Is our water as polluted as we’re being led to believe?

Run-off: according to a Welsh Water representative, discharges into our rivers and the sea during storms are not nearly as dangerous as we’ve been led to believe.

Welsh Water have been having a conference about pollution at a venue here in Mid Wales, and one of that organisation’s representatives told me a very interesting snippet of information (in a pub, afterwards).

You’ll be aware that the Tory government passed a motion last year that allows water firms to discharge raw sewage into our waterways.

Well, this man said that while sewerage water is indeed discharged into the rivers during storms, it is always diluted to a point at which it is not considered harmful, under passes handed out by the Environment Agency.

And he suggested that this was validated when the Ironman Challenge tested the water at Tenby/Saundersfoot and said it was the cleanest they had found.

Whether this was true or not is hard for me to judge, though, because the man telling me all this turned out to be extremely gay and was trying (we think) to seduce me (even though I’m extremely not-gay). No, he didn’t get anywhere! In classic journalistic tradition, I made my excuses and left.

I checked the Ironman website and Saundersfoot didn’t seem to have anyone swimming through it; the bike ride went through there.

And even if it is clean, this is just one water company. What about all the others?

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