The perfect partnership
During this year’s bathing season, sewage was dumped into bathing waters 5,504 times, for a total of 15,012 hours!
This year, we’ve collaborated with the Top of the Poops
team to analyse where and for how long sewage overflows have been pumping sewage into designated bathing waters during the 2022 bathing season (15th May – 30th September in England).
What’s different about this year’s data?
Thanks to the campaigning might of national charities, local groups, and individual ocean and river activists up and down the country, water companies are now required to submit data on the number of times and for how many hours each of their sewer overflows discharge on an annual basis. This data is published by the regulators in March each year.
This year, for the first time, in addition to the annual returns, the Environment Agency instructed all water companies to submit sewage overflow information for the bathing season (15th May – 30th September) by the end of October.
We’ve used this data to help create a recent picture of how many sewage overflow events have taken place and for how many hours sewage has been pumped into bathing waters during the summer season.
In addition, the government has put a requirement on water companies in England and Wales to install Event Duration Monitors on all their sewage overflows by 2023 which, in theory, means they can accurately report every overflow event with no exceptions. The same requirements have not been put on Northern Ireland or Scotland.