Pollution Sources

Plastics in the Oceans

Plastics enter the oceans via our drains and sewers.  Deadly micro and nano-plastics are invisible!

Plastics and micro-plastics are a massive threat to our global marine ecosystems and our planet, only equal to Global Warming.


 The flow has to be stopped at source before they reach the oceans and beaches. This does not mean outlawing the use of plastics but managing their disposal and preventing them from entering and emerging from our drains and sewers by using filters on for example washing machines and smart network flow management to reduce the activation of sewer storm overflows 



 Join us in the campaign to stem the flow of plastic in the oceans at source

Sewers and Sewer Overflows CSOs

On of many CSO overflows the regularly permits plastics and sewage enter our aquatic environment

Sewers, Drains and Sewer Overflows commonly referred to as CSOs are one of the largest sources of plastics, sewage and macerated hospital waste entering the oceans and inland water bodies. 


CSO overflows are designed to prevent flooding and sewage treatment works overload but and many in the industry would argue their presence is better than having sewer flooding to contend with.


However we believe that with retrofit flow regulation devices, the mandating of SuDS (sustainable urban drainage), water buts, flow attenuators, filters, screens, containment weirs, the  volume of pollution spilled and  the frequency  of spills can be reduced at a modest cost without having to resort to building new sewers and sewage treatment works. 


 

Pollution from Mining Discharges

A typical mine-water discharge red/brown through iron oxide salts

Globally there are hundreds of thousands of active and disused mines all spewing pollution into our aquatic environment and/or groundwater.


The majority of the pollution comes from mine flooding but there is also considerable pollution from active mine processes too. 

In the case of abandoned mines water dissolves minerals and metal salts either within the mine shafts or the slag heaps  to create toxic cocktails of polluted water that eventually seeps from to the surface or contaminates the aquifer. Mine water can be highly as it can contain heavy metals such as arsenic, iron. 


We believe mine water pollution can be considerably reduced if it is monitored, treated and controlled at source 

Macerated Hospital Waste

Is the Healthcare sector score a home goal  - recirculating disease  via our drainage systems

This is one of the largest 21st century scandals where  instead of bagging and incinerating potentially toxic, viral and bacterial laden waste, is is now in many countries including the UK captured in pulp paper containers which are macerated and flushed down sewer networks without any form of treatment, only to enter the aquatic environment  where the waste becomes ingested by marine life or our children while splashing on the beaches. However worse still, we are told that radioactive iodine is flushed too!


  Join us in the campaign to outlaw this ill conceived  practice and to bring back incineration


image1

 

However, sadly in the Western World there is too much of an autopsy culture based on logging and reporting rather than one which invests in tackling the discharges head on. We believe this investment is misguided and far better return would be obtained by investing in spill reduction technology under the control of real-time sensor networks. 


Join us in the campaign to replace autopsy reporting  with real-time control and Smart Network Management 

Industrial Pollution

The products you consume produce pollution. Boycott those that cannot evidence a clean policy

Industries globally produce pollution, this can take many forms from the discharge of toxic chemicals, nutrients,  silts that create turbidity, through to cooling waters that cause an excessive temperature rise in a water body.


 The more ethical make great efforts to eliminate pollution however for every ethical business there are countless unethical businesses that spew all types of pollution into our aquatic world and groundwater.

Unlike airborne pollution that soon disperses, aquatic pollution can remain for a long time trapped in soil strata, silts or lagoons for decades.


On top of this the the risk of un-intended discharges that can arise from spills and firewater. The latter being the toxic cocktail that results from fire fighting.

 

Industrial pollution can be controlled and ignorance is no excuse!