aSewage companies in the UK have come under increasing criticism for water pollution. Many systems that monitor sewage discharge into lakes, rivers and oceans are not working or installed as intended, according to an analysis of Environment Agency data by opposition Liberal Democrats. On Monday night it said nearly a quarter of all sewage was left unsupervised last year.
Recently, pollution warnings have been issued for many beaches in England and Wales. Photos and videos show how sewage is released on popular beaches.
Environmental activist Stanley Johnson, father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, sharply criticized the government in an interview with his daughter Rachel Johnson on radio station LBC. It didn’t do enough to hold companies accountable. Liberal Democrats environmental policy spokesman Tim Farone accused the companies of serious failure. “This is a national scam and it smacks of the new number one cover-up,” Farone said. “Britain’s seaside resorts are overflowing with polluted sewage, but the government is not showing up.”
The opposition Labor Party, citing data from the Environment Agency, previously announced that the amount of untreated sewage increased nearly 30-fold between 2016 and 2021.
Responsible Secretary of State Steve Double called on companies to radically reduce the amount of untreated sewage. The government has already taken several measures to address the problem and improve water quality. A spokesman for Anglian Water said the company had invested hundreds of millions of pounds and that almost all bathing beaches in the area were doing well. Initially there was no comment from other companies.