Letters Concerning Sewage in the River Mole – Latest news from Mole Valley District Council

In response to recent reports in the national press of untreated sewage being illegally discharged in rivers across the country – and specific reference being made to the River Mole – Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council, has written to the Environment Agency and Thames Water to clarify matters and to understand what action is to be taken.

Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of Mole Valley District Council, said: “Residents may have seen the report on the BBC about untreated sewage being discharged into the River Mole. The report names the sewage treatment works at Dorking, run by Thames Water, as being responsible for the highest number of unpermitted spills identified in those findings. 

“The River Mole is an important part of the identity of our beautiful district. I have written to the two organisations responsible for the quality of the river for clarification; Thames Water and the Environment Agency. In particular, I have asked the Environment Agency to keep me updated on their investigation so that we are fully informed and I have challenged Thames Water to provide a specific response to the allegations made in the BBC’s report. 

“I would like to assure our residents that I will be pressing for these organisations to communicate with us and residents about this concerning issue.”


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