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RIVER MESS: Sewage spills into rare chalk stream for more than two weeks through Chorleywood

 Published on: 25th March 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Environmental activists have expressed their disappointment at a recent sewage discharge into the River Chess, which runs through Chorleywood.

According to data provided by Thames Water on their live online map of sewage discharges, this latest incident began at 6.45am on Thursday, February 29, and lasted for more than two weeks.

Posting on social media on Friday, March 1, a spokesperson for the River Chess Association said: “This is a very sad development. We had hoped the work carried out by Thames Water over the last two years to make the sewer network resistant to groundwater ingress, along with the increase in capacity, should have stopped discharges. We have to report that this has failed.”

A spokesperson for Thames Water said: “We are clear that such discharges of storm sewage are unacceptable, and we are working to reduce them.

“Over the past four years, we have been investing heavily in both the sewerage system in the Chesham area and at Chesham sewage treatment works (STW), with the objective of significantly reducing the need for untreated discharges to the river.

“Given these improvements, it is understandable that there is considerable disappointment that Chesham STW has continued to make storm discharges to the river this winter. There is clearly more that we need to do to make these discharges unnecessary in future unusually wet years.

“We remain committed to delivering the further improvements necessary to protect the River Chess and its environment.”

Photo credit: Peter O’Connor

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