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Cutting sewage spills may be far cheaper than UK ministers predict, say experts

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Government claims that cutting the millions of hours a year of raw sewage being discharged into rivers by water companies would cost up to £660bn have been challenged by experts. On Tuesday night, peers kept the press...

What does a stream of raw sewage symbolise? Broken Brexit promises, for one

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I remember the good ol’ days, when we weren’t always lurching from one crisis to another and we had time to wonder why the EU’s clean-beach legislation hadn’t done more for its popularity. Maybe people just didn’t car...

Aeroplane toilets: how concerned should we be about the chance of airborne sewage?

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Name: Aeroplane toilets. Location: At the back, sometimes in the middle – and at the front if you are rich enough. Aeroplanes … remind me again? People used to travel on them, sometimes for holidays. Oh yes, I had al...

Sewage could leave Windermere lake ‘ecologically dead’

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Windermere could become “ecologically dead” because of the amount of sewage being pumped into its waters, campaigners have warned. Pictures show algal blooms across the surface of the lake. Campaigners say there is al...

Heatwaves, sewage, pesticides: why England’s rivers need a ‘new deal’ to avert crisis

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England’s rivers are facing a crisis from climate change, agricultural pollution and lack of effective planning controls. That is the key warning of Water UK, the industry group that represents the nation’s water supp...

Samantha Bee on climate crisis: ‘Every sewage worker should be paid $3bn a year’

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Late-night hosts joined forced for an initiative to educate viewers on the damage being wrought by the climate crisis, something that the Full Frontal host Samantha Bee said was “slowly making the planet uninhabitabl...

Government failing to stop sewage discharge into English rivers, says charity

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One of the first complaints lodged with the post-Brexit environmental watchdog accuses the government and Ofwat of failing to enforce the law to stop water companies from routinely discharging raw sewage into rivers. ...

Government eases sewage discharge rules amid chemical shortage

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Sewage treatment chemicals have been added to the growing list of products in short supply because of the UK’s chronic lorry driver shortage, it has emerged. The government has told wastewater plants they may be able ...

LA beaches close after 17m gallons of untreated sewage discharged into bay

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Seventeen million gallons of untreated sewage were discharged into California’s Santa Monica Bay between Sunday evening and early Monday morning, spurring beach closures, as well as criticism of how health officials n...

Why are water companies pumping Britain’s seas full of filthy sewage? Because they can

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What’s remarkable is not that a water company knowingly and deliberately poured billions of litres of raw sewage into the sea to cut its costs. What’s remarkable is that the Environment Agency investigated and prosecu...

Water industry in England failing on raw sewage pollution, Environment Agency finds

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The water industry in England is failing to cut pollution from spills of raw sewage into rivers and coastal waters, the Environment Agency has said. Southern Water, which was fined a record £90m last week for dumping ...

‘The sea was milky white’: how the Southern Water sewage scandal unfolded

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The town of Whitstable sits on the north Kent coast, home to the oysters that have brought it worldwide fame from waters that are some of the most protected in Europe. Celebrities, royals, tourists and locals flock to...

Southern Water fined £90m for deliberately pouring sewage into sea

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Southern Water has been fined £90m for deliberately dumping billions of litres of raw sewage into protected seas over several years for its own financial gain. Mr Justice Jeremy Johnson, sentencing the privatised wate...

New Yorkers fled to the Hamptons in 2020 – and sparked a major sewage crisis

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Growing up in Southampton, Bryan McGowin spent his summers swimming in a beautiful local pond. Now in his 40s, McGowin won’t let his kids into the water. “If you drink that now, you will get sick,” said McGowin. Acros...

Ghislaine Maxwell subjected to raw sewage in New York jail, lawyer says

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Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite fighting federal sex trafficking charges in New York, remains subjected to raw sewage, water deprivation, “hyper-surveillance” by overbearing guards and other unacceptable trea...

Illegal sewage discharge in English rivers 10 times higher than official data suggests

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Water companies are being allowed to unlawfully discharge raw sewage into rivers at a scale at least 10 times greater than Environment Agency prosecutions indicate, according to analysis to be presented to the governm...

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