Our own investigation has also revealed Welsh Water has been using their emergency overflows recklessly (and potentially illegally), discharging from Gwbert pumping station 24 times in the last two years. They’re using their assets however they like, regardless of permit and regardless of the impact on the environment.
Across the UK, sewage pollution issues are intricate and complex, but we can all relate to is the amount of shit flooding into rivers and seas on a daily basis. The UK as a whole saw untreated sewage gush onto beaches and inland beauty spots at least 399,864 times last year.
From Thurso to Fistral, Cardiff to Belfast, the symptoms are the same, our wildlife and ecosystems are suffering and people are getting sick.
This year we received 1,924 sickness reports from water users who got ill after entering the water. From Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales to England, people are suffering from the same issues after entering contaminated water. Some were sick for a day, some a week and some, sadly, are now suffering from chronic illness.
We’ve heard from many brave water lovers in this report who have come forward to share their stories and urge for change from governments, regulators and water companies on sewage and other water pollutants.