• A fresh wave of sewage pollution reaches the beaches of Britain

    Warnings about pollution are in effect on more than 100 British beaches following the discharge of untreated sewage that was discharged into the ocean.

    These warnings are posted within the Safer Seas and Rivers Service, which is operated by the charitable organization Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) and is based warnings on water firms' information.

    The discharges can be permitted, for instance, in the event of heavy rainfall in order to prevent the sewage system from becoming overloaded.

    There is growing public outrage over their effects on beaches and rivers.

    SAS Director General Hugo Tagholm told the BBC that the discharges took place following just one "slightest hint" of Rain.

    He criticized the water companies making use of combined sewer overflows. They are intended to release rainwater and sewage in the event of severe Rain.

    "Do they think this is a joke? Do they not realise how much anger there is about their profiteering and pollution?" He asked.

    In the House of Commons, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas demanded that the government "cut the crap" and return the "failing" water industry to public ownership.

    Over the past 24 hours, one company called Southern Water (SW) - has released untreated sewage into more than 30 bathing areas which include the well-known bathing resorts in Bognor Regis, Hastings, and Cowes.

    The SW's statistics also reveal that it has released untreated waters on numerous occasions over the start of September. The storm drain pipes located in Southsea East and Stokes Bay discharged for more than 24 hours.

    According to law, these kinds of discharges from sewage are legal, however, only for "exceptional" circumstances.

    In a press release, Southern Water said: "Rain can overwhelm the combined sewer and drainage system which exists in many parts of our region. To protect homes, schools and businesses from flooding, storm overflows act as a release valve and release excess water into the sea. These discharges are heavily diluted, typically being 95% rainwater. There are around 15,000 storm overflows in England and approximately 1,000 in our region."

    What is the reason that raw sewage gets pumped into the ocean?

    The most stringent sewage targets have been set for England

    As of now, in the meantime, it is reported that the Environment Agency is warning people not to swim in the more than fifty bathing locations throughout England due to the low quality of the water.

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency currently has water quality warnings of poor quality in 18 of its bathing areas, and Natural Resources Wales has three water quality warnings currently in place.

    In an urgent debate during the Commons on Tuesday, The Secretary of the Environment George Eustice said discharges of raw sewage into the waterways would be reduced by about a quarter in 2025.

    "This is the first government to set a clear requirement on water companies to reduce the harm caused by sewage discharges and we've set this in law through the Environment Act," he added.

    Caroline Lucas accused ministers of "going backwards" on the question.

    "We have a so-called plan that allows water companies to continue polluting until 2035 in areas with significant importance to human and ecological health and until 2050 elsewhere, that's sanctioning almost 30 years more of pollution," she stated.

    Updated on 1:26-am September 10,2022

    Tags: Sewage, pollution, beaches, water pollution