Backlash as MPs fail to support sewage ban
The Herald|October 27, 2021
CONSERVATIVE MPs are trying to damp down a social media backlash after MPs rejected a proposal from the House of Lords to end raw sewage being dumped in rivers and seas.
ED OLDFIELD

The vote caused an outcry and has put a spotlight on the ongoing pollution of waterways in England, where no river is in good overall health.

Water companies are allowed to discharge untreated sewage into rivers and the sea in extreme weather to avoid the system backing up.

That happened 400,000 times last year in England, including on 42,000 occasions by South West Water, which operates in Devon and Cornwall.

Environmental campaigners, including Surfers Against Sewage, want the discharges which harm water quality to end.

They say it is happening too often and more investment is needed to modernise the system by water companies which make huge profits and pay billions in dividends to shareholders.

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