SEWAGE has been released by Thames Water from its Oxford treatment works today (January 6).

Oxford Thames Sewage Alerts, an automatic notification Twitter account, said the release started at 12.15pm.

It added that people will be notified again tomorrow (January 7) at 6am if the sewage is still happening.

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Thames Water apologised for recurring sewage releases near Oxford over Christmas.

However, the company added it was ‘sometimes necessary’ due to heavy rainfall which has taken place across the county in December and continuing into this month.

A Thames Water spokesperson added: “It’s sometimes necessary and permitted. This prevents it flooding homes, gardens, streets, and open spaces.

“We are currently increasing sewage treatment capacity at a number of our sewage works across the Thames Valley, including Witney and Fairford to be completed by 2025."


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Abingdon, Didcot, Wallingford and Wantage.

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