Water companies pumped sewage into our rivers and seas more than 1 million times over the past three years. The Conservatives are letting them get away with it. Water companies need to clean up their own mess and stop dumping sewage in our water.
The sheer quantity of raw sewage being dumped into Britain’s rivers and coastal areas is a scandal and a disgrace.
Everyone should be able to enjoy the wonderful natural beauties our country has to offer, with open green spaces and blue rivers. But the Conservatives are neglecting our natural environment and letting water companies get away with pouring millions of tonnes of sewage into our rivers.
In the last two years, across England and Wales, there have been almost a million sewage discharges, lasting more than 7 million hours in total. Meanwhile, the top water company executives took home £51 million in remuneration, including more than £30 million in bonuses.
It’s time for the Government to stop ignoring the sewage scandal and take action.
Conservative MPs have ignored the Liberal Democrat calls for a sewage tax and a ban on bonuses for the bosses responsible. They even voted against tougher action on sewage dumping, and the Government plans to let it continue until 2050.
And Ofwat – the water regulator – has become the powerless accomplice in the Conservatives’ environmental crimes. That has to change. So the Liberal Democrats are calling for Ofwat to be abolished and replaced with a tough new independent regulator with real powers to protect our beaches and rivers from sewage dumps.
It's time for sewage tax on £2.2 billion water company annual profits, a ban on water company executive bonuses, and it's time for the Government to start dealing with this issue properly.
We the undersigned call on the Government to take action to stop raw sewage being dumped in our local rivers. We support Liberal Democrat policies to impose a sewage tax on £2.2 billion water company annual profits, a ban on water company executive bonuses, and to create a proper independent regulator with real powers to impose unlimited fines, make water companies invest their profits in fixing our sewage system and reducing leaks and if necessary prosecute companies who fail to meet their legal duties.