Are Oxford’s rivers clean enough to swim in? The results are in!
Thousands of people take to the river every year in Oxford, to swim, canoe, kayak, row, fish or just generally muck about with friends and family.
Yet in the last year, the vast scale of raw sewage pollution in rivers across the country has been revealed, with untreated sewage entering rivers in the upper Thames basin for 50,000 hours in 2020.
On the back of a community-driven campaign, Thames Water agreed to monitor 18 sites across Oxfordshire for levels of bacteria harmful to human health, including popular Oxford swimming spots such as Port Meadow.
For the first time, we will publicly reveal and discuss the results of this testing. Are Oxford’s rivers of sufficiently high quality to swim in? Do they vary at different times of year? Is sewage the main pollution culprit or are there other sources? How can we improve water quality for human and non – human river going folk?
This will be a 45 minute presentation with a break and then 30 minute Q&A.
Speakers from #endsewagepollution mid-Thames, The Rivers Trust, Thames Water (tbc) and WASP