Make reducing sewage pollution a legal requirement in the UK

Make reducing sewage pollution a legal requirement in the UK

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Ed Acteson started this petition to UK Parliament and

Time is running out to stop the scandalous levels of sewage pollution which devastates our marine environment, poses a dire risk to public health, contaminates local shellfish industries and threatens coastal economies.

We are supporting an amendment to the Environment Bill which will address the ongoing issue of privatised water companies pumping billions of litres raw sewage into the seas and rivers of the UK. There were more than 400,000 sewage discharges, or 100,000 hours of continuous spill, in 2020 alone. Sadly, the problem is getting worse, not better.

UK water companies have underinvested in infrastructure for decades and continue to prioritise profit for their shareholders, over the health of their customers. Unless the law changes and compels them to clean up their act, nothing will change.

The Environment Bill may be the last chance to address this catastrophe which will only get worse with increased housing development and the impact of climate change.

By signing this petition, you are pledging your support for the Duke of Wellington's Amendment, which introduces sensible legal requirements on water companies to progressively improve the sewerage and drainage systems. It also ensures that this is delivered by progressively separating the surface water drainage system from the sewerage system.

It’s not a lot to ask but without your help, it won’t happen.

For further information, contact Ed Acteson at info@soswhitstable.com

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