FMQs: Cole-Hamilton challenges First Minister over SNP sewage scandal

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today challenged the First Minister over the SNP's sewage scandal which saw raw sewage released into Scotland's rivers more than 10,000 times last year alone.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

“Raw sewage is released into our rivers every day. It is routinely dumped by Scotland’s government-owned water company.

“Thanks to investigations by The Ferret, we now know that this happened more than 10,000 times last year - that’s 30 times a day.

“Scottish Water is only required to monitor 3% of sewage release points, so the true figure will be much worse. Scotland is way behind England on this.

“This is an SNP/Green Coalition that claims to champion the environment, but the Environment Minister herself described the routine dumping of untreated human waste into our rivers as “vital”.

“This shouldn’t be allowed to happen. We’re talking about excrement, wet wipes and sanitary towels. In West Edinburgh right now there are otters, fish, children and dogs playing in the River Almond where sewage has been dumped hundreds of times.

“So can I ask the First Minister, why aren’t there targets to end the release of sewage into our rivers, and how long is this going to be allowed to continue?”

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