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Water utilities pumped raw sewage into British seas and rivers. for more than nine million hours since 2016, new data suggests.

The figure is an increase of 2553% over five years, according to Labor Party analysis of Environmental Protection Agency (EA) data published under license from Freedom of Information Law.

In the period from 2016 to 2021, water utilities discharged wastewater into water bodies and the sea. for a total of 9 427 355 hours equivalent of 1076 years.

This came after EA issued warnings to vacationers. avoid dozens of beaches of England and Wales this week.

Raw sewage was poured into the sea near Bexhill, East Sussex. on Wednesday.

On Saturday there were red flags. removed which means that the water has been officially declared safe for swimming. in.

However, the beach was almost deserted.

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Bexhill-on- Marine Rachel Streeter

“Dirty, muddy, stinks”

Inhabitants of Bexhill told Sky News they find what they describe as “regular sewage dumps” along the coast are “devastating”.

Rachel Streeter moved to Bexhill.on-Sea in from 2007 to enjoy wild swimming and beach.

She described seeing floating feces. in water on floats.

“It’s dirty, muddy and stinks. In fact, flies fly over the surface of water, and sewerage. It’s completely obvious,” she said.

Rachel says her friends and family everyone got sick after swimming.

Her 79-year-old mother walked for swim last a week and got sick with “severe bacterial infection”.

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Businessmen say they too have suffered from it.

Cliff Midon, who runs canoeing and kayaking business epic life and says he lost “thousands” over in last two years due to waste water discharge.

“We had to cancel the sessions. We were on water with bands when we should have come in how does wastewater come out. We saw it,” he said.

In Hastings people advised not to swim due to pollution risk This week.

Beaches in Channel Bay and Bexhill were closed but have now reopened.

Bexhill-on-sea

“Highly diluted”

The sewers were to blame on heavy rain.

representative for Southern Water said: “It has rained heavily this week. on on dry ground that cannot absorb the surface run-off meaning that more rain, than usual, overwhelmed our network.

“This has resulted in some overflows – which are used to protect homes, schools, businesses and hospitals from flooding – dumping excess water into the sea.

“These emissions are highly diluted.

“We are committed to significantly reducing flash flooding and are launching innovative pilot schemes around the world. region to reduce in amount of the amount of precipitation entering our combined sewers by 2030.”

Environmental Protection Agency declined to comment.

South water was fined £90 million last year for widespread contamination after pleading guilty to more more than 6,000 unauthorized wastewater discharges.

Emissions were carried out out between 2010 and 2015.

Southern argued that the wastewater discharge was not intentional, and after the case stated that the company is committed to transformation, transparency and cultural change.

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