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A long overdue call for overhaul of sewer system to tackle storm sewage discharges in Wales

Welsh Conservatives call for overhaul of sewer system to tackle storm sewage discharges in WalesThe UK Government has launched its plan to deliver the largest programme to tackle storm sewage discharges in history in England.Building on a package of measures already introduced to tackle storm overflows, these plans will implement ambitious targets for water companies to reduce discharges by 80%. Water companies will face strict limits on when they can use storm overflows and must completely eliminate the ecological harm any storm sewage discharges cause to the environment and significantly reduce discharges to protect public health under new plans unveiled by the Government today (31 March).Under the proposed plan:
  • By 2035, the environmental impacts of 3,000 storm overflows (75%) affecting our most important protected sites will have been eliminated; 
  • By 2035, there will be 70% fewer discharges into bathing waters – last year that would have resulted in 4,620 fewer discharges into our bathing waters during the bathing season;
  • By 2040, approximately 160,000 discharges, on average, will have been eliminated (40% of the total); and by 2050, approximately 320,000 discharges, on average, will have been eliminated (80% of the total);
Welsh Conservatives have called on the Labour Government to implement similar measures in Wales to clean up our waterways.Last month, it was revealed that raw sewage has been dumped into Welsh waterways more than 100,000 times in just 12 months.Commenting on the news, Welsh Conservative and Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Janet Finch-Saunders MS, said:
“Once again, the UK Conservative Government is leading by example when it comes to cleaning up the environment.“It is vital that Labour Ministers in Cardiff Bay use the largest bloc grant for Wales since the start of devolution provided in last year’s Autumn budget to address similar issues in Wales. More needs to be done in Wales to reduce the discharge of raw sewage in Welsh waterways. “Labour ministers need to act now.” 
Is my river fit to play in take a look at the link belowhttps://experience.arcgis.com/experience/e834e261b53740eba2fe6736e37bbc7b/page/Map/ Welsh Water 2020 data is below for Cynon Valley only the rest for South East Wales can be found on the link below Name area                                               Duration Releases Hours & Minutes              per annum             Harriet Street Aberdare Trecynon                           0 Hours 45 Minutes                    3Aberdare - Tudor Terrace                                      8 Hours 45 Minutes                    15Abernant - Forge Tip                                            31 Hours 15 Minutes                   45Aberdare - Monk Street                                       799 Hours 30 Minutes                 138Aberaman Enterprise Park                                   0 Hours 0 Minutes                      0Aberdare - Curre Street                                       58 Hours 30 Minutes                   36Incline Row Aberdare Aberaman                          9 Hours 30 Minutes                    5Wellington St Robertstown                                    1 Hours 45 Minutes                    3Rhigos - Heol Pendarren                                     92 Hours 15 Minutes                   54Hirwaun - Merthyr Rd                                         1085 Hours 0 Minutes                 118Hirwaun - Trenant Street                                      186 Hours 30 Minutes                 74Tramroad Trenant Hirwaun                                   0 Hours 0 Minutes                      0Penywaun - Mangoed Gardens                            3 Hours 15 Minutes                    2Hirwaun - Bute Place                                          96 Hours 30 Minutes                   41Ynysybwl Near Pit                                             928 Hours 30 Minutes                 144New Road Ynysbwl                                           211 Hours 15 Minutes                 85Fforchaman St Cwmaman                                   0 Hours 15 Minutes                    1Park View Abercwmboi                                      8 Hours 0 Minutes                      9Abercwmboi - Bronallt Terrace                         793 Hours 30 Minutes                 54Cwmbach - Pant-y-Cerdin                               219 Hours 15 Minutes                 75Cwmbach - Bronhaul                                       31 Hours 0 Minutes                    18Cwmbach - Bryngolwg                                    0 Hours 15 Minutes                    1Cwmbach - Crown Row                                   26 Hours 45 Minutes                   13Cwmbach - Bro Deg                                       177 Hours 0 Minutes                   57Cwmbach - Bro Deg                                           308 Hours 45 Minutes                 102Cwmbach - Sion Terrace                                   49 Hours 15 Minutes                   27Maeshyfryd                                                       5 Hours 15 Minutes                    7Canal Rd Cwmbach                                           78 Hours 0 Minutes                    26Long Row Mountain Ash                                     39 Hours 0 Minutes                    18Mountain Ash - Hamilton St                               0 Hours 0 Minutes                      0Duffryn Woods Mountain Ash                            133 Hours 15 Minutes                 35Mountain Ash - New Road                                 157 Hours 15 Minutes                 48Miskin - Miskin Road                                         688 Hours 0 Minutes                   123Mountain Ash - Glasbrook                                 241 Hours 45 Minutes                 70Station Terrace Mountain Ash                            71 Hours 30 Minutes                   51Pontcynon Pipe Bridge                                       1216 Hours                                0         Town Hall Mountain Ash                                   32 Hours 30 Minutes                   11Aberaman - David Street                                   9 Hours 45 Minutes                    5Aberaman - Glancynon Terrace                         5 Hours 30 Minutes                    5Clifton Crescent Aberaman                               11 Hours 0 Minutes                    21Aberaman - Wind Street                                   57 Hours 15 Minutes                   47Cardiff Rd Aberaman                                        42 Hours 45 Minutes                   41Erw Las Aberdare                                             17 Hours 15 Minutes                   27Harriet St Llwydcoed                                         436 Hours 0 Minutes                   94Cwmdare - David St                                          0 Hours 0 Minutes                      0Merion St Aberdare                                          857 Hours 45 Minutes                 121Aberdare Elizabeth Street                                 91 Hours 0 Minutes                    61Aberdare Rugby Club                                       98 Hours 15 Minutes                   39Mikefield Aberman                                           1168 Hours 15 Minutes               94Aberdare - Aberaman Ind Est                           1718 Hours 15 Minutes               146Cwmdare - Glan Road                                      51 Hours 45 Minutes                   19Aberaman - Cynon Street                                 2 Hours 30 Minutes                    9Aberaman - Fforchaman Street                         0 Hours 15 Minutes                    1 http://www.environmentdata.org/archive/ealit:3337/OBJ/20001882.pdf https://www.dwrcymru.com/en/our-services/wastewater/combined-storm-overflows/valleys-and-south-east-wales https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/ParkingRoadsandTravel/Roadspavementsandpaths/FloodAlleviation/RelatedDocuments/FloodRiskManagementPlanFinal.pdf https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/Resident/ParkingRoadsandTravel/Roadspavementsandpaths/FloodAlleviation/RelatedDocuments/FloodRiskManagementAppendicies.pdf https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/plaid2016/pages/10646/attachments/original/1607292139/Rhondda_Flooding_Report_ENGLISH.pdf?1607292139 https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/mountain-ash-flooding-storm-dennis-17758376