Government failing to stop sewage discharge into English rivers, says charity

Government failing to stop sewage discharge into English rivers, says charity

Water companies let raw sewage into English waters more than 400,000 times in 2020, Environment Agency data reveals

One of the first complaints lodged with the post-Brexit environmental watchdog accuses the government and Ofwat of failing to enforce the law to stop water companies from routinely discharging raw sewage into rivers.

The office for environmental protection (OEP) is being asked to investigate why water companies have been able to continually fail to meet duties placed on them by law to treat sewage. The secretary of state for the environment, George Eustice, and the financial regulator, Ofwat, had failed to enforce the law, the complaint said.

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