Beach sewage dumps in England not monitored well

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Water utilities in the United Kingdom have been accused of not adequately monitoring the discharge of sewage in well-known seaside resorts. The Liberal Democrats’ examination of the available data revealed that a significant number of monitoring devices either had not been placed or did not function “90% of the time.” According to the Liberal Democrats, the statistics showed that a quarter of sewage discharges were not monitored in the previous year due to a shortage of monitors or defects in the monitors themselves.


Companies that deal with water have maintained that they are dedicated to addressing the problem. According to an analysis of data provided by the Environment Agency, a monitor in Seaford, East Sussex, which has a beach that is frequented by swimmers and families, was only operational for one-third of the time. Last week, beaches in East Sussex had to be closed because untreated wastewater was being dumped into the sea near the shoreline. This caused Southern Water to be compelled to issue an apology to the public.

After an overwhelming amount of rainfall, the sewer systems in England and Wales were overloaded, which resulted in the issuance of pollution alerts at more than 40 beaches and swimming spots. A few of the beaches that have bathing water status, such as Littlehampton in West Sussex and Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire, were cited as sources of particular worry by the Lib Dems, who claimed that certain Event Duration Monitoring (EDM) devices had not been installed at all on those beaches.

According to what they found, one out of every eight of the sewage monitors that South West Water has installed at designated swimming places in Devon and Cornwall were either broken or had not been installed at all. Bathing water status is awarded to sites where ministers anticipate “a considerable number of people bathing” based on trends that have been observed in the past.

According to the Environment Agency, untreated sewage was discharged into rivers and coastal areas approximately 375,000 times in 2021. This number represents a decrease of 25,000 over the previous year. According to the organization, the total number of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) monitored across the network will climb from 800 in 2016 to more than 12,000 in 2020. According to what was found, all 15,000 of them will have them by the end of 2023. The administration had previously stated that it hoped to eliminate 160,000 sewage spills by 2040 and reduce discharges into bathing waters by 70% by 2035.At the beginning of this week, the Minister of Water, Steve Double, made the following statement: “We are the first government to take measures to prevent sewage spills.” The work to prevent sewage overflows is moving along at a rapid rate.

According to Dr. Imogen Napper, a postdoctoral researcher in marine pollution at the University of Plymouth, “greater investment and accountability is required from water corporations to guarantee that this environmental calamity is not repeated.” ” She said it is “environmental vandalism” for raw sewage to “enter our environment due to [companies] cutting corners and a lack of appropriate infrastructure.” “The protection of our environment and the community that enjoys it is paramount,” she said. “The protection of our environment is paramount.”

When all monitors were considered, not just those in locations with bathing status, the Lib Dem analysis found that Anglian Water had the worst record of any water company. This was because less than half (49%) of the water company’s sewage discharges were measured, either because a monitor was broken or because one was never installed. After this, South West Water (at 30%) and Severn Trent Water (at 29%) were the next largest.

The prime minister’s father, Stanley Johnson, pointed the finger of blame at his son’s administration for the sewage crisis, claiming that more pressure should have been put on the issue. He made the connection between the issue and Brexit by saying that Britain’s beaches had been “cleaned up” when the country joined the European Union in 1973. A “very dangerous and terrible situation” awaits the United Kingdom in the event that the “EU push” is not provided, he continued.

According to Anglian Water and Southern Water, work has already been done to address the situation. This information was sent to BBC News. According to a statement made by Anglian Water, a spokesperson for the company, “all but three of the areas approved for bathing in our region are classified as acceptable or exceptional for bathing water quality, and all of them have EDM monitors mounted on them.” She also said that the organization was planning to have the devices put in “all CSOs by the end of 2023.”

A year ago, Conservative Members of Parliament defended themselves after 256 of their colleagues in the House of Lords voted with the government to reject an effort by the House of Commons to strengthen the Environment Bill. Peers wanted to make it a requirement for water companies and the government to demonstrate progressive reductions in the discharges of untreated sewage and make it a requirement for them to “take all reasonable steps” to avoid using combined sewer overflows. In addition, they wanted to make it a standard for them to “start taking all appropriate measures” to avoid using combined sewer overflows Some members of parliament thought the change didn’t need to be made, while others thought that dumping sewage into open water was better than letting it get into people’s homes or places of business. 


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