Lib Dems announce £10m plan to recruit new Sewage Inspectors after sewage dumped 1956 times in 2023 in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

21 Jun 2024
Sewage being discharged into a river.

The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to increase the number of water inspections after sewage was dumped 1956 times in 2023 in waterways in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport.

The party has pledged £10 million per year to deliver new water quality inspectors, as part of an ambition to recruit at least one hundred new ‘sewage-busters’. The new water quality inspectors would work for the party’s new water regulator, the Clean Water Authority, giving it the capacity to deliver unannounced inspections, ensuring water firms cannot cover up pollution.

Under the party’s plans, the water regulator Ofwat would be replaced with a new Clean Water Authority which would take on relevant powers to inspect and clean up waterways in England from the Environment Agency.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson Holly Greenberry-Pullen said:

“It is a scandal that the Conservative party has allowed water firms to mark their own homework and waterways across Plymouth Sutton and Devonport have suffered as a result.

“A new wave of sewage busters will ensure no water company gets away with polluting our treasured rivers, lakes and coastlines. 

“Liberal Democrats will hire new sewage-busting inspectors to clamp down on sewage dumping and put a stop to this dreadful scandal.”



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