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1 in 5 of Oxfordshire’s towns and parishes face significant flooding and/or sewage-related problems

Thursday, 04 November 2021 10:01

1 in 5 of Oxfordshire’s towns and parishes face significant flooding and/or sewage-related problems

CPRE Oxfordshire has published a report identifying issues of flooding and water quality across the County. 

Flooding report coverFindings show that at least 17% of towns & parishes in Oxfordshire experience flooding problems and at least 20% of towns & parishes experience issues with sewage/sewerage infrastructure.

CPRE Oxfordshire sent a survey to the 235 Parish Councils, 15 Town Councils and 68 Parish Meetings in Oxfordshire. Of the Parish Councils and Meetings 105 are being served by Sewage Treatment Works with a record of spilling. In 2020, 87 of these spills were active for over 100 hours; 57 for over 500 hours; 36 for over 1,000 hours (Windrush Against Sewage Pollution).

A sewage treatment plant processes around 130,500 litres of sewage every day (Thames Water). Just one hour could see over 5,000 litres of sewage spilled.

Richard Harding, CPRE Oxfordshire Chairman, said:
CPRE Oxfordshire has long been concerned about the water-related impacts of new development, as well as the all-too-common practice of discharging untreated sewage into our rivers. The findings of our survey show that urgent action is required from Thames Water and policy-makers to protect both residents, the environment and our rivers.”

CPRE Oxfordshire wants to see:

CPRE Oxfordshire has produced an interactive map highlighting where the issues are, view the map here.

Did your Town or Parish Council respond? If not, you can let us know what flooding and/or sewage issues your neighbourhood is facing. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Download a copy of CPRE Oxfordshire's Flooding and Pollution report - a survey of Oxfordshire's Town & Parish Councils, 2021 below.

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