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Send this email to cut sewage pollution in London's rivers
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Mr Max M.
May 20, 2018
Mr thomas J.
May 17, 2018
Miss Diane W.
May 16, 2018
Mrs Lian L.
May 02, 2018
Thames Water wants customers to tell it what we think of its plan to tackle river pollution from plumbing misconnections London Waterkeeper knows much more must be done.
Thames Water’s draft Business Plan for 2020-2025 is out for consultation now. London Waterkeeper wants a fivefold increase in efforts to stop sewage reaching rivers, not the trebling proposed in the Plan. If you send the email on this page it will go to Thames Water but also the Environment Agency and the water industry regulator Ofwat and form part of the formal decision process. The closing date for responses is the 29th April 2018.
Misconnections are when properties connect a toilet, sink, washing machine, or a dishwasher to a drain that leads to a river. This is illegal of course – polluting rivers is a criminal offence. But most people don’t know if their home is breaking the law and pouring raw sewage into a precious river. In London there are almost 100,000 properties doing this. It’s only obvious when all these drains pour from the outfall at the river.
A recent report by the Zoological Society of London says there are more than 1,000 drains spewing sewage into watercourses in London (Thames Water worked on the project with ZSL). Many rivers flow through parks which means there’s a chance of people and dogs coming into contact with human sewage.
Thames Water has a good system for finding out which homes are misconnected. When people are told, 90% of them quickly sort it out. The next Business Plan must have the appropriate amount of investment in the problem. The ZSL says we need “A five-fold increase in investment by Thames Water in tracing, identifying and remedying misconnections in the next AMP period 2020 – 2025.“