The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 72 (1994) > Issues > Issue 23/24 > Urban Pollution Management in the UK
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Urban Pollution Management in the UK

The management of urban pollution in the UK has a long and successful history dating back to the 1840s when Sir Edwin Chadwick pioneered the separate collection of sewage and stormwater with the slogan ‘the rain to the river and the sewage to the soil’. At no time since then, however, has the pace of change and development been so great as it is today. Increased awareness of the importance of the environment and changes in public attitudes to pollution have been mirrored in the updating and strengthening of environmental legislation, which in turn has influenced the technical solutions required to solve pollution problems. Despite having a generally good-quality aquatic and marine environment, the UK is not without its pollution problems. Particular areas of concern are sewage treatment works (STW) effluents, combined sewer overflow (CSO) discharges and malfunctioning sea outfalls. David Butler