Let's end sewage pollution now

 

Use the tool below to call on your MP to pipe up for our rivers when the Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill is debated in Parliament on the 13th November.

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Layla Moran

Philip Dunne MP is the main sponsor of this Bill and will be there on the 13th November. How about telling your friends and family to contact their MP?

Your MP has already pledged their support for the Bill but we really need them to show up for our rivers and attend the second reading debate on the 13th November.

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Dear Layla Moran,

Thank you for supporting The Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill, but to really make a difference I am urging you to show up for rivers on 13 November.

As you know storm overflows discharged raw sewage into our rivers for at least xxxx hours in 2019. (for more info visit https://arcg.is/1He0XL) This is putting the health of constituents like me at risk and damaging the natural environment.

As you know storm overflows discharged raw sewage into rivers in England at least 200,000 times in 2019. (for more info visit https://arcg.is/1He0XL) This is putting the health of constituents like me at risk and damaging the natural environment.

But, we have an opportunity to #EndSewagePollution NOW and restore blue spaces for people and nature.

Philip Dunne MP’s Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill (https://www.philipdunne.com/sewagebill3) will place a duty on water companies to ensure untreated sewage is not discharged into rivers and inland waters.

I’m calling on you, as my MP, to ensure the success of this world leading legislation by attending the Bill's second reading debate and voting for it on 13 November.

To find more about sewage pollution, the Bill and the other MPs who have pledged their support visit https://www.sas.org.uk/EndSewagePollution-SewageBill

Kind Regards

XXXXX

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Dear Layla Moran,

Thank you for supporting The Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill, but to really make a difference I am urging you to show up for rivers on 13 November.

As you know storm overflows continue to discharge raw sewage across the UK every year. For more info visit https://arcg.is/1He0XL

But, we have an opportunity to #EndSewagePollution NOW and restore blue spaces for people and nature.

Philip Dunne MP’s Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill (https://www.philipdunne.com/sewagebill3) has the chance to be a new gold standard in water quality legislation and will place duty on water companies in England to ensure untreated sewage is not discharged into rivers and inland waters.

I’m calling on you, as my MP, to show your support for these standards and call for equivalent legislation to be adopted across the UK.

To find more about the Bill and MPs who have pledged support visit https://www.sas.org.uk/EndSewagePollution-SewageBill

Kind Regards

XXXXX

[Add your address here]

MPs love to hear about the experiences of their constituents so be sure to add in a line or two about why you want them to clean up your favourite spot. And don’t forget to add your home address to show you’re a constituent.

Link not working? Copy the text below and send to [email protected]

It looks like your MP does not make an email address available to their constituents. You can write to them at their postal address. Find the details on your MP's parliamentary page.

Example message to MP

Dear Layla Moran,

Did you know there are xxxx Storm Overflows in your constituency which discharged raw sewage into rivers for at least xxxx hours in 2019? (for more info visit https://arcg.is/1He0XL) This is putting the health of constituents like me at risk and damaging the environment.

Did you know that in 2019 water firms discharged raw sewage into England's rivers at least 200,000 times? (for more info visit https://arcg.is/1He0XL) This is putting the health of constituents like me at risk and damaging the environment.

But, we have an opportunity to #EndSewagePollution NOW and restore blue spaces for people and nature.

Philip Dunne MP’s Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill (https://www.philipdunne.com/sewagebill3) will place a duty on water companies to ensure untreated sewage is not discharged into rivers and inland waters.

I’m calling on you, as my MP, to back this world leading legislation by attending the Bill's second reading debate and voting for it on 13 November.

To show your support for the bill please tweet Mr Dunne, or email [email protected].

‘I’m supporting @Dunne4Ludlow Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill to help #EndSewagePollution #TogetherForRivers’.

https://bit.ly/31CS1zs

To find more about the Bill and MPs who have pledged support visit https://www.sas.org.uk/EndSewagePollution-SewageBill

Kind Regards

XXXXX

[Add your address here]

Dear Layla Moran,

Did you know that despite years of investment, sewage and agricultural pollution still plague the rivers and coast of the UK? For more info visit https://arcg.is/1He0XL

But, we have an opportunity to #EndSewagePollution NOW and restore blue spaces for people and nature.

Philip Dunne MP’s Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill (https://www.philipdunne.com/sewagebill3) has the chance to be a new gold standard in water quality legislation and will place duty on water companies in England to ensure untreated sewage is not discharged into rivers and inland waters.

I’m calling on you, as my MP, to show your support for these standards and call for equivalent legislation to be adopted across the UK.

To show your support for the bill please tweet Mr Dunne, or email [email protected].

‘I’m supporting @Dunne4Ludlow Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill to help #EndSewagePollution #TogetherForRivers’.

https://bit.ly/31CS1zs

To find more about the Bill and MPs who have pledged support visit https://www.sas.org.uk/EndSewagePollution-SewageBill

Kind Regards

XXXXX

[Add your address here]

Your MP represents YOU in Parliament and as a constituent, you have the power to demand they support the Bill.

In 2019 alone, raw sewage was discharged into UK rivers over 200,000 times threatening the health of water users and the natural environment.

Over 40,000 of you signed a petition calling on the government to introduce world leading water quality legislation to #EndSewagePollution and Government have a chance to do that NOW.

The Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill will make sure water companies stop sewage discharges into rivers, lakes and waterways in England. The Bill is going through Parliament as we speak and we need YOUR help.

© The Rivers Trust

Why we need action?

Sewage pollution still plagues the rivers and ocean. In 2019 there were over 200,000 discharges of untreated sewage into UK rivers and almost 2,000 discharges into UK coastal bathing waters during the May-September bathing season alone.

The sheer volume of sewage and run-off entering the water means the UK is ranked just 25th out of 30 EU countries for coastal water quality and only 16% of waterways meet good ecological status.

When we enter into water that has raw sewage in it we are at risk of gastroenteritis, ear, nose and throat infections, skin infections, and even hepatitis and e-coli. Research has shown that water users in the UK remain just as likely to become ill from seawater as they were in the 1990s. Poor water quality can also harm river and ocean wildlife, reducing biodiversity and damaging delicate ecosystems.

Is your local river affected?

Learn about sewage pollution

What is the Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill?

The #EndSewagePollution Coalition have worked closely with the Senior Conservative MP and Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Philip Dunne, to draft The Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill.

The Bill will place a duty on water companies to ensure untreated sewage is no longer discharged into England’s inland waters. It will require water companies to set out plans to progressively reduce their reliance on combined sewer overflows (CSOs). It will also ensure an increased level of transparency, as firms will be mandated to publicly report on the number, condition, and quality of the sewage being discharged from CSOs and any other sewer catchment assets.

In addition, the proposed new law will require the Government to investigate further steps that can be taken by stakeholders, such as the Environment Agency, to improve water quality. This could include designating at least two inland bathing waters every year to drive forward standards and setting legally binding targets to increase the number of bathing waters classified as “good” or “excellent”.

The Bill is a Private Members' Bill which means it has been introduced by an MP who is not a government minister. Only a minority of Private Members' bills make it to becoming a law but, by creating publicity around an issue and gaining support from a lot of MPs, they can put pressure on government to take action. Its vital then that we get as many MP’s as possible to support the Bill.

Learn more about the Bill

Read the Bill

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