There are 164 combined sewerage overflow systems along the banks of the River Aire, where quite legitimately Yorkshire Water can dump human waste into the river.
In 2020 there were 5314 discharges from those systems. Those discharges amounted to 25,307 hours of sewage discharges into the River Aire.
The worst location for this practice is at Ingrow in Keighley where untreated human waste was discharged into the river for 2092 hours.
The fact is the decision by water companies and the government to view rivers as places that can absorb pollution has turned these precious watercourses into all but an open sewer, bearing the brunt of more than 3 million hours of sewage discharge across the country in 2020 alone.
This is totally unacceptable
I/we the undersigned demand that the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) take immediate action to dramatically reduce the amount of sewage that Yorkshire Water can legally dump into the River Aire. We also request the Government increases the funding and the powers of the Environment Agency to better police the actions of companies like Yorkshire Water and hold them to account for the damage they do to our waterways. Finally, we call on Bradford Council to enforce the rules for waterways on its own land.