Water firms discharged raw sewage into English waters 400,000 times last year

5th Apr, 2021

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Countries are legally obliged to treat sewage before it is released into waterways. Photograph: Travelarium/Alamy

Water companies discharged raw sewage into rivers and coastal waters in England more than 400,000 times last year, Environment Agency (EA) data has revealed. Untreated human effluent poured into rivers and seas for a total of 3.1m hours via storm overflow pipes that are supposed to be used only in extreme weather to relieve pressure in the sewage system.

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