Climate change, population growth and greater urbanisation are adding pressure onto our Victorian-era sewer system. During heavy rainfall, using storm overflows may be necessary to prevent sewage backing up into people’s homes and onto roads. We've set up a Storm Overflow Task Force to significantly reduce our use of storm overflow releases by 2030. We're already working hard towards our target, with at least five pioneering projects (pathfinders) taking place across our region over the next two years.
Below you'll find information about what storm overflows are, what we're doing to tackle their use – and how you can get involved.