Aquatiere have filtered through the headlines to bring you a monthly news round up of the latest developments in water filtration, treatment, and conservation.
A shocking 36% of audits carried out on water companies during the past 13 years are missing. The audits are necessary checks implemented by the Environment Agency on a yearly basis. These audits ensure that water companies are following guidelines pertaining to how they get rid of waste. However, since 2010, over a third of audits have not been recorded. The missing audits include data for South West Water, which is one of the worst offenders for pollution. Furthermore, South West Water was fined £90m for illegally letting billions of litres of raw sewage flow into the sea from its treatment works. Is it a coincidence that 13 years of records for their audits are missing?
Pre-Brexit EU laws were in place to ensure building development does not pollute rivers and waterways in the UK. Recently, the UK government had put in a proposal to relax these rules to make it easier for new homes and estates to be built. Luckily, thanks to environmental groups protesting the plans, the proposed amendment to the law was rejected. Although the housing crisis is a very real problem in the UK, a solution needs to be reached and not at the expense of Britain’s already dirty rivers.
British endurance swimmer Ian Pugh set himself the challenge to swim 500-kilometres down New York’s Hudson River. Pugh’s aim, was to raise awareness of the state of many rivers and waterways. The River Hudson’s own clean-up success story made it the perfect choice of location for Pugh’s campaign. The river was once highly polluted as a result of New York’s industrial past. By just being able to swim safely in the river, Ian Pugh is highlighting how much of a turnaround the waterway has made. Mr Pugh is hoping to encourage the implementation of clean-up programmes along other polluted waterways.
Summer is over and so too the feeling of sun, sand and sea. Perhaps when booking for summer 2024, you might want to keep this list of the UK’s top ten dirtiest beaches in mind.
The top ten dirtiest beaches (and ratings) are:
Wharf at Cromwheel, Ilkley, Bradford (3.5/10)
Blackpool North, Blackpool (4.85/10)
Weston Main, North Somerset (4.99/10)
Blackpool Central, Blackpool (5.61/10)
Blackpool South, Blackpool (5.62/10)
Dunster Beach, Somerset West and Taunton (5.67/10)
Saint Annes North, Fylde (6.2/10)
Saint Annes, Fylde (6.27/10)
Weston-super-Mare Sand Bay, North Somerset (6.28/10)
Heacham, King’s Lyne and West Norfolk (6.55/10)
The rubbish removal company Clear It Waste conducted the study. Judging criteria included: water quality, recent swim bans, presence of harmful bacteria such as e.coli and sewage overflow incidences in the local area. Fingers crossed we see some changes for 2024!
That’s all for this month’s news round up. Check back in October, for more on water pollution, conservation news and technology updates…