Thames Water - Stop dumping sewage in our rivers

Thames Water - Stop dumping sewage in our rivers

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Mark Hull started this petition to Oxfordshire County Council (The Leader)

Bearing in mind that in 2019

·       314 of the 377 sewage treatment works (STW) owned by Thames Water discharged raw sewage into the river Thames at some stage

·       The average Thames Water STW spilled sewage 25 times for a total of 289 hours (12 24-hour days)

·       Roehampton STW discharged untreated sewage into the river Thames for nine months (269 continuous days worth)

·       The Oxfordshire village of Clanfield’s STW overflowed for 172 consecutive days from October 2019 to April 2020

·       62 Thames Water STWs in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire Oxfordshire, and Berkshire discharged untreated sewage for periods lasting more than a week (168 hours) into waters which eventually flow into the river Thames as it passes through Henley-on-Thames, 74 STWs discharged for similar lengths below Henley, and 178 across the Thames basin discharged for less than a week

·       This sustained pollution of the river Thames comes not just from cities and towns like Oxford, Swindon, Witney, Abingdon, Didcot, Banbury, Bicester, Lechlade, Marlborough, Wantage and Newbury, but also world-renowned tourist sites like Bourton-On-The-Water and wildlife habitats like Otmoor

It is clear that Thames Water regards discharging untreated sewage into the river Thames as unfortunate but essential Business As Usual, and so we ask the Leader of Oxfordshire County Council to write to the Chair of Thames Water asking Thames Water to

1.       notify all relevant authorities of the locations where untreated sewage is expected to be released in time for them to warn river users of the possible presence of human waste in the river

2.       commit to installing before 2030 sufficient treatment capacity for the needs expected then in all waters receiving Thames Water’s wastewaters, so that all untreated sewage discharges cease by 2030

3.       support Oxford City Council's request that a location on the river Thames in Oxford receive Designated Bathing Water Status

4.       commit to ending all tankering of untreated sewage effluent by 2025, except after catastrophic failures or one-in-a-hundred year events.

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