|A Heron at Hammersmith during the discharges on thursday|
That is 130,000 reasons why the new "super sewer" is needed and 130,000 reasons why our Council needs to grow up a bit about the issue. In fairness to them they have stopped misleading the public about the scheme potentially leading to residents being made homeless but who can forget that their original campaign against the scheme rested on their desire to "save" Furnival Gardens.
That is the same Furnival Gardens the same Council now wish to concrete over a third of with a bridge linking the park to two giant blocks of luxury flats in King Street, in the teeth of opposition from local people. Which is why people like me, who were taken in by the Council's dishonesty over Furnival Gardens and called on you to support them as a result, find it hard to believe anything they say on the subject anymore.
The basic point about our sewers is that they can't cope. Modern sewers separate rainwater and sewage into different pipes but the Victorian ones we have cannot, and in any case were not designed for a city that has had 150 years to grow in size and population. They overflow regularly into the river and sometimes back up into people's homes, including even as far up from the river as the Askew Road.
It's a hugely expensive project and there are legitimate questions to be asked about how much of the burden London taxpayers should bear alone - but there is surely now no case to answer on the question of whether we need it or not.
And if you're really interested read about my own trip down into London's sewers here - there is a whole new world down there, that very few people up top ever get to see!