 2024
Dirty Water Pouring out of Pipes

Sewage was dumped into rivers in Wyre Forest Consitiency for 669 hours in 2023, new figures have revealed as Conservatives warned of “reckoning at ballot box”.

The analysis is based on official data from the Environment Agency, compiled by the House of Commons Library for the Liberal Democrats. It shows sewage was dumped into the River Severn and River Stour on 279 separate occasions in 2023. 

This is a 33%increase in the number of sewage spills, up from 210 in 2022.

Last year, sewage was dumped into England’s rivers over 460,000 times for a total of over 3.6 million hours in 2023.

9 in 10 constituencies in England saw a rise in the duration of sewage dumping and 90% saw a rise in the number of spills in 2023 compared to the previous year.

The Liberal Democrats have led the way in campaigning against sewage dumping for years. The party is calling for strict measures including replacing Ofwat with a tougher regulator, a ban on bonuses for water company bosses whose firms have dumped sewage into waterways and the declaration of a national environmental emergency.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the Wyre Forest Shazu Miah said:

“It is disgusting that there has been such a sharp rise in Severn Trent pumping their filthy sewage into our area’s rivers.

“Come the election, this government faces a reckoning at the ballot box from people fed up with this sewage scandal.

“The Liberal Democrats have led the way for years in campaigning for tougher action to stop this filthy practice. We want to see a tougher water regulator, an end to bonuses for polluting water company bosses and stronger protections for our local environment.”

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