Danny Chambers and the Liberal Democrats demand a Sewage tax on water companies' bumper profits. Here in Hampshire, Southern Water makes staggering £138m profit despite dumping sewage in our rivers.
Southern Water discharged untreated sewage into Hampshire’s fragile chalk streams including the Rivers Itchen, Meon, and the River Hamble, for nearly 6,994 hours in 2020.
The water companies making billions in profit were responsible for nearly 400,000 sewage dumping events in 2020 alone, according to the Environment Agency.
The Liberal Democrats are demanding a ‘Sewage Tax’ of 16% on water companies to create an emergency fund for cleaning up rivers.
Danny Chambers, Liberal Democrat candidate for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford, said:
“It is disgraceful to see a company which pollutes the River Itchen with sewage make so much money last year. I think Southern Water should be made to clean up the mess they make here.
“We are being let down by this Conservative Government who just let Southern Water get away with it. To govern is to choose, and at the moment, the Government are letting Southern Water dump sewage in our local rivers, destroying biodiversity and wildlife.
“Winchester and Chandler’s Ford deserves better than this. We need a local MP that will put Conservative Ministers feet to the fire on this issue and protect our rivers. Let’s not forget that in November, Steve Brine voted against an amendment which would have stopped the dumping of sewage into our rivers and sea.”
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey MP said:
“Given their poor record on sewage, the water industry’s staggering profit numbers will alarm millions of people who care about our environment.
“A big chunk of these profits should have been reinvested to protect Britain’s streams and rivers, instead of letting disgusting sewage dumps continue. The whole thing stinks.
“Our precious rivers, beaches and chalk streams are under threat from these sewage offences.
“Conservative Ministers are sitting on their hands and just letting water companies get away with it.
“It is time to act. The water companies should pay to clean up their mess and Ministers should pass the laws to make it happen.”