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Wild swimming? Think again

(228 Posts)
Whitewavemark2 Wed 20-Oct-21 17:04:47

Tories are set to reject the move to stop the water companies from discharging raw sewage into our rivers.

Blossoming Wed 20-Oct-21 17:10:17

www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/20/mps-set-to-reject-move-to-make-water-firms-cut-sewage-discharges

JaneJudge Wed 20-Oct-21 17:20:02

Poor wildlife sad

Shinamae Wed 20-Oct-21 17:21:15

Unbelievable 😔

Whitewavemark2 Wed 20-Oct-21 17:22:16

JaneJudge

Poor wildlife sad

That’s what I think. What about the beavers, ratty and otters, fish, invertebrates, plants

Profit above all. .

Skydancer Wed 20-Oct-21 17:23:02

Seriously I cannot believe what you've said!! It's absolutely unbelievable!

M0nica Wed 20-Oct-21 17:56:17

DD wild swims in a local lake, so should be free of sewage.

Whitewavemark2 Wed 20-Oct-21 17:58:20

M0nica

DD wild swims in a local lake, so should be free of sewage.

Nitrates?

varian Wed 20-Oct-21 18:20:27

Last Xmas day our next door neighbour (wearing a wetsuit) swam in our pond.

vegansrock Wed 20-Oct-21 18:57:32

I swim in a local lake but the state of our rivers and water ways are a disgrace. Only 16% reach EU standards of cleanliness- still that doesn’t matter does it!

Kali2 Thu 21-Oct-21 16:24:21

Why are our resident GN Tories not here to massively approve of the great idea, I wonder?

Chardy Thu 21-Oct-21 16:30:50

Here on south coast, Southern Water is a bit of a joke. £90m fine (no doubt my money, not the shareholders') recently, and apparently they've been discharging into the sea again. No doubt they're not the only ones

Kali2 Thu 21-Oct-21 17:09:56

As chemicals for water purification are getting very difficult to import, this is increase hugely. Why are people not up in arms about this?

TerriBull Thu 21-Oct-21 17:43:32

I remember when David Walliams did a sponsored swim along the Thames very near where we lived and became very ill soon after. He wasn't alone, often saw people swim in the river in the summer, not advisable Weil's disease to mention just one health hazard!

Josianne Thu 21-Oct-21 18:02:16

My eldest son frequently canoes in rivers. The way to avoid Weil's disease is apparently to drink loads of coca cola.
I agree, poor wildlife.

Kali2 Sat 23-Oct-21 12:57:21

What is happening is a real disgrace and the Governement intend to stop any attempt to put an end to this.

www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/19666314.not-swim-sewage-emptied-water-17-dorset-beaches/

Kali2 Sat 23-Oct-21 12:58:28

And yes, it is directly related to Brexit - and the fact that Johnson and co are prepared to protect the big businesses that now run those essential Water Companies.

Josianne Sat 23-Oct-21 13:01:32

What I don't get is why our Devon MP isn't bothered to change this for the greater good. Grrrr.

Baggs Sat 23-Oct-21 13:02:47

An ornithologist acquaintence up here in Argyll says that one of the reasons eider duck populations are falling is because there isn't enough sewage in the waters they frequent. I asked him what kind of sewage and he said "human". I guess the organisms that eiders feed on need fertilising.

Have to say I was quite surprised by this information.

I have a friend to swims regularly in our wee loch where there also happens to be a good population of eiders some years.

Baggs Sat 23-Oct-21 13:03:36

Kali2

And yes, it is directly related to Brexit - and the fact that Johnson and co are prepared to protect the big businesses that now run those essential Water Companies.

Southern Water has been rubbish for at least a couple of decades.

grannyactivist Sat 23-Oct-21 13:43:58

Our family are all keen on water sports; my husband kayaks and windsurfs, our daughter and her family are regular paddleboarders, our eldest son is an open water swimmer (sea and river), and our youngest son is a keen snorkeller. We live within throwing distance of a river and the sea is a ten minute walk away.

My local MP has publicly bemoaned the state of water pollution and had photo ops on beach cleans etc. - and yet voted with the government against the much needed protections for our rivers and seas. As far as I’m concerned this is evidence of his hypocrisy and a shameful lack of integrity.

Petera Sat 23-Oct-21 14:13:43

Whitewavemark2

Tories are set to reject the move to stop the water companies from discharging raw sewage into our rivers.

Every single MP who voted to reject was a 'Conservative'

vegansrock Sat 23-Oct-21 14:28:03

This is something those in Tory constituencies should write to their MPs about.

GagaJo Sat 23-Oct-21 14:34:23

It's as if they are actively seeking to hasten pollution and global warming. F-ing idiots.

Callistemon Sat 23-Oct-21 14:37:39

ITV has made a series about this:

www.itv.com/news/central/2021-10-19/itvnews-investigation-environment-river-pollution-whats-killing-the-wye