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Are the water companies really making our rivers cleaner?

Last week water companies pledged to spend £10bn over the next five years to drastically reduce the number of sewage spills going into the country’s waterways and seas. Over 30 years on since privatisation have our beaches and rivers got cleaner?

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Guest: Adam Vaughan, Environment Editor, The Times.

Host: Manveen Rana.

Clips: BBC News Al Jazeera Times Radio, Sky News, Channel 4 News, Parliament.

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