South East Rivers Trust (& the Wandle Trust)

Tag: Sewage


Raw sewage is entering UK rivers on a horrifyingly regular basis, damaging our river ecosystems and putting public health at risk. In 2019 alone, untreated sewage poured into England’s rivers for an astounding 1.5 million hours, over the course of Read more…


A guest blog written by Jennifer Connelly According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, there are still an estimated 150,000 to 500,000 UK homes with misconnected drains. Dodgy pipework or old houses with out of date plumbing can Read more…


Septic tanks and package treatment works Around 95% of properties in the UK are connected to the main drainage system which is processed at a local sewage treatment works. But that leaves 5%, mostly in rural areas, that have their Read more…


You might think that sewage flowing into our rivers is something banished to the history books. Unfortunately, in reality, this is still a widespread problem. But thanks to our volunteers, the Beverley Brook and Wandle will be seeing some improvements. Read more…


Green Lanes Recreation Ground Pollution   On Tuesday 16th October 2018, a pollution incident at Green Lanes Recreation Ground was flagged to us by a member of the local community. Having visited the site later that day, it looks as Read more…


On the afternoon of Wednesday 24th January 2018, this happened… …. And it’s not an isolated event. This is sewage, temporarily held in a Thames Water storm water tank in Epsom, discharging into the Green Lanes Stream and the Hogsmill Read more…


With the start of 2016 comes the One Year Anniversary of our Hogsmill Pollution Patrol scheme – and what an amazing job it has done so far! Throughout 2015, our trained volunteers have been monitoring 15 outfalls on the Hogsmill for Read more…