35% increase in sewage dumps by Severn Trent Water last year

28 Mar 2024
An image of the bridge that goes over the River Sowe, close to Servern Trent Water, Finham

New figures released by the Environment Agency have shown that Severn Trent Water which covers Coventry & Warwickshire discharged sewage a staggering 60,253 times last year, a 35% rise compared to in 2022.  

Coventry Liberal Democrats are calling for tougher action against sewage dumping in local rivers/beaches, 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.

Chair of the Coventry Liberal Democrats, Dr Jamie Simpson said:

“It is a complete scandal that filthy sewage is being pumped into Coventry & Warwickshire’s rivers and waterways. 

“Our community should not be forced to put up with this any longer yet time and again this government has voted against tougher action on sewage dumping. 

"Here in Coventry, the Liberal Democrats have been leading the way in holding water companies to account and have called for tougher action to stop sewage being dumped in local rivers. We need to see a ban on bonuses for water company bosses whose firms have pumped filth into our waterways and our local community is protected from this filth."