Britain’s rivers are being ruined by thousands of sewage spills
An assignment for Helsingin Sanomat about the national scandal of water companies discharging untreated sewage that is polluting Britain’s rivers, lakes & coastline.
Data recently released from the Environment Agency showed there was an average of 825 sewage spills per day into England’s waterways in 2022.
According to Greenpeace England’s nine water and sewerage companies had the worst environmental performance for years in 2021. Serious pollution incidents rose to their highest level since 2013. And six water companies were in need of “significant improvement” after ratings of 2 stars or less.
We visited the campaign group Windrush Against Sewage Pollution (WASP) in Whitney and met founder Ash Smith & retired professor Peter Hammond, the pair have a strong reputation for holding water companies to account for illegal sewage discharge.