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Sewage is dirty business, says Roydon reader

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Will the Government’s amendment stop water companies from pumping untreated sewage into our precious rivers? Last week James Wild voted with the government against putting a stop to this foul practice. After protests, the Government back tracked and said it would place a direct legal duty on water companies to “progressively reduce the impacts of sewage pollution from storm overflows”. Progressively reduce was not quantified. It could be as little as a one per cent reduction.

James Wild said he didn’t vote to stop sewage being pumped into rivers because “it came with no plan to deliver it and no impact assessment”. The very real impact on our rivers is only to clear to see. The Gaywood River once had sparkling clear water where may fly bred and trout swam. Now, in places it is a dank murky brown with no visible wildlife.

North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker claims that eliminating sewage overflows involves most of country’s existing sewage systems to be “reinstated”. This claim is refuted by Christine Colvin, from the Rivers Trust. She said that there is no need to dig up our entire sewerage network and start from scratch.

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