The news brand’s ‘Clean Rivers Campaign’ pushes for a “national plan” to combat toxic waste dumped in Britain’s waterways
Since launching the campaign on 13 February, the publisher has spotlighted the growing waste crisis building up in the UK’s rivers, the effects this has had on ecosystems and what is being done to combat the issue.
Commenting on the “imperative” need to prevent a return to toxic rivers once heavily polluted by industry, The Telegraph stated: “The filth in our rivers is partly the consequence of decades of low investment in sewage plants. Most of the country’s waste water systems date to the 19th century and have hardly been upgraded since.
“London is installing a new “super sewer” to replace the old Bazalgette system which was designed for a city a quarter of the size it is today. Even the new sewer is unlikely to be able to cope.
“We can, and must, do much better. To that end, The Telegraph is launching a Clean Rivers campaign to reverse the damage to our waterways before they succumb once again to the sort of pollution that took decades to eradicate. We need a national plan that will transform our rivers for the benefit of future generations.”