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Another Thames Water Sewage Spill

We are saddened and angry to learn of the latest catastrophic failure at the Thames Water Sewage Treatment Works in Little Marlow last Friday. Thousand of litres of sewage were dumped for 16+ hours into the river, as well as a large amount of hazardous contamination in nearby streams and lakes.
This is an area very familiar to us as it is such an important area for wildlife. Our water vole project team regularly spots signs of protected species using these waterways. The wildlife is now at risk from the impact. It wasn’t very long ago we saw dozens of dead birds at Spade Oak Lake, very soon after a similar failure.
At a time when our natural environment needs help, these regular failings cannot be allowed to continue. Dumping sewage in our rivers and lakes is dangerous to people and wildlife. Do we have to wait for the River Thames to be declared ecologically dead again, before something is done?
Local naturalist Steve Backshall has been in contact with us “‘this precious stretch of river is home to kingfishers, a huge amount of water birds, fish, and even a family of otters. Wild swimmers and paddleboarders use the river even in the winter. For days after a big outage the stench is unbearable , but the effects last for months afterwards. Anglers, dog walkers and birders are wading around in human filth, and who knows what the dogs will be eating. Enough is enough!!!!”