Beaches England and Wales have closed because water companies pumped raw sewage the sea. The UK Environment Agency issued warnings to holidaymakers to avoid dozens beaches this week. Some of the beaches were popular places for tourists, surfers and swimmers. They risked catching diseases if they went the water. Water companies advised people to keep their mouth closed if they swam the sea. A resident the south coast town Bexhill-on-Sea described seeing things she didn't want to see floating the water when she swam. She said: "It's filthy, murky, and it stinks." She added the sewage was "quite obvious" to see and smell. She called it a "poonami".
Many people England are angry the water companies. England sold its water to private investors 1989. Company CEOs are now getting million-dollar salaries and bonuses while dangerous raw sewage is polluting the environment. Water companies have pumped raw sewage Britain's seas and rivers more than nine million hours 2016. There has been a 2,000 per cent increase the past five years. In 2016, the European Union said England's beaches were the cleanest in Europe; now they are the dirtiest. One Briton said clean water was a human right and not company profits. She said water company CEOs care more their salaries than the UK's environment.