Local water companies make staggering profits while dumping sewage in our rivers

The water companies which service Hitchin and Harpenden make staggering £879 million profit despite dumping sewage in our local rivers

  • Thames Water, which services Harpenden, made £488 million last year
  • Anglian Water, which services Hitchin, made £391 million last year
  • Liberal Democrats demand ‘Sewage Tax’ to clean up local rivers 


New analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed Britain’s nine water companies made a total £2.8bn in combined operating profits last year. 

In 2020, Thames Water dumped sewage 18,443 times while Anglian Water dumped sewage 17,428 times

The water companies making billions in profit were responsible for nearly 400,000 sewage dumping events in 2020 alone, according to the Environment Agency. 

The Liberal Democrats are demanding a ‘Sewage Tax’ of 16% on water companies to create an emergency fund for cleaning up rivers. 


Sam Collins, Liberal Democrat candidate for Hitchin and Harpenden, said:

“It is disgraceful to see companies which pollute our local rivers with sewage make so much money last year. I think Thames Water and Anglian Water should pay to clean up the mess they make here. 

“This Conservative Government is just letting Thames Water and Anglian Water get away with it. The Government is taking us for granted and doing nothing to protect our local rivers.


Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey MP said:

“Given their poor record on sewage, the water industry’s staggering profit numbers will alarm millions of people who care about our environment.

“A big chunk of these profits should have been reinvested to protect Britain’s streams and rivers, instead of letting disgusting sewage dumps continue. The whole thing stinks. 

“Our precious rivers, beaches and chalk streams are under threat from these sewage offences. 

“Conservative Ministers are sitting on their hands and just letting water companies get away with it. 

 “It is time to act. The water companies should pay to clean up their mess and Ministers should pass the laws to make it happen”


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