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Eden Rivers Trust answers the 'Call of Nature'

Screenshot from Eden Rivers Trust's new campaign video Photo: Eden Rivers Trust

Staff and volunteers from Eden Rivers Trust have produced and starred in a new video raising awareness of pollution.

The video features a toilet being used on the riverbank to highlight the risk of pollution from poorly maintained septic tanks.

And being filmed sat on a toilet was something of a change from the day job for Will Cleasby who is usually Eden Rivers Trust's catchment strategy manager.

The North West has the highest number of private sewerage systems in the UK with 60,000 properties not connected to the public sewer network. Septic tanks work like miniature sewage treatment systems, which store and treat waste from households.

Eden Rivers Trust say when septic tanks aren't serviced properly they can have a negative impact on the environment, spreading disease in animals and humans and causing pollution in lakes, rivers and seas.

The video is part of a campaign led by Morecambe Bay Partnership called 'Call of Nature' which aims to make people aware of the risks of not looking after an off-mains sewage treatment system. The campaign is led by Morecambe Bay Partnership with support from the Environment Agency, United Utilities, Healthy Waterways Trust, British Water and the Eden, Lune, Ribble, South Cumbria and West Cumbria rivers trusts.

“The Eden Valley is a truly stunning part of Cumbria and part of its appeal is its wild and remote countryside. However, this means that more households and businesses rely on septic tanks and other off-mains treatment systems to handle their sewage.

“We produced this film to encourage people to think again about how they use and maintain these off-mains treatment systems. Think before you flush, no wipes or nappies; think before you pour, no fats and paints; and check the tank for smells and leaks."

– Will Cleasby, Eden Rivers Trust

Here's our report on the 'Call of Nature'.