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Sh*tstorm: who's to blame for England's water crisis?

England’s waterways are overflowing with sewage. In a recent report it has been found that a record amount of sewage is being discharged into rivers and seas around England. Data revealed that last year raw sewage was discharged, by private water companies, for more than 3.6 million hours, a 105% increase on the previous 12 months. 

And in addition to all of this Thames Water, Britain’s biggest water company, is at risk of insolvency.

Who’s responsible for this shitstorm? And in how many ways is this damaging for the country?

Anoosh Chakelian, Britain editor at the New Statesman, is joined in the studio by Will Dunn, business editor, and Rachel Cunliffe, associate political editor.

Read Will's piece: Who killed Thames Water?

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