Our Calls

We demand an end to sewage discharge into UK bathing waters by 2030.

End Sewage Pollution

We’re calling for…

An enhanced water-quality testing regime

We need an enhanced, world leading testing regime which gives a true picture of the UKs water quality, tests for emerging threats to humans such as antibiotic resistant bacteria, viruses, microplastics, and the effects pollution is having on the environment.

We need to increase the number of inland bathing and recreation sites designated as bathing waters. We want 200 designated inland bathing waters by 2030.

We need accurate real-time water quality information available all-year round for all UK inland and coastal bathing areas as well as popular water usage areas.

World-leading water quality legislation

We need sewage legislation that sets ambitious and legally binding targets to end untreated sewage discharge in all bathing waters by 2030 and to reduce all untreated sewage discharges by 90% by 2030.

We need well-funded environmental regulators to uphold world leading water quality standards and hold polluters to account.

Nature-based solutions to sewage pollution

We need increased investment and associated targets for the restoration of natural habitats to reduce pressure on the water systems and help prevent sewage overflows.

Investment from Water companies and other systemic polluters

We need water companies to invest urgently in their sewage infrastructure and end the use of sewage overflows.

We need the agricultural industry to amend practices to improve water quality, and for government to provides effective support to encourage this.

We need Water Companies to put the environment and public health ahead of private profit.

Call on your MP to pipe up for our rivers and seas

Take action and write to your MP about an issue raised in this report or one of our campaign calls above. You could also ask them to read our report, or the MP Briefing.

When you write, we recommend asking them to tackle a specific issue and lead with a clear ask.

You could:

Ask your MP to invite the environment minister or Prime Minister to support one of the calls in this report.

Ask your MP to write to or meet your water company to demand they take stronger action on the issue, and put the environment before dividends.

Invite your MP to visit your local swim spot. Tell them about the issues you face and your fears about water quality.

Contact your local MP

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Share the truth we’ve uncovered to help more people pipe up for our rivers and seas and #EndSewagePollution once and for all.

Thank you.

Tens of thousands of you emailed your MP in the last year demanding they rethink their plan to tackle sewage pollution. Let’s keep the pressure on and keep fighting to #EndSewagePollution for a clean and thriving ocean for all.