Protecting our rivers and beaches from sewage discharges

The UK government has announced that fines for water companies that pollute our rivers and seas will be re-invested into schemes benefitting our natural environment to enhance nature, reduce pollution and protect wildlife.

  • Water company fines reached a record level last year and the volume of sewage being discharged into our waters is unacceptable.
  • That is why the government will we make sure that fines for water companies that pollute our rivers and seas will be re-invested into schemes benefitting our environment. Penalties of over £141 million have been levied since 2015 and this announcement builds on our increase in the cap on fines along with new rules and robust targets requiring water companies to invest £56 billion into our water infrastructure – the largest investment in their history.
  • We will clamp down on illegal activity and where water companies do not step up we will take robust action to improve public health, reduce pollution in rivers, and protect wildlife.

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