Reduce the sewage!
Our water companies regularly dump raw sewage in rivers and say they have no alternative when it rains heavily - rainfall mixed with waste water from households overloads the system, something which is only supposed to happen on rare occasions but in practice happened 400,000 times last year.
Now there are calls for tougher restrictions on
developers, limiting their ability to connect new homes to sewers and requiring new homes to meet water efficiency standards.
There are also many ways that regulations on new houses could make a big difference. Using grey water from clothes and dishwashing to flush toilets, or from rainwater collected in tanks underground, would help.
Philip Dunne, MP, has put forward a bill to give water companies a duty to reduce pollution into UK rivers.
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