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Tracey Logan reports on the regular spillages from London's sewage system into the River Thames and the government's proposed solution.

Tracey Logan reports on the regular spillages from London's sewage system into the River Thames and the government's proposed solution.

A century and a half after the Great Stink forced politicians to think seriously about a sewer system for London, vast quantities of raw sewage are once again polluting the Thames at an alarming rate. The government has announced plans for the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a huge sewer to solve the problem, but completion will not be until 2020 and the project will cost an estimated 2 billion pounds.

Meanwhile, experts warn of the current health risks to river users, including Olympic rowers and canoeists in 2012. Environmentalists fear a repeat of the sewage dump in 2004 that killed thousands of fish.

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Mon 29 Sep 2008 21:00

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