Water firms are failing to disclose how much sewage is being discharged into rivers, lakes and coastlines.
Environmental Information Requests by the Liberal Democrats revealed that water firms could be guitly of a scandalous cover up.
The staggering admission follows public outrage at water companies destroying the environment with sewage discharges. Currently, water firms only provide the length of sewage discharges, broken down by time. However, many of the monitoring stations are not working and so do not record the discharges.
Meanwhile large profits are being made and paid in dividends to shareholders and bonuses to the senior management whilst our rivers and seas become polluted.
Tax water companies' huge profits and bonuses. Fix our sewage system to have proper monitoring and no sewage dumping.
Sewage has been discharged into the streams and brooks in several parts of Derby.
Raw or partially treated sewage is harmful when it's released into the environment. It needs to be properly treated before it can be safely disposed of. Otherwise it can contaminate water, cause pollution, harm wildlife, and even result in the spread of disease.
Meanwhile the water utilities (in our case Severn Trent Water) continue to pay shareholders and senior executive bonuses rather than investing in the facilities needed to treat sewage rather than dumping it. The pattern of sewage dumping shows that this is not just a storm overflow problem and continued through the dry spells.