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Dirty Water Campaign Waves

Building an understanding of how extreme weather events directly affect our waterways and pollution levels. Taking direct action to demand clean water.

Wave 5

📆 Nov 2023 - ongoing

Join us in WAVE 5 which is rolling in from Nov 2023 until 2024. You can use the options in the Action Pack at any time or for your Saturday end-of-the-month local group actions

Select Wave 5 on the Landing Page which will take you the Action Pack for Wave 5.

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Previous Waves

The Dirty Water Landing Page links to all the Waves of actions and has all the information you need to take part in each Wave.

Wave 4

📆 Fri 4 – Sun 6 August

This time we’re taking the campaign to local bathing spots! We’ll reinforce outreach with flyers and posters giving pubic health information, warning signs, brown flags and Dirty Water banner drops.

🌊 Wave 4 Action Pack

Wave 3

Action Pack

Wave 3 Ripple 1 took place at The Big One 21st-24th April

See the Dirty Water Broadcast on Telegram for info.

Wave 3 Ripple 2 focused on the Local Elections in early May.

For easy access to take part, this is the #VoteCleanWater Action Pack with a separate link to the A3 posters for commercial printing

Wave 2

Digital Rebellion ~ Dirty Water

Take action from your own armchair here

  • Sign up to the Digital Rebellion mailing list here
  • Sign up to the Digital Rebellion Telegram chat here

Environmental Information and Water Companies 2015

23 June 2021 Oral evidence: Water Quality in Rivers, Environmental audit committee

18 July 2013 letter from Richard Benyon, Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries

Government Report on sewage in water by Prof. Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, Jonson Cox, Ofwat chair and Emma Howard Boyd, Environment Agency chair. Published 27 June 2022

Government Implementation Plan for the Chalkstream Strategy 25.11.22

Deep Water Mattermost Channel Deep Water Telegram Channel

Lots of sewage news and info here on the BBC:


Environment Agency Water Basin Catchment Areas

SAS Safer Rivers and Seas Map

EDM Map | Storm discharge data | River health | Thames Water (in real-time)

Raw sewage in our rivers | The Rivers Trust monitor sewage in your local area: real-time data map

Map shows raw sewage emptied into Worcestershire rivers | Worcester News

Articles (in date order/newest at the bottom)

11 March 2021 Hundreds of sewage leaks detected thanks to AI

31 March 2021 water firms discharged raw sewage into english waters 400000 times last year

7 Sept 2021 Sewage discharge rules eased over fears of chemical shortage

25 Oct 2021 BBC: Tory MPs defend votes after uproar over sewage proposals

15 Feb 2022 Mirror article: Fat cat water bosses take home £15m as raw sewage rockets

13 May 2022 Sewage dumps into English rivers widespread, criminal inquiry suspects

25 Aug 2022 UK sewage turning Channel and North Sea into dumping ground, say French MEPs

27 Aug 2022 Liz Truss allowed farmers to pollute England’s rivers after ‘slashing red tape’, say campaigners

River pollution goes unchecked as testing in England falls to 10-year low 2 Sept 2022

14 Sept 2022 ‘We are not going away’: the volunteers fighting back against England’s polluted rivers

1 Oct 2022 Environment Agency knew sewage was being dumped into rivers years ago, leak reveals

3 Oct 2022 Water companies forced to cut £150m from customers bills

Protesters to take to beaches over sewage discharges into English seas 7 Oct 2022

‘Hot air’: plans to crack down on UK water polluters dismissed as toothless 15 Oct 2022

River pollution: New phosphate rules hit thousands of planned new homes 24 October 2022

This article gives a good account of the enormous impact of dairy farms on rivers in Devon 25 Oct 2022

Massive sewage spill filmed at St Agnes beach in Cornwall 30 Oct 2022

MPs who voted for sewage: Full list of MPs who voted to continue | Politics | News | Oct 27, 2021

Ministers have no idea how many beaches in England shut due to sewage | Pollution | The Guardian 6 Nov 2022

9 Nov 2022 Environment Agency Prosecutions 6% of the Level they were a Decade Ago

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in UK rivers close to factory farms | Th) e Independent 22 Nov 2022

Swimming in superbugs: MRSA and E coli found in British rivers — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (en-GB) ( November 22 2022

Water companies dumping sewage during dry weather, SAS report finds 24 Nov 2022

BBC: Wild swimmers are getting sick from sewage, campaigners say 24 Nov 2022

Water chiefs blame UK government for failure to stop sewage pollution 26 Nov 2022

Government to weaken water pollution goals in ‘attack on nature 9 Dec 2022

Target date for cleaning up waterways in England is moved back by 36 years 22 Dec 2022

6 Jan Bloomberg Thams Water Sewage Maps shows pollution in London

16 Jan Moody Ratings Agency downgrades outlook for UK Water Companies

Sarah Jackson: British windsurfer says south coast like 'surfing in sewage everyday 27 Jan 2023

Water company shareholders will need to help vulnerable customers bear the cost of living squeeze: Ofwat 27 Jan 2023

Sewage Overspills result from lack of infrastructure Imperial College 30 Jan 2023

Impending death of the River Wye 30 Jan 2023

Water firms in England urged to upgrade sewage works for new homes 31st Jan 2023

Contained in this Environment Plan is a promise to upgrade 160 wastewater treatment plans by 2027 (There are 7,078 sewage treatment works in England & Wales)31st Jan 2023

Thames Water: Oxford City Council calls for end to water privatisation

'I do give a shit about water pollution' Therese Coffey 1st Feb 2023

Kent: Sewage pours onto street 1st Feb 2023

Water company prosecutions fall in England despite thousands of pollution warnings 1st Feb 2023

Water bills to increase by most in almost 20 years from April 1st Feb 2023

Water firms to lose public funds unless they pledge to stop UK sewage spills 1 Feb 2023

Uk River Levels at record low

10 Mar 2023 Campaigners ask why bathing area applications are rejected?


What Makes Up Flood Water?


BBC Documentary on Pollutants in Welsh Rivers


Angling Trust

River Action UK

Surfers Against Sewage

Take action | The Rivers Trust

UN Water Conference 2023 | Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Get involved with the UK’s largest and most comprehensive water quality testing programme

Useful Contacts

Deep Water: Water and Sewage companies and Telegram links - Google Docs

Water Magazine (a freely distributed monthly publication reporting on the UK’s municipal and industrial water)

Jenni Russell on Twitter

Columnist, The Times; contributing writer, the New York Times; book reviewer, the Sunday Times. Winner of the Orwell Prize for political journalism 2011.

“Please read; the most important piece I've written. Mass poisoning has suddenly killed off most sea life for 30 miles by the Tees. The govt claims it's natural; ind scientists warn it's [hu]manmade. The govt is desperate not to inquire too deeply as its freeport policy is at stake.” Read here

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