The Solutions

Timescales…

Key driving themes

The better solutions in the medium to long term will inevitably embrace a range of strategies, from source control or SuDS, to separation, storage and the enhancement of the existing sewage network and STWs.
Thames Tunnel Commission, Recommendations, §5.2.2

  • Embrace all the storm and waste-water challenges of the 21st century
  • Incremental implementation based on objective and transparent metrics
  • Enhance sustainability by working with nature instead of against it.

Why a radical change of tack is urgently required

We’re very concerned that mega-projects currently under consideration, such as Thames Tunnel, take the public’s and politicians’ attention – and their wallet – away from the real long-term storm water management issues brought about by climate change.

That a drastic change of tack is absolutely necessary is well illustrated by the pattern of quick oscillations between floods and droughts (sometimes even occurring simultaneously) we seem to have come to expect, with a growing sense of helplessness. The water industry’s response seems to be to continue with yet more climate-change inducing mega-projects[1].

Getting to an optimal solution that duly encompasses all these issues will take real political courage and a radical vision. Now is indeed the time to be bold and stop perpetuating 19th century workarounds to 21st century problems, just because they fit certain short-termist agenda. Please join us to spread the word.

Please see more details on the solutions

  1. [1] Alas, the Thames Tunnel is not the only example of this. Just a couple of years ago, a massive energy-hungry desalination plant was commissioned at a cost of £250m, just months before heavy rains caused the Mogden STW and some CSOs to spill into the Thames and kill thousands of fish, with only another few month until the April 2012 hosepipe ban was introduced. There is an explanation for the Water Industry’s behaviour; it’s called “Capex Bias” (basically, a financial incentive for privatised monopoly water companies to favour the most expensive solutions). The regulator, Ofwat acknowledges it is a real issue