Last week Ruth Cadbury MP voted to strengthen the law to stop water companies from polluting our rivers and the sea with raw sewage.
This vote took place on votes on amendments to the Environment Bill, where Ruth voted for a change to the law that would have placed a legal duty on water companies to reduce the amount of untreated sewage that is being discharged into rivers.
This comes after reports from the Environment Agency that water firms discharged raw sewage into English waters 400,000 times in 2020, a 27% increase on the previous year. This includes regular discharges from Mogden Sewage Works in Isleworth into the Thames, when the incoming storm water and sewage exceeds the capacity of the storm tanks, built to hold back excess water until it can be processed.
Speaking after the vote, Ruth Cadbury MP:
“Our rivers should be the crowning jewel of our environment. They offer a home and habitat for animals, a location for outdoors activity and a site of great natural beauty.
That’s why I voted to force water companies to stop dumping dirty sewage directly into our rivers and the sea. We know first-hand in West London about this as Thames Water discharge dilute sewage into the great River Thames every time we have more than a drizzle. Thames Water doubled the treatment capacity of Mogden Sewage works within the last ten years, but failed to address the lack of capacity of the storm tanks, something I have been challenging for years.