REVEALED: Raw sewage was discharged into Ouse Dyke 218 times by Severn Trent during 2021, data shows

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Untreated sewage was discharged into the Ouse Dyke for 376 hours last year, according to latest figures by published by The Rivers Trust.

The data shows there were 218 incidents of raw sewage being poured into the dyke during 2021.

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PICTURED: Land off Burton Road where the main outlet for sewage is located

The Ouse Dyke runs from Gedling then through Carlton until it gets to the River Trent at Stoke Bardolph.

The main source of sewage into the dyke is the outlet on Burton Road near the Inn For A Penny pub in Carlton.

The dyke runs next to the Netherfield Lagoons Nature Reserve and members of the Gedling Conservation Trust, who manage the site, say raw sewage is having a damaging effect on wildlife.

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Gedling Conservation Trust trustee Mark Glover told Gedling Eye: “After a big discharge, the water downstream, including the section from Teal Close and the Netherfield Lagoons can be highly contaminated and littered with wet wipes. In the past, discharges have killed most of the wildlife in the Dyke.”

Severn Trent Water said plans were in place to reduce the use of storm overflows locally.

Sewage pipes

A spokesperson said: “We are committed to being open and transparent about our performance and plans to improve the health of our region’s rivers.

“We’re working with the Environmental Agency to fully understand the potential impact of storm overflows on Ouse Dyke and we are investing in the area and have an improvement project underway which will further reduce the use of storm overflows on the river, due for completion in December 2024.

“Storm overflows, which are used in storm conditions to prevent flooding in customer homes and businesses, account for 3% of rivers not achieving good ecological status.

“We’re already working hard to use overflows less and we’re investing £100m a year to go even further in improving rivers so that nature can continue to thrive.

“As part of our Get River Positive commitments we will reduce the use of storm overflows to an average of 20 per year by 2025 and pledge that our operations will not be the reason for unhealthy rivers by 2030, based on Environment Agency measures.”

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2021 figures also revealed that a storm overflow on Bonner Lane outside Calverton pumped sewage into Grimesmoor Dyke 37 times for 25 hours.

A sewage storm overflow at the Shelt Hill Pumping Station near Woodborough was used 41 times for 791 hours.

The emergency overflow at Burton Joyce by the River Trent was activated 51 times for 724 hours during 2021.

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