Channel 4 exposes the filthy cost of England’s privatised water as Scottish Water stays clean and trusted

2020
Talking-Up Scotland II Fact Check https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/

by John Watson Robertson

The Tusker [Talking-up Scotland Collective]

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Story idea: David Nicol

In a disturbing piece on Channel 4 News last night, we heard:

Untreated sewage is being released into rivers across England and Wales – perfectly legally – and campaigners are calling it a ‘dirty little secret’. This programme has now obtained exclusive figures showing how often and for how long it’s happening. Water companies are allowed to release a mixture of rainwater and sewage through special overflow pipes during spells of heavy rain – but we’ve discovered that during 2018 – there were 140,000 spills, lasting a total of 900,000 hours.

https://www.channel4.com/news/900000-hours-of-human-sewage-and-rainwater-flow-into-uk-rivers-every-year-revealed

The disaster of water privatisation in England:

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2015 data

According to theEnvironment Agencyreported on the BBC UK website last July:

[In England] there were 56 serious pollution incidents last year [2018], rising from 52 in 2017,the agency’s annual report said. Only…

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