Water quality and sewage
Pollution can affect the quality of water in our ocean, in turn affecting the marine wildlife that call the ocean home. From wet wipes to sewage sludge, the impacts of this pollution can be devastating.
Sewage sludge might seem an unexpected topic of discussion when it comes to the health of our oceans, but it’s actually incredibly relevant. Read on to discover the dangers and find out what action is needed.
For more than 30 years we have campaigned for better water quality at our coast. By highlighting which beaches were too dirty to swim in, we put pressure on governments and environmental regulators to introduce better legislation to protect bathing water quality and make sure that water companies invested in better sewage treatment.
Wet wipes and sewage debris
Wet wipes are one of the most common litter items we find on UK beaches. Wet wipes and other sanitary items like pads and tampons end up on our beaches and in the environment as they’re often mistakenly flushed down the toilet.
Water companies across England have become too reliant on using storm overflows to dump raw sewage in our waters, rather than improve their infrastructure. The raw sewage contains a cocktail of bacteria, viruses, harmful chemicals, and microplastics. This is a disaster for our ocean.