Most of England's sewage systems are overwhelmed, finds analysis
Figures on sewage overflows into rivers and seas in England show that 80 per cent of wastewater systems are regularly working over capacity
1 February 2023
Sewage is regularly being released into rivers and seas in England in part because of ageing wastewater systems that can’t cope with modern population numbers, according to researchers.
Raw sewage was released into English rivers 375,000 times in 2021. Water firms in England are only meant to discharge raw discharge into water during unusually high rainfall when there is a risk the system may be overwhelmed and effluent could back up into people’s homes. However, a report compiled by …