Stop Breaking the Law:
Water companies are only legally allowed to use overflows to discharge untreated sewage in exceptional circumstances. We know however that many companies are breaking this law and using these overflows even in dry weather. This must stop.
- Will you please just stop breaking the law?
- How do you decide what is classed as exceptional circumstances, because your routine pollution doesn’t look very exceptional?
Stop Pollution for Profit:
We all know that water companies have been polluting for profit. Last year water companies paid out £965 million to shareholders and £16.5 million to CEOS whilst polluting on average 800 times a day. We want to know when water companies will put their customers and the environment ahead of filling the pockets of shareholders and execs.
- Do you consider the impact on human health, the environment, or the local economy when you are deciding whether to pay out massive bonus to shareholders?
- How will you make sure that money isn’t hived off to shareholders but instead reinvested into delivering environmental improvements?
Nature Based Solutions:
Instead of pouring loads of concrete and just building bigger and bigger storage tanks we want water companies to start working with nature to fix sewage pollution. Creating and restoring wetlands, tree planting and even making our rivers windier, can all slow the flow of water into the sewage system, thus stopping the need to use overflows all the time. It does all this whilst also helping to increase biodiversity, trap carbon and reduce flood risk.
- How much have you invested in nature-based solutions? What percentage of investment is that?
- How do you assess the co benefits of nature-based solutions can provide to the community and environment?
We want to know how ambitious your water company is trying to be. We know the government have set legal targets, but these should be the bare minimum not a cap on ambition.
- When will you end untreated discharges affecting bathing waters and places were people use the water?
- When will you end untreated discharges affecting protected nature sites?
The monitoring of sewage pollution has got way better in the last couple of years thanks to your tireless campaigning. But we still don’t have monitoring all around the country. And the info we do have is super complicated and is largely not available in real-time.
- When will 100% of all Sewage discharges be monitored, including emergency overflow pipes and treated sewage, so we know the full-scale impact?
- When will you start monitoring the impact of your overflows on our rivers and seas?