Heavy rain means more sewage

Picture caption, from left: Conwy county councillor Liz Roberts, Capel Curig community council chair Gethin Davies, Llyr Gruffydd MS, community councillor Shan Ashton.

Lack of action on raw sewage at beauty spot prompts Plaid MS anger

Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru's North Wales MS, has condemned the lack of action over rivers of sewage pouring through a noted beauty spot as today's heavy rainfall has seen another outbreak.
Earlier this year Mr Gruffydd met with local campaigners and councillors in Capel Curig to highlight the long-standing problem of sewage and regular overflows in the village.
The response he received from Dwr Cymru - Welsh Water, which has responsibility for the waste, stated that Capel Curig was among 3,000 locations throughout Wales at risk of sewage overflow. The letter added that Capel Curig wasn't in the top 500.
Mr Gruffydd said in response: "Once again we're seeing heavy rainfall causing raw sewage to flow across fields and into the local river. It's an issue that's been highlighted by myself, local councillors and residents in the past but there seems to be no sense of urgency to deal with this or the thousands of other trouble spots in Wales. 
"It beggars belief that there are 500 or more communities affected throughout Wales that are in a worse situation than Capel Curig - at what stage does Natural Resources Wales, which monitors water quality, start to take action to ensure we're not facing a health crisis? I'm staggered at the complacency in the response and the failure to acknowledge the health risk from discharges of human waste into rivers and other water courses."
The letter from Welsh Water states that an outflow pipe taking sewage to the river was to be cleaned out by mid October. Mr Gruffydd added: "If the work took place as promised, it's clearly insufficient to address the underlying problem of insufficient capacity to meet demand."

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  • Marc Jones
    published this page in News 2021-10-28 13:35:31 +0100

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