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Urgent Action needed to tackle pollution in our waterways

In September the Environment Bill was passed in the House of Lords including an amendment to clause 80 which will place a duty on sewerage undertakers to take all reasonable steps to ensure untreated sewage is not discharged from storm overflows into our waters.

BUT the amendment will be debated in the House of Commons on 21st October and we need your help to ensure it’s accepted.

Take Action: Contact your MP using the ACTION PAGE and ask them to support this critical amendment.

British Canoeing has been working with the #EndSewagePollutionCoalition campaigning for the amendments to bring an end to raw sewage being discharged into England’s inland and coastal waters.

Chantelle Grundy, Access and Environment Officer at British Canoeing, said:

"It’s great to see the amendment put forward to end untreated sewage pollution in our rivers and coastal waters receiving huge public and political support. 

"BUT it is essential that we all lobby our MP’s to ensure that the practice of discharging untreated sewage pollution in our rivers and coastal waters which threatens the health of recreational users ends.

"I would urge all paddlers to lobby their MP on this issue over the weekend to ensure the House of Commons accepts this critical amendment next week."

The government has made some really important changes to the Environment Bill:

  • Water companies now have to provide real-time information to the public all year round when a CSO discharges
  • Water companies have to monitor and report the effect that discharges have on water quality
  • The government have also committed to make a plan to tackle sewage pollution

But it’s essential the amendment place a duty on sewerage undertakers to take all reasonable steps to ensure untreated sewage is not discharged from storm overflows is retained.

Full details of the amendment are here: https://votes.parliament.uk/Votes/Lords/Division/2576

Clear Access, Clear Waters continues to lobby for clean waters, free from untreated sewage pollution for all to enjoy find out more here.