Welsh Water – Sewage in Rivers

Raw Sewage in Rivers

A review of data from Welsh Water’s Sewage Treatment Works Next Work shows Raw Sewage being dumped in to Welsh River for 10,000’s of hours per year.

The data was released following monitoring of Storm Overflow (CSO in England) events within Welsh Water’s Operating Area.

How Much Sewage

The below data shows three plants and the number of hours in each year when a Storm Overflow was is use, and the number of time the overflow system was in use.

Trebanos WwTW 3676 Hours 30 Minutes 270
Pencader WwTW 2620 Hours 15 Minutes 143
Puncheston WwTW 4100 Hours 0 Minutes 233

Storm overflows were originally intended to bypass sewage treatment works (delivering raw sewage to rivers) in time of heavy rainfall. But failure to increase capacity of sewers as populations have grown, have lead to for raw sewage to be passed direct to river of 50% of year.

This means that any flushed plastic items such as wet wipes, tampon applicators, dental floss will potentially end up in the river.

Sewage Plastic on Beaches

These visible elements of plastic pollution are troubling enough, but billions of plastic particles from laundering of clothes will also be released.

This Storm Overflow system, also i use in England and Scotland is responsible for severe environmental degradation.

This makes our job of cleaning up beaches even harder, as we are fighting against a tide of small plastic debris.

storm over flow plastic on beach

This image above shows a swathes of small plastic debris on Camasumary beach. The very close range in sizes likely indicates that this is primarily flushed material. If it was not flushed plastics, then there would be larger items too perhaps.

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