News from Inkcap - Ken Austin

Rivers | This week brought both good and bad news for rivers, so let’s start with the bad. New figures released by the Environment Agency revealed that water companies discharged raw sewage into English rivers more than 400,000 times in 2020, during events lasting more than three million hours. These discharges included “human waste, wet wipes and condoms”, according to the BBC. The Rivers Trust welcomed the fact that the Environment Agency had released the data – the first time it has been publicly available – but said that it showed how the current infrastructure required a “radical overhaul”. On a brighter note, the government announced that it would introduce legislation to reduce sewage discharges by water companies into rivers, which the Rivers Trust also welcomed. The environment minister Rebecca Pow wrote about these plans in the Times. The Guardian covered the story.