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Thames Barrier: Sewage

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 5 November 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many combined sewage overflow pipes are located between the Thames Barrier and Windsor. [HL6116]

There are 120 consented combined sewer overflows that discharge directly into the River Thames between Windsor and the Thames Barrier.

Fifty-one of these relate to overflows at sewage pumping stations, the remaining 69 are gravity-fed combined sewer overflows.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many consents for combined sewage overflow pipes have been granted on the stretch of the Thames between the Thames Barrier and Windsor in the past five years. [HL6117]

No new consents for combined sewer overflows (CSOs) have been granted in the past five years. All of the existing CSOs have existing consents.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements exist for notification of spills usage of combined sewage overflow pipes on the Thames between Windsor and the Thames Barrier. [HL6118]

Thames Water notifies the Environment Agency when the three largest sewage pumping stations at Hammersmith, Western (Victoria) and Lots Road (Chelsea) discharge into the Thames. These are the only overflows that discharge directly into the River Thames which are reported to the Environment Agency. The large discharges from Abbey Mills pumping station overflow at West Ham, made into the Channelsea River, which in turn leads to the River Lea, are also reported as it is close to the Thames.

The Environment Agency is also notified of storm discharges from the Mogden sewage treatment plant in Isleworth.