Jenny Wilkinson calls out Severn Trent Water for their sewage discharges into our waterways

27 Mar 2024
Jenny Wilkinson, Manuela Perteghella, Ed Davey and Susan Junes with trees and a river behind them

New figures released by the Environment Agency have shown that Severn Trent Water, that covers Kenilworth & Southam, discharged sewage into waterways for a staggering 440,446 hours last year, a 76.8% on 2022.  

Kenilworth & Southam Liberal Democrats are calling for tougher action against sewage dumping in local rivers, including replacing Ofwat with a tougher regulator. The party has also called for a ban on bonuses for water company bosses whose firms have dumped sewage into waterways.

Conservative MPs have consistently voted against measures which would have helped to tackle the crisis, including the MP for Kenilworth & Southam, Jeremy Wright.

Local Liberal Democrats have been calling for our waterways across the constituency, including the rivers Avon, Leam and Stowe to be cleaned up. Day in, day out, we hear from local residents concerned about sewage dumping and the associated risks to health and wildlife.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Kenilworth & Southam, Jenny Wilkinson said,

"It is a complete scandal that filthy sewage is being pumped into South Warwickshire’s rivers and waterways. 

“It’s beggars belief that Conservative MPs have allowed water firms to get away with this environmental vandalism. Local people are furious that Conservative politicians blocked tougher action on these disgraced firms.

"The Liberal Democrats are calling for tougher action to stop sewage being dumped in local rivers, including replacing OfWat with a regulator that has real teeth to clamp down on these polluting firms. We have also called for a ban on bonuses for water company fat cats whose firms have pumped filth into our waterways."