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Stop Sewage Dumping

in Horsham District and across the UK.

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Water companies dumped sewage 947 times in 2021 into the rivers and streams in Horsham District. That's equivalent to 10,063 hours, or dumping sewage constantly in at least one location, non-stop, all year long.

The map below highlights sewage pollution locations across Horsham District, using data from the Rivers Trust.

Updates:

25 Jan 2023

Horsham MP Jeremy Quin was among 292 Conservative MPs who backed a new target which allows water companies to dump harmful substances in our rivers until 2038, continuing to vote for The Environment Act, as it passes through Parliament.

5 Jan 2023

‘Streams as toilets’: Thames Water’s real-time map shows scale of sewage dumps, and includes one site at Rusper in Horsham District.

16 Nov 2022

If water firms charge customers to treat sewage, but instead have been widely discharging it in to rivers and on to beaches, new research asks whether Water customers may be owed £163m for sewage spills.

6 Nov 2022

"Conservative MPs have utterly failed to stand up for their constituents. They have let water companies make vast profits – while getting away with dumping their filthy sewage." - Sir Ed Davey's Lib Dem Leader Speech

5 Nov 2022

How can the "pointless regulator" Ofwat label water companies as "top performers" when these same 'Top performing' water firms dumped sewage into rivers 177,000 times'.

3 Nov 2022

Southern Water's Beachbuoy interactive map shows that Southern Water sewage released at 9 beaches across Sussex coast after heavy rain drenches county. Meanwhile we're still waiting for inland live-reporting.

11 Aug 2022

Plan to reduce sewage in rivers is shelved by the Government Ministers promised to publish the strategy by September, but Defra now says it will be released ‘in due course’

18 Apr 2022

How to turn England’s rivers from filthy sewers into shining streams: how community action can work

6 Apr 2022

Lib Dems put sewage at heart of campaign "some Tory election material on social media has misleadingly accused the Lib Dems of “voting against a legal duty to clean up rivers”. Lib Dem MPs opposed the government’s plans in favour of stronger legal duties backed by opposition parties."

6 Apr 2022

The Rivers Trust has updated its Sewage Map to include the latest 2021 data. "Is your river fit to play in?"

16 Mar 2022

"Water companies have yet to complete a single improvement under the government’s scheme for tackling the worst sewage overflows, almost four years after it was launched to clean up rivers, an analysis of official records reveals."

2 Mar 2022

Environment Agency downgrading 93% of prosecutions for serious pollution - Exclusive: leaked internal report adds to concerns cutbacks have undermined England’s regulator

15 Feb 2022

Some of the UK’s most popular wild swimming spots awash with dangerous levels of toxic bacteria - Waterways where hundreds of people swim on sunny days are often tainted with sewage, ‘citizen science’ reveals

21 Oct 2021

KEY VOTE on a Lords Amendment to the Environment Bill that would have placed legal duties on the companies to reduce discharges. While our MP Jeremy Quin was missing in action, 265 of his fellow Conservative members voted to keep dumping raw sewage. "Here’s a list of every MP who just voted to ALLOW water companies to continue dumping RAW SEWAGE in our rivers".

16 Oct 2021

Southern Water described as having high level ""institutionalised culture of cover-ups" at Environment Agency enquiry. BBC report "Southern Water: Illegal spills the fault of a 'small number' of staff".