An­gler says sewage is de­stroy­ing river wildlife

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

AN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL an­gler claims sewage is reg­u­larly be­ing pumped into a South Wales river, af­ter spot­ting toi­let pa­per, san­i­tary tow­els and hu­man waste in the wa­ter.

Terry Bromwell, an an­gler for Wales and an of­fice worker, cap­tured footage of the grim find in the River Rhondda last week.

He said: “It’s ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing. It’s hap­pen­ing ev­ery few hours, I’m told, and it’s been an on­go­ing prob­lem for months.

“I am an an­gler and so I am al­ways down the river.

“I heard it got dirty and there’s a lot of waste com­ing down with used san­i­tary tow­els and hor­ri­ble things like that, so I took some footage.

“This is se­ri­ous now. I have seen a de­cline in the qual­ity of fish in the Rhondda River. This will hugely im­pact that.”

The Pon­typridd-based an­gler said he was shocked when the pipes ac­tu­ally started pump­ing out waste while he was at the site in Porth.

He has been in touch with Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales (NRW), but added: “There’s noth­ing be­ing done about it. It’s ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing. There’s peo­ple fish­ing in there.

“I know they can­not keep on top of it all, but to have an out­ward flow right there is just hor­ri­ble.

“It’s de­stroy­ing na­ture and dam­ag­ing.

“It takes the oxy­gen out of the wa­ter and is not just a risk to the wa­ter wildlife, it’s a risk to the an­glers.

“We want to pro­tect our rivers but it’s like hit­ting your head against a brick wall.”

Terry, 35, who posted the video to Face­book, added: “It’s gross and it shouldn’t be hap­pen­ing.

“Ev­ery­one I have spo­ken to feels the same way.

“Thirty or 40 peo­ple have got in touch with me since I posted the video to com­plain about it.

“It’s thou­sands and thou­sands of gal­lons and they’re poi­son­ing it.

“In this day and age to be pump­ing sewage straight into the river – it’s turned to milk.

“It’s now filled with tis­sue pa­per and the smell is aw­ful. What chance have our fish got to live in this?”

An NRW spokesman said: “Safe­guard­ing the environment and peo­ple’s well­be­ing is our main goal which is why we take pol­lu­tion in­ci­dents so se­ri­ously.

“Pol­lu­tion in the River Rhondda was reported to us and our of­fi­cers are cur­rently look­ing into the in­ci­dent.

“We en­cour­age any­one who wit­nesses a pol­lu­tion in­ci­dent to re­port it to us on 03000 65 3000.” is re­ally

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