Scandal Of Thames Sewage

Storms send tons of sewage into London's Thames River.
August 8, 2004, 11am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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Up to a million tons of raw sewage were pumped into the Thames River this week as London's aged sewer system was overcome by torrential rain. Predictably enough, the sewage did not sit well with the river's fish, thousands of which promptly died from lack of oxygen. Experts say it will take years for fish stocks to recover. Thames Water, the private company charged with managing the river's quality, defends its decision to dump sewage in the river by saying that the other choice was having it flow into the streets and homes of London. But environmentalists point out that some overflow happens almost every time it rains, and that the city's antiquated sewage system -- some of which dates back to the 1840s -- was a disaster waiting to happen.

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Published on Thursday, August 5, 2004 in This Is London
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