Safeguarding the future of the river Usk.
Raw sewage discharge incident
After localised rain on Friday, 10 September 2021, raw sewage was discharged into a low river at Usk town. A dog walker reported it and took a video that has been posted on the Usk Town Facebook page:
Here is another photo of the discharge (thank you, Emma Blackwell, for both photos and video):
The outfall belongs to Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water (DCWW). We understand it has no formal consent from Natural Resources Wales (NRW). It often discharges raw sewage and associated debris into the Usk after rain and was shown on BBC's 'Panorama' in the spring. On behalf of the Usk Fishing Association, its Chairman, Harry Legge-Bourke, has raised the problems of sewage discharges, both treated and raw, into the Usk with DCWW and local politicians.
Regarding the low flows, at the top of the river DCWW started releasing extra water from the Usk reservoir on 15 September at a rate of over 50 million litres a day (the usual compensation release is 9 million litres per day). The water is due for abstraction just upstream of Usk and pumped to Llandegfedd Reservoir but should help the ecology of the river, which is very low (as we all can see). The release will increase the width and speed of the river and add a few centimetres to the height. DCWW plans to continue releasing extra water until the natural level of the river rises following heavy rainfall. You may follow the release on: