Residents urged to join water bill boycott to protest sewage contamination in Yorkshire Dales beauty spot

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Residents urged to join water bill boycott to protest sewage contamination in Yorkshire Dales beauty spot

Residents urged to join water bill boycott to protest sewage contamination in Yorkshire Dales beauty spot

  • The River Swale suffers devastating damage from pollution

By Chris Brooke for the Daily Mail

Published: 7:28 p.m. EDT, August 6, 2023 | Update: 7:35 p.m. EDT, August 6, 2023

Residents are being urged to join a water bill boycott to protest sewage contamination in a river that runs through some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside.

The River Swale in the Yorkshire Dales is suffering devastating damage from pollution blamed on the regional water company and local farmers.

Waters that were once filled with brown trout and grayling are now sparsely populated due to the condition of the river, campaigners say.

A Save Our Swale clean-up campaign has been launched by residents determined to force change. And increasingly, customers are refusing to pay sewage charges on their Yorkshire Water bills.

The Bill’s boycott action is also taking place across the country in a bid to force water companies to reduce wastewater discharges into the sea and rivers – with many boycotters facing legal action and death. execution of debt collection.

Angler Ron Wood, president of Gilling West Fly Fishers, recalled how thousands of gallons of slurry were dumped into the river turning it black. “I have never seen such a shocking sight,” he said.

The River Swale (pictured) in the Yorkshire Dales is suffering devastating pollution damage blamed on the regional water company and local farmers

Last month, more than 100 people packed Richmond Town Hall, North Yorkshire, for a campaign kick-off meeting.

Campaigners accused Yorkshire Water in a public letter of “constantly dumping untreated sewage into the River Swale”.

This added to the pollution caused by the local farming industry, with the introduction of more trees and fencing to keep livestock away from the river banks.

The 73-mile-long river, which empties into the River Ouse, is currently failing pollution tests in all three of its catchments.

It follows a major pollution incident on April 13 this year which reportedly killed thousands of fish, including rare species.

Angler Ron Wood, president of Gilling West Fly Fishers, recalled how thousands of gallons of slurry were dumped into the river turning it black. “I have never seen such a shocking sight,” he said.

The Environment Agency described the incident as the most serious level of pollution. Yorkshire Water declined to comment on the campaign, but said efforts were being made to reduce waste water.

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