375 000 times by water companies last year!
BBC 1 at 1pm today announced the above shocking figure.
In Scotland, according to the Ferret and the National there were 12 725 incidents in the same year.
How does that compare?
Well, do we do the usual 10 times the population thing or take account of Scotland’s area or quantity of water supply? On that basis, per head of population, England’s water companies are discharging sewage more than three times as often.
In terms of area England is less than twice as big at 130 000 sq km to 78 000, so is, per sq km, discharging around 20 to 30 times as much.
In terms of water courses, including lochs, Scotland has 90% of the UK total, so England is discharging around 30 times as much into only 10% of the water supply, so 300 times the intensity of the pollution?
I’d welcome the application of superior numeracy from any reader who can improve the above calculations.