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Is there sewage in your local river?

Updated: Apr 11, 2023

The Rivers Trust have updated their Sewage Map to include the latest 2021 data

Sewage is discharged into rivers across the UK and Ireland on a daily basis. This isn’t an isolated problem; it occurs up and down the country, affecting urban city centre rivers and pristine chalk streams alike. The Rivers Trust Sewage Map will help you find out where this happens.

Let's take a look at the 2021 data for our Essex and Suffolk rivers:

Combined Essex CaBA catchment

East Suffolk CaBA catchment

Report an environmental incident

While you’re out, if you spot a pollution incident, any illegal activity or anything else, please report it immediately to the authorities.

These hotlines are open 24 hours a day:

  • England, Scotland and Northern Ireland: 0800 80 70 60

  • Wales: Natural Resources Wales hotline: 0300 065 3000

  • Ireland: EPA Headquarters: 053 916 0600 / Lo-Call Number: 1890 33 55 99*

Explore the interactive map!

Knowing where sewage is discharged into rivers will enable you to take action and to make informed decisions about where you swim, paddle, catch and play. The Rivers Trust Sewage Map below shows where the sewerage network discharges and overflows into rivers. Be warned: you might not like what you discover!

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