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Hundreds take to the water in mass protest in opposition to sewage air pollution

Protesters throughout the nation took to the water on Saturday in a mass protest in opposition to sewage air pollution blighting UK waterways. 

Motion came about at greater than 30 occasions throughout the UK, with campaigners venting their frustration at Britain’s sewage disaster, holding placards that learn “deja poo we’ve heard this crap earlier than!” and “fishes not feaces”. 

Marketing campaign group Surfers In opposition to Sewage (SAS) organised the coordinated ‘paddle out’ as 1000’s took to their kayaks, paddle boards and surfboards to ship a transparent message to water corporations – that folks have had sufficient of sewage air pollution in Britain’s waterways.

In Brighton, Olympic gold medalist Dame Kelly Holmes joined protesters on the seaside after discovering the water the place she incessantly went paddle boarding was in a “disgusting” situation. 

Untreated sewage dumped into England’s rivers and the ocean greater than doubled in 2023, the Surroundings Company discovered, with report numbers of discharges flowing into bathing waters.

Water corporations have been blamed by charities for failing to put money into broken infrastructure or to repair leaky pipes, because the variety of sewage spills in England rose from 1.74m hours in 2022 to three.6m hours the subsequent 12 months. 

Talking to Sky Information, Daniella Jordan from SAS stated they noticed an apology from the water trade following the marketing campaign group’s day of motion final 12 months, nonetheless she added that this hadn’t translated into motion.

Jordan stated: “We’ve seen little apart from good phrases up thus far. There are guarantees to make funding however we’re calling on Ofwat to be sure that funding is in the precise place, on the precise issues, and on the scale that we want to verify we truly see cleaner rivers and cleaner seashores.” 

She added: “Phrases are nice however what we actually must see is motion.”

SAS have demanded an finish to sewage discharge into UK bathing waters by 2030, and have inspired the general public to signal a letter calling for the chair of Ofwat, the water regulator, to guard and restore the waterways.

(Picture credit score: Sky Information / YouTube screenshot)

Hannah Davenport is information reporter at Left Foot Ahead

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