Facts and Statistics

Planet Earth has now around 500 “dead zones,” the equivalent to the territory of the United Kingdom.
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In England and Wales alone, over three thousand instances of oil and fuel pollution occur every year.
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In 2006 alone, wastewater and the sewage industry in Wales and England contributed to 25% of the major water incidents and disease outbreaks that happened throughout these countries.
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According to a study in 2015 performed by the Environmental Agency, only 17% of England’s rivers are in good environmental health.
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Water pollution in English rivers leads to a surprising number of waterborne illnesses throughout England every year. Many of these illnesses come from bacteria that are found in polluted water sources. Weil’s disease, a deadly illness that causes diarrhea, vomiting, muscle pain, and headache, infected 58 people in England in 2009 alone. Every year, over five thousand people in England are infected with cryptosporidiosis, a parasite present in polluted water sources.
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55% of the UK’s failing rivers are polluted with sewage. That’s about 40% of all rivers in England and Wales.
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There are over 18,000 sewer overflows across England and Wales and about 90% of them discharge raw sewage (mixed with rainwater) directly into rivers.
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8-14% of sewer overflows are spilling sewage into rivers at least once a week, and between a third and a half at least once a month.
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UK water companies spend over £88million to clear sewer blockages every year.
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80% of sewer blockages are caused by misuse of toilets as a wet bin.
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80% of sewer blockages are caused by misuse of toilets as a wet bin.
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