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English Rivers Too Polluted to Swim In

I assume that includes canals.

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Re: English Rivers Too Polluted to Swim In

I’d have thought canals would be a given. I can’t imagine I’d ever want to swim in a canal given it s basically stagnant water.
Surprised at rivers though, given the fact that otters are now in every county which must say something for the health of the rivers.
Why is anyone surprised given budgets are cut, yet shareholders still demand more profits.
Budgets referring to not only the water companies but things like the environment agency.
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Re: English Rivers Too Polluted to Swim In

I have known for several years that the Environment Agency were under-resourced.

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Re: English Rivers Too Polluted to Swim In

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I have known for several years that the Environment Agency were under-resourced.

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Tell me something that isn’t under resourced! (Apart from ‘Community Safety’ teams perhaps)
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The Palace of Westminster bars & restaurants?

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Surprised at rivers though, given the fact that otters are now in every county which must say something for the health of the rivers.
Salmon have returned to many of our rivers including the Thames, Tees and Tyne which would have been unthinkable fifty years ago.

When my father worked at Silvertown in the 1960's and 1970's he always said that if anyone fell into the river the medical teams' first priority was to get the casualty's stomach pumped out, so toxic was the water. Don't forget that gas works, which operated in almost every town at one point, dealt with some nasty chemical by-products of the gas and coke production processes. These were often located alongside rivers and I daresay chemicals often found their way into the water.

I suspect agricultural run off is now a greater risk to health than industrial pollution.
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Re: English Rivers Too Polluted to Swim In

Isn’t the problem with the agricultural run off all the steroids that is poured over and into the animals?

Gas works wise though, we were lucky as our gasworks fronted onto the local harbour as opposed to a river.
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Isn’t the problem with the agricultural run off all the steroids that is poured over and into the animals?
Steroids, and antibiotics, chlorine and goodness knows what else.

Don't forget farmers muck spreading on their fields too.
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Yeah, of course, I forgot the antibiotics. So not only do we drain all the water from rivers but what we don’t drain, we fill with crap! Humans are our own worst enemies.
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No problem post Brexit, unless you're allergic to milk.

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Re: English Rivers Too Polluted to Swim In

We've got a pretty little river in our local park that the kids play in during the summer. A couple of hundred meters up stream there's an outlet that lets sewage into the river when the drains are overloaded!

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We've got a pretty little river in our local park that the kids play in during the summer. A couple of hundred meters up stream there's an outlet that lets sewage into the river when the drains are overloaded!

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Looking on the bright side, those’ll be the kids without any ‘modern’ allergies, assuming they survive any incidents!
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