Pipe owned by Thames Water spilling into the River Coln, turning the water brown at Fairford
It's more profitable to pollute than to act sustainably
In 2020, Thames Water reported profits of £244.6 million after tax. As a whole, the water industry has made around £72 billion since being privatised. They continue to pollute -- both legally and illegally -- but there is little incentive to fix the problem. The Environment Agency's prosecutions policy ignores many offences.
Meanwhile, your river is being destroyed
Swinbrook's charity rafting event was cancelled due to concerns about public health. Plant-life is being choked out of existence by sewage fungus and algae. Some species of fish (such as barbel and grayling) are struggling to breed. We want our river back and we’re pretty sure you do too.
This photo shows the River Windrush, near Burford, in 2010. The water is clear and the weed is abundant – ideal conditions for wildlife.
Photo by Adam Burton, July 2010