1. ITV Report

Worrying levels of contamination in Welsh rivers

An ITV News investigation has revealed the worrying scale of contamination and pollution in our rivers from farm waste.

Credit: ITV News

The probe with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism shows last year there were 328 incidents in Wales, which included toxic slurry entering waterways.

Incidents in the last year in Wales include:

  • Hundreds of gallons of milk entering waterway
  • Human waste in water systems
  • Large tyre fires
  • Slurry entering rivers and killing fish
  • 450,000 litres of slurry poured into a tributary of the River Honddu
incidents in Wales of slurry entering waterways

The Welsh Government says tackling agricultural pollution is crucial to improving water quality.

Tackling agricultural pollution is crucial if we are to improve water quality in Wales.

Pollution incidents from farms, of which we have had a spate recently, are having a significant and detrimental impact.

This is an issue where we, as a government, have a role to play but farmers must also recognise the important responsibility they have in addressing this problem.

We are determined to work with them and other respective parties to find a solution.

Where there is evidence of any breach of regulations we expect Natural Resources Wales to take appropriate action.

– Welsh Government spokesperson